Sen. Goldfinch asks McMaster to make former National Guard general head of vaccine distribution

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HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) — South Carolina state senators Stephen Goldfinch and Nikki Setzler sent a letter to Gov. Henry McMaster asking for former Adjutant General Bob Livingston to be made head of COVID-19 vaccine logistics.

The letter says the vaccine logistics is too big of a task for the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) to handle. McMaster blames the hospitals, threatening to use his executive powers to force them to give more vaccines. He says most have administered just two-thirds or less of their doses.

But hospitals are saying they do not have enough vaccines to make all the appointments and they are getting significantly less than they requested. The South Carolina Hospital Association released a statement saying hospitals have administered 69% of the Pfizer doses they’ve received, and that DHEC says all unused doses in the state have been accounted for with appointments.

“It is our belief that it is crucial to enlist the assistance of a person with the experience and logistical knowledge to develop and implement immediately a statewide logistics plan for receipt, distribution, and injection of vaccines received by the state,” the letter says.

The letter calls for McMaster to issue an executive order naming Livingston as the person to handle logistics.

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