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(Courtesy: DHEC)

GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) – DHEC’s Dr. Brannon Traxler said Friday that two new resources to help South Carolinians schedule and get COVID-19 vaccinations are coming next week.

Traxler, speaking at a virtual news conference, said a vaccine call line is being setup with about 100 call agents dedicated solely to answering vaccine questions and aiding with scheduling. Currently, vaccine-related calls are going to DHEC’s CARE Line.

She said DHEC was also finalizing an online vaccine scheduling program to help streamline the scheduling of shot appointments. Currently, DHEC’s online tool only offers shot-seekers contact information for vaccine providers.

Also, on Friday, DHEC announced 3,528 new confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state, bringing the total to 369,782 cases.

DHEC also announced 23 new virus deaths across the state.

Traxler urges all South Carolinians to get the vaccine and to keep wearing masks, staying distant, and using good hygiene practices to defend against the virus.

So far, the doctor said 542,050 vaccine doses have been received in South Carolina and more than 230,000 people in the state have been vaccinated.

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