COLUMBIA, S.C. (WBTW) – About 4.5% of children between the ages of 5 and 11 have received a dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, according to new data from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.
Adding in those who are 12 years and older, 62.2% of South Carolina residents have received at least one dose of a vaccine, and 54.4% have completed vaccination.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that those ages 5 and older receive a COVID-19 vaccine. The Pfizer vaccine was approved for those 5 years old and older late last month.
The data comes as the state has seen a slight upswing in the number of new cases this week.
DHEC announced 629 new, confirmed COVID-19 cases on Friday, based on information it received Wednesday. It also reported 309 additional probable cases, 15 confirmed deaths and three probable COVID-19-caused deaths. Of 25,475 new tests reported to the state, 3.3% were positive for the virus.
Among those new deaths was the confirmed death of one person and the probable COVID-19 death of one person in Horry County.
DHEC also reported that the number of COVID-19 patients admitted to hospitals has increased by 28.6% over the same time last week. There were also 4% more COVID-19 patients in intensive care units.
The update brings the state’s totals to 729,822 confirmed cases, 181,802 probable cases, 12,194 confirmed COVID-19 deaths and 1,902 probable COVID-19-caused deaths.
New case counts for local counties are as follows:
Darlington – Seven confirmed, seven probable
Dillon – One confirmed, one probable
Florence – 18 confirmed, 17 probable
Horry – 38 confirmed, 40 probable
Marion – Two probable
Marlboro – No new cases