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Governor’s office: S.C. National Guard an option to help distribute vaccine more quickly

Published: Jan. 5, 2021 at 7:43 PM EST
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WMBF) – The governor’s office said nothing is off the table when it comes to getting the COVID-19 vaccine out to South Carolinians as quickly as possible.

During a news conference on Tuesday, Gov. Henry McMaster said that since the beginning, the South Carolina National Guard has been involved in helping the state battle the coronavirus pandemic.

They have helped in hospitals, including in the Grand Strand. Over the summer, dozens of National Guard medics arrived at local hospitals to help staff as hospitalizations and COVID-19 cases grew.

And now they’re prepared to help with the vaccine distribution.

“If it’s determined that enhanced National Guard involvement could get South Carolinians the vaccine more quickly, then the governor will order it,” said Bryan Symmes, a spokesperson for the governor’s office.”

This comes after North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper announced on Tuesday that he has activated the National Guard to help with their state’s distribution plan.

Cooper said the National Guard will provide support to local healthcare providers as they pick up the pace to vaccinate more people in the state.

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