Rock Hill SC Pharmacy Recognized for COVID Vaccination Effort

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Chad Moss draws COVID-19 snapshots during a pop-up vaccination event in Mint Hill, North Carolina, Wednesday, September 1, 2021.

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The South Carolina Department of Health has recognized the family business Good Pharmacy in Rock Hill as a “community hero” after administering more than 16,000 injections of COVID-19.

The pharmacy, which has served the Rock Hill area since 1963, began administering the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine in January and administered about 7% of the 217,028 total doses administered in York County, according to the State Department of Health and Environmental Control. .

“Some of our long-time customers have actually volunteered to come and help us with some of the paperwork,” said Alton Hyatt, co-owner of Good Pharmacy. “My sister and I couldn’t have done it without the staff and volunteers. We are committed to getting everyone vaccinated. “

The agency’s Community Heroes initiative recognizes individuals and providers across the state who are working to expand access to COVID-19 education, testing and vaccines, according to the DHEC website.

Good Pharmacy is the second Rock Hill area vaccine supplier to be commended by DHEC for its vaccination efforts.

In May, the town’s immunization clinic, which at the time administered more than 50,000 Pfizer-BioNTech injections, received the same award and a governor’s proclamation from Governor Henry McMaster.

“Every staff member is personally committed to helping their neighbors,” DHEC 5th District Board member Rick Lee said of Family Pharmacy. “I think it would be worth it for other small pharmacies to come and see how the process goes, because when you move a lot of people for vaccinations you have to be very systematic and organized. These folks here have the paperwork, record keeping, and fire administration down to a science. “

Assembly of COVID cases

As of Thursday, 50% of all South Carolinians eligible for a COVID vaccine were fully vaccinated, DHEC said. State health officials have continuously urged more residents to get vaccinated after warning that South Carolina’s low vaccination rate leaves it vulnerable to the highly transmissible delta variant, which has since increased across the country. ‘State.

The New York Times recently reported that South Carolina has the fifth highest COVID case rate of any state, down from its second rank last week. The state, over the past week, recorded 93 new infections per 100,000 people, with an average of about 4,777 per day, according to the recent report.

In York County, 46% of all vaccine-eligible residents were fully vaccinated as of Thursday, while 55% received at least one dose, according to DHEC. The county has approximately 223,800 residents eligible for a COVID vaccine.

Despite its ever-increasing vaccination rate, York County is among the 25 worst epidemics of South Carolina’s 46 counties, according to the Times report.

The county recorded 86 new infections per 100,000 residents last week, making it the 24th worst in the state, according to the Times report. York County was ranked 19th last week.

Southern Carolinians can sign up for an appointment for vaccines at Good Pharmacy, located at 1237 Ebenezer Rd., By calling the pharmacy at 803-327-2081.

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Cailyn Derickson is a municipal government and politics reporter for The Herald, covering York, Chester and Lancaster counties. Cailyn graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She previously worked for The Pilot and The News and Observer.

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