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By Eric LaFontaine, Mount Pleasant Assistant Communications Manager
Mount Pleasant, S.C. (January 22, 2021) - Over 1,000 COVID-19 vaccines were administered to residents on Friday, January 22 during a drive-up COVID-19 vaccine distribution event at Seacoast Church. The eligible individuals who received the first dose of the vaccine, as part of SC DHEC's Phase 1a Vaccination Plan, included seniors aged 70 years and older as well as caregivers of chronically ill and special needs children. These individuals were also scheduled for their second dose of the vaccine to be administered on February 12 at the same location.
Congresswoman Nancy Mace said at a press conference held at the event, “This is the best way we can help stem the tide of COVID-19 right now, by getting our most vulnerable populations vaccinated and that's what we're doing today. I hope more will share this story today and encourage everyone 70 or older or those who are on the front lines to come and get your vaccinations as soon as you can. It's safe to do so.” She continued, “I just appreciate all the community service and everyone coming together. The innovation we see, once again, in Charleston County is pretty amazing so I appreciate everyone’s effort today.”
Mayor Will Haynie also spoke, saying, “It’s a cold dreary day out here, but this is what light at the end of this long, dark COVID tunnel looks like. The demand is here, the collaboration is here, the leadership is here, and I can speak for the Town of Mount Pleasant and our 93,000 plus citizens when I say we are ready for this vaccine, we are ready to turn the corner in this long hard fight against this virus, and we are ready to get life back to normal and this is how we will do it. We will come back again on a cold rainy day and do parking lot medicine if we have to and I appreciate everybody that has helped bring this about today. Hopefully we can use our existing medical infrastructure to deliver this wider and faster.”
The Town would like to thank MUSC Health, East Cooper Medical Center, and Roper St. Francis Healthcare for partnering together to administer the vaccine. The Town would also like thank its partners at The Rotary Club and Seacoast Church for their integral part in bringing the vaccine to the community.
The Town of Mount Pleasant will continue to coordinate with SC DHEC and local healthcare providers to provide up to date information on location and availability of vaccines.
Find locations to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment here.