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South Carolina expects Johnson & Johnson vaccine soon

DHEC announced 41,400 Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines will be in South Carolina this week.

SOUTH CAROLINA, USA — The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is expected to arrive in South Carolina any day now. Health officials believe a third brand of the vaccine will allow more residents to get vaccinated. 

"If you're offered the Jansen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine, take it," said DHEC's Director Dr. Edward Simmer.

DHEC announced 41,400 Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines will be in South Carolina this week. They didn't give a specific day when the vaccine will arrive, but officials did say it will be available at 125 independent pharmacies across the state starting next week.

"In many cases, those are going to be smaller providers in underserved areas," said Dr. Simmer. "We are going to be looking at some of those doses to expand our provider pool. We're also considering using them at our mass vaccination events where it's harder to get folks back for a second dose."

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is a single-dose vaccine that doesn't require two shots like Moderna and Pfizer. DHEC leaders say the vaccine doesn't contain the live virus and has a high protection rate against severe disease.

"If you look at the numbers, it is 85 percent against serious illness," explained Dr. Simmer. "In these large study groups, no one died who got it."

"As we continue to roll this out and continue to get the Jansen doses, we will also be providing it to physician offices who had the challenges of meeting storage handling requirements," said DHEC's State Epidemiologist Linda Bell.

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Here is a list of pharmacies the Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be offered.

  •   Advanced Pharmacy, LLC     
  •   ANDERSON PHARMACY     
  •   Apothecare Pharmacy     
  •   BABAJI LLC  DBA: Reidville Road Pharmacy      
  •   BANKS DRUG LTC     
  •   Banks Pharmacy      
  •   Beaufort Pharmacy & Compounding LLC     
  •   Beaufort Pharmacy LLC     
  •   Blue Sky Specialty Pharmacy     
  •   Blythewood Pharmacy     
  •   Boiling Springs Pharmacy     
  •   CareSC Pharmacy LLC     
  •   Carolina health pharmacy LLC      
  •   CHAPIN PHARMACY     
  •   Cherry Grove Drug     
  •   CLINTON DISCOUNT PHARMACY LLC     
  •   Connected Health Pharmacy     
  •   Conway Pharmacy      
  •   Cromer Medical Service - LoRex Drugs     
  •   Daniels Pharmacy of Barnwell     
  •   DANIELS PHARMACY OF BLACKVILLE     
  •   Delta Pharmacy      
  •   Delta Pharmacy      
  •   Delta Pharmacy Daniel Island      
  •   Delta Pharmacy Elloree     
  •   Delta Pharmacy Eutawville     
  •   Delta Pharmacy Hollywood      
  •   Delta Pharmacy Isle of Palms     
  •   Dillon Community Pharmacy     
  •   Dotties Pharmacy     
  •   Easley HealthMart Pharmacy      
  •   FirstChoice Pharmacy, LLC     
  •   Florence Pharmacy LLC     
  •   Focus Meds Pharmacy and Wellness     
  •   FOWLER'S PHARMACY #1, INC     
  •   Gaston Family Pharmacy     
  •   Golden Town Pharmacy     
  •   Great Falls Pharmacy     
  •   Greeleyville Pharmacy     
  •   greenville discount pharmacy     
  •   Health and wellness pharmacy      
  •   Herold's Pharmacy     
  •   HOLY CITY PHARMACY, LLC      
  •   Honea Path Pharmacy LLC     
  •   Hub City Pharmacy     
  •   Hubbard Young Pharmacy, Inc.     
  •   Indian Land Pharmacy     
  •   Ironcity Pharmacy     
  •   IVA DRUG STORE     
  •   KEMPSON REXALL DRUGS INC     
  •   Kershaw Family Pharmacy     
  •   Lake Murray Drug Company     
  •   Lake Wylie Pharmacy     
  •   LAMAR FAMILY PHARMACY     
  •   Landrum Drug Co.     
  •   Latta Drug Company, Inc.     
  •   LEXINGTON PHARMACY     
  •   Mauldin Discount Pharmacy     
  •   McLeskey Todd Pharmacy     
  •   MedCare Pharmacy     
  •   Medicine Mart of Gaffney     
  •   MEDICINE MART OF LEXINGTON     
  •   Medicine Mart Pharmacy     
  •   Medicine Shoppe     
  •   Medisave Pharmacy     
  •   Meds & More, LLC     
  •   Mobley Drugs, Inc.     
  •   Mukta LLC ( DBA: BESTRX Pharmacy)     
  •   MULLINS DISCOUNT DRUG, INC.     
  •   Oaks Pharmacy, LLC     
  •   ocean lakes pharmacy     
  •   Orange Cut Rate Drug Store Inc dba Grove Park Pharamcy     
  •   PAGELAND FAMILY PHARMACY     
  •   Palmetto Infusion Services     
  •   Parks Pharmacy     
  •   Patrick Square Pharmacy      
  •   PAWLEYS ISLAND PHARMACY LLC     
  •   Pawleys island Pharmacy of Litchfield      
  •   Pine Ridge Pharmacy     
  •   PLANTATION PHARMACY     
  •   PLANTATION PHARMACY     
  •   Powdersville Family Pharmacy     
  •   Powers Pharmacy of Loris, Inc.     
  •   PREFERRED CARE PHARMACEUTICAL SERVICES     
  •   Preferred Pharmacy     
  •   Prisma Health Pharmacy 10     
  •   Prisma Health Pharmacy 11     
  •   Privilege Pharmacy Springdale     
  •   Professional Pharmacy at Mt. View, Inc.     
  •   Propp Drugs Inc     
  •   Prosperity Drug Company     
  •   R and J Drugs     
  •   REDEC PHARMACY     
  •   Riley's Drugs     
  •   RIVERTOWN PHARMACY INC     
  •   Sadler Hughes Apothecary     
  •   Seashore Drugs     
  •   SMITH'S DRUG STORE      
  •   South End Pharmacy     
  •   South Lake Drug     
  •   Stone Plaza Pharmacy     
  •   Summerton Drugs Compounding & Dispensary      
  •   Sumter Cut Rate Drug Store Inc     
  •   SUP-RX PHARMACY # 91     
  •   Sup-Rx Pharmacy #32     
  •   SupRx Pharmacy #88     
  •   Sup-Rx Pharmacy #90     
  •   Sweetgrass Pharmacy & Compounding     
  •   the Pickwick Pharmacy     
  •   TLC Medical Centre, Inc.     
  •   True Pharmacy     
  •   True Pharmacy - Columbia     
  •   Ulmer Family Pharmacy and Wellness Center     
  •   Union Family Pharmacy     
  •   Upstate Medical Pharmacy     
  •   Upstate Pharmacy Greer     
  •   WALHALLA PHARMACY LLC     
  •   Wall Drugs of Johnsonville, Inc.     
  •   Wall Drugs of Pamplico, Inc.     
  •   Walterboro Pharmacy LLC     
  •   WARE SHOALS PHARMACY     
  •   Waterway Pharmacy     
  •   White Oak Pharmacy, INC     
  •   WILLIAMSBURG PHARMACY