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Vaccine push sparks job opportunities in S.C. health fields

Published: Jan. 14, 2021 at 8:00 AM EST
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NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) - The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control is putting out the call for health workers amid the coronavirus vaccine push.

The agency says, “if you are able and willing, your state urgently needs you.”

If you’re interested, call the agency at 803-898-1169 or 803-898-9095.

It’s looking to hire 150 people to work in vaccine clinics.

Those jobs include nurses, pharmacists, paramedics and administrative support, among others.

The positions are full-time and part time.

Also, DHEC and the state Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation issued a joint order expanding the number of medical professionals who may administer COVID-19 vaccine.

Now authorized to administer pre-measured doses are:

  • Personnel with current certifications by certain certifying boards
  • Students of an accredited medical school with appropriate instruction and documented training
  • registered nurses and licensed practical nurses who have retired, become inactive, or whose licenses have lapsed within the last five years but were in good standing

These newly qualified people will need to enroll in the federal program all providers must successfully complete in order to administer COVID-19 vaccine.

There are currently 924 vaccine provider sites enrolled in the federal program for administering COVID-19 vaccine and 286 of those provider sites are currently activated and able to administer the vaccine. The number of activated sites will increase as vaccine becomes more widely available.

For more information, contact Labor, Licensing and Regulation’s Medical Board at 803-896-4500 or medboard@llr.sc.gov, or contact the Nursing Board at 803-896-4550 or nurseboard@llr.sc.gov.

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