Dr. Simmer: “I encourage everyone to get a safe and effective vaccine as soon as they’re eligible. We’re not going to beat COVID-19 until people do that.”
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February 6, 2021
Video of Dr. Edward Simmer, MD, DHEC Director, receiving his second COVID-19 vaccine.
Courtesy of Beaufort Memorial.
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Dr. Edward Simmer, MD, director of the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) received his second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine late yesterday.
“I’m happy to have received my second COVID-19 vaccine to finish the series and get protected,” said Dr. Simmer, DHEC Director. “Sadly, there’s a lot of vaccine misinformation out there that causes some people to be unsure about getting a vaccine. I encourage people to get vaccine facts from trusted sources like the CDC and DHEC. The vaccine is very safe and has been given to millions of people with little adverse effects. I encourage everyone to get this safe and effective vaccine as soon as they’re eligible. We’re not going to beat COVID-19 until people do that.”
Dr. Simmer also reminded South Carolinians who are currently eligible to receive their COVID-19 to not leave your first dose appointment without knowing how and when to get your second dose.
Reminders for getting your COVID-19 vaccine:
South Carolinians eligible to receive vaccine can schedule an appointment at a location accepting COVID-19 vaccine appointments.
The scdhec.gov/vaxlocator can be used to find those locations and get contact information for scheduling appointments at those locations. People can also call DHEC’s COVID-19 Vaccine Information Line at 1-866-365-8110 during 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week for help finding vaccine providers and their contact information to schedule an appointment.
For the latest information about the COVID-19 vaccine, go to scdhec.gov/vaxfacts and cdc.gov.