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The Comet to Offer Free COVID-19 Vaccines

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Columbia, SC –The Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority (The COMET), in partnership with Health Force, LLC, will offer free COVID-19 vaccinations beginning Monday, May 3. Vaccines are free to the public on a first come, first served basis at the COMET Central transit hub located at the corner of Laurel and Sumter Streets. There are two vaccines that will be offered by The COMET and Health Force, LLC. One is through Janssen, a division of…

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Free Community Vaccination Clinic in Columbia Able to Give Up to One Thousand Pfizer Shots Every Day

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After a  kickoff to the Community Vaccination Clinic at Columbia Place Mall, FEMA, the State of South Carolina, the City of Columbia, and Richland County are seeing immediate results in their collaborative effort to deliver up to 7,000 doses per week. Hundreds of people have already received their vaccinations at the clinic, located at 7201 Two Notch Road. The clinic will be open seven days a week for eight weeks, from 7 a.m. to 7…

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DHEC Statement on Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 Vaccine

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COLUMBIA, S.C. – The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) released the following statement concerning this morning’s federal announcement about the Janssen vaccine, also referred to as the Johnson & Johnson vaccine: South Carolina public health officials received word this morning, like many throughout the nation and the state, that the CDC and FDA have recommended immediately pausing use of the Janssen vaccine due to concerns with blood clotting. Our top priority…

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2021 Impact of COVID-19 on Small Business Survey

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Our business community continues to be significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and our local leaders want to hear from you.  The City of Columbia Office of Business Opportunities has created a survey to determine the current needs of our local businesses.  City staff will use the information gathered from this survey to establish future funding priorities based on the needs of our business community. Columbia is a strong and resilient community and we will grow our…

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FEMA and South Carolina to Open Community Vaccination Center at Columbia Place Mall April 14

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COLUMBIA, S.C. – The White House Coronavirus Task Force today announced a federally-supported Community Vaccination Center will open April 14 at Columbia Place Mall in Richland County. The site, coordinated by the South Carolina Emergency Management Division, South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control and Richland County Emergency Services, will be supported by FEMA with vaccine supplies along with logistics and planning staff. Beginning April 14, this site is expected to deliver up to 7,000…

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All South Carolinians Aged 16 and Older to be Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccine Beginning March 31, 2021

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — Governor Henry McMaster and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) announced today that all South Carolinians aged 16 and older will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine beginning March 31, 2021 and can begin scheduling their appointments as of next Wednesday.  “Our priority with the vaccine has been to save the lives of those at the greatest risk of dying. By staying the course and resisting distractions, we’ve…

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CVS-Aetna Columbia Vaccine Clinic

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As part of their community-based strategy to address COVID-19 vaccine education and equity, CVS Health has opened a COVID-19 vaccination clinic at Benedict College, 1903 Two Notch Road, to serve the Greater Columbia area. To schedule an appointment, call 1-855-287-6789. More information on the education and equity program can be found here: https://www.cvshealth.com/news-and-insights/press-releases/cvs-health-builds-on-community-based-strategy-to-address-covid-19.  

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Walmart Vaccine Clinic – Columbia

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Walmart Clinic Details Book Appointment: The call center is open 8AM-11PM for customers to call and make appointments.  Please call 833-886-0023 Clinic Days: Monday, March 15, Tuesday March 16, and Wednesday March 17 Time: 8AM-3PM EST Details: This will be a 3 day clinic of 390 appointments per day. The second appointment will be booked on-site once an individual receives a first shot. The second appointment clinic will run April 8-9. Location: Walmart Supercenter at…

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SC Stays COVID-19 Housing Assistance

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The SC Stays housing assistance program will provide low-income residents up to six months (or $7,500) of rent or mortgage payments for eligible applicants. The application period is currently open, and applications can be submitted to SC Stays online at scstay.org or over the phone at 833-985-2929. Assistance will be provided until program funds ($25 million) are exhausted. Applications will be processed as they are received. To qualify: Applicants must certify that they are eligible;…

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South Carolinians Aged 65 and Older Can Schedule COVID-19 Vaccine Appointments Beginning Monday, February 8

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COLUMBIA, S.C.—Governor Henry McMaster and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) today announced that beginning Monday, February 8, any South Carolina resident aged 65 or older, regardless of health status or preexisting conditions, can begin scheduling their appointment to receive COVID-19 vaccine. DHEC’s online tool at scdhec.gov/vaxlocator shows locations currently accepting appointments for COVID-19 vaccine and provides contact information for scheduling appointments at those locations. With increased vaccine allocations from the…

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