SC lawmakers considering $208 million for vaccine rollout

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FILE – In this Jan. 9, 2021, file photo, vials of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine are placed next to a loaded syringe in Throop, Pa. (Christopher Dolan/The Times-Tribune via AP, File)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The lawmakers who write South Carolina’s budget will vote Monday afternoon on advancing up to $208 million to speed up COVID-19 vaccination efforts and fund other pandemic relief.

The Department of Health and Environmental Control, hospitals and other vaccine providers would split the funds to help cover the costs of testing, vaccinations and other expenses.

Health officials have said a primary limiting factor to getting shots in arms faster is that the state only gets about 63,000 first doses weekly.

The agency says it will have a new call center to address vaccine questions up and running this week.

DHEC is also creating a centralized statewide platform people can use to schedule vaccine appointments.

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