The Latest on the COVID-19 Vaccine
Rural Health Services follows all DHEC protocols and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regulations related to administering the new COVID-19 vaccine to those outlined in the current phase, as directed by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC). This phased approach for vaccine distribution ensures those who are at the highest risk are vaccinated first.
While the initial supply of the new vaccines is limited, it is undeniably encouraging news that these new vaccines will help in our society’s fight against the pandemic.
Phase 1A Eligible
If you are currently eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, please complete the following form so we can add you to the CDC’s VAMS system.
Important items to note:
You only need to submit one form per person.
The CDC VAMS system requires an email address from each individual requesting a vaccine. You will use this email address to register and login into the VAMS system, as well as schedule your appointment.
Each registrant requires a unique, individual email address. The CDC VAMS system will not allow two individuals to register with the same email address.
Once you are registered by our team, you will receive an email from the CDC with a link to register and schedule your appointment in the VAMS system.
VAMS works best in Google Chrome web browser but can be accessed via any browser except Internet Explorer.
Appointments are based on the availability of vaccine.
Please be patient. We are working on details surrounding the new vaccination process as quickly as possible.
What are the symptoms?
Illnesses can be mild, or in some cases be severe enough to require hospitalization. Symptoms of this respiratory illness primarily include:
- Shortness of Breath
How is it Spread?
- Through the air by coughing and sneezing
- Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands
- Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes
Who is at risk?
- Travelers to and from certain areas are at increased risk as are the close contacts of those who are ill
- 65 years and older and those with underlying health conditions
- See travel guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention www.cdc.gov/ coronavirus/2019- ncov/travelers/ index.html
How is it prevented?
Similar to the prevention of other respiratory illnesses, including the flu:
- Wash hands often
- Avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
- Avoid contact with sick people
- Stay home while you are sick; avoid others
- Cover mouth/nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing
Preparing for the spread of COVID.
Create a home essentials kit:
- Non-perishable food
- Bottled water
- First aid kit
- Baby supplies
- Pet supplies
Use of cloth face coverings
Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19
How to Wear Cloth Face Coverings
Remember to wash your hands before and after putting on a face covering. Don’t touch your face or the covering after putting it on.
Cloth face coverings should:
- fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
- be secured with ties or ear loops
- include multiple layers of fabric
- cover your nose and mouth and allow for breathing without restriction
- be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to the shape
Guidance for persons who have tested positive for COVID
If you have tested positive for COVID-19, it’s important that you take precautions to protect other people’s health and limit the spread of this illness.
DHEC recommends that you isolate yourself from others and do the following:
- Do not have direct contact with others.
- Stay home and avoid contact with others.
◦ Do not go to work or school during this period.
◦ Discuss your work situation with your employer before returning to work.
- Do not take public transportation, taxis, or ride-shares while practicing social distancing.
- Do not go to crowded places (such as shopping centers and movie theaters) or participate in public activities.
- Avoid contact with others in your home. Household members should stay in another room or be separated from you as much as possible. Household members should use a separate bedroom and bathroom, if available.
- Keep your distance from others (about 6 feet) and don’t allow visitors.
- Avoid contact with pets and other animals. If you must care for your pet or be around animals while you are sick, wash your hands before and after you interact with pets and wear a facemask or cloth face covering.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60 to 95% alcohol.
- Wear a facemask, if available, when around other people. If you can’t wear a facemask, others should wear a facemask, if available, when they’re around you.
- Avoid sharing personal and household items such as dishes, bedding, towels, and other items. Wash these items thoroughly after you use them.
- Clean ‘high-touch’ surfaces frequently with a household spray or wipes. These surfaces include such things as counters, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, phones, keyboards, and lamps.
- DHEC recommends that you do these activities until your respiratory symptoms (such as cough and shortness of breath) and other symptoms are better AND at least 10 days have passed since your illness onset AND you have been fever-free without the use of fever-reducing medication for 3 days.
- If you need to seek medical care during this time:
- Call your healthcare provider before going to their once.
- If emergency medical treatment is required for any condition, call 911. Tell the 911 operator and the emergency crew that you are in Home Isolation due to COVID-19.