DHEC: SC ranks fifth in nation for proportion of COVID-19 vaccines administered

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WCBD) – The Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) on Monday announced that South Carolina has been ranked fifth in the nation for the proportion of COVID-19 vaccines distributed.

The ranking was determined by a Becker’s Healthcare report analyzing the number of vaccine doses administered vs the number of vaccine doses received per state.

South Carolina has administered nearly 78% of the doses received, according to the report. This is an improvement from last week’s 68% utilization rate.

The report included data as of 6:00 a.m. January 31, at which point South Carolina had received 560,150 doses and distributed 439,541 doses.

Outranking South Carolina are North Dakota (90.62% utilization), West Virginia (85.12% utilization), New Mexico (83.09% utilization), and South Dakota (81.07% utilization).

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