Important Information on the COVID-19 Vaccine from Roper St. Francis

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The arrival of the COVID-19 vaccine brings us to an exciting and hopeful time in the fight against the pandemic. We have had several questions about when the community will be able to get the vaccine. We are sending this email to clear up any misinformation regarding vaccine distribution.

We are working closely with the South Carolina DHEC and the CDC in our vaccination efforts. We are currently only vaccinating healthcare workers – which is group 1A. We do not have a waiting list at this time for our patients or the general public.

For more information on South Carolina phasing, visit the South Carolina DHEC website.

Targeted vaccination will continue throughout the winter and into the spring. We expect widespread availability in late spring. For the latest Roper St. Francis Healthcare vaccine information, visit

The Aku Venue Grand Opening in Moncks Corner, SC – Friday, January 22, 2021

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The Aku Venue Grand Opening

We’re pleased to invite you into Moncks Corner’s newest and freshest event space in town! Stop in to witness us opening the doors!

There always seems to be a shortage of options when looking for a space to host your special event. This is what inspired The Aku Venue (aka T.A.V.) to be birthed to life. We’re so excited to provide our community with exceptional service in an elegantly designed & clean atmosphere.

You may also like the following events from The Aku Venue:

Tickets for The Aku Venue Grand Opening can be booked here.

SC Works Trident offering virtual workshops for job seekers in January

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CHARLESTON, S.C. –?SC Works Trident provides job seekers with employment support in a variety of ways from job searching to application assistance to on-the-job training and education.? SC Works Trident will continue to offer Virtual Employment Skills workshops in 2021.? All workshops are free and open to all job seekers.? Participants must register in advance for each workshop available beginning this month by accessing the workshop link below:

Workshop participants will need access to a computer and a phone. If you are contemplating a career change, or need additional training, then SC Works Trident is right for you.

For free public access to computers and tools to guide in the employment search process, job seekers can visit any Charleston County Public Library open for in-person services or access the job-seeking tools page on our website, Let Us Help: Resources for Employment, Small Business, Finances, and More.? Additionally, our library staff can provide information on how to access materials and instructions for conducting a job search at the SC WORKS website, filing for unemployment at the SC DEW Website, and information on where to locate SC Works Centers if they need more in-depth assistance with their job search.

With a little bit of practice and self-patience, you will be ready to take on the next steps in your future career.? If you would like more information about how to apply for jobs online, assistance in finding resources, tips on how to get the job-hunting process started, or more, please reach out to us at CCPL by?email, chat, or text.?Remember, you are not alone.

DHEC Encourages South Carolina Hospitals to Begin Vaccinating Admitted Patients Age 65 and Older

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COLUMBIA, S.C.—The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) announced today that South Carolina Hospitals should begin to vaccinate their admitted patients, who are aged 65 years and older, as long as they do not currently have COVID-19 and a provider feels it is indicated for them. 

“It is within our state’s best interest to allow hospitals to begin vaccinating their admitted patients who are aged 65 years and older,” said Dr. Brannon Traxler, DHEC Interim Public Health Director. “By moving up these patients who are currently admitted in our hospitals we are ensuring that the most vulnerable among us are being vaccinated as quickly as possible.”

Adding admitted patients age 65 years and older to the Phase 1a eligible individuals currently able to receive the vaccine, is part of DHEC efforts to speed up the number of South Carolinians getting vaccinated against the COVID-19 vaccine. 

“DHEC, Governor McMaster, SCHA and hospitals agree this will be another great step toward vaccinating our most vulnerable residents. Vaccination to these individuals can occur immediately, depending on availability of vaccine and staffing,” Traxler said. 

Earlier this week, the agency urged Phase 1a healthcare workers to quickly schedule appointments with their local hospitals to be vaccinated as soon as possible and no later than Jan. 15, 2021. 

Since first receiving the COVID-19 vaccine on Dec. 14, 2020, South Carolina has received a federal allocation of 146,500 Pfizer vaccines, which includes 34,125 that were received just this week. To date 62,632 South Carolinians in Phase 1a have received their first dose of the vaccine and 7,698 have received their second dose. In addition, 83,844 Phase 1a individuals have made appointments as of this morning to be vaccinated.

DHEC remains dedicated to working with our partners to ensure that everyone who wishes to be immunized against COVID-19 in South Carolina will be vaccinated, but it is going to take time. As part of this effort, the agency will continue to work with SCHA and our hospitals to assess the current vaccine supply levels and demand for the vaccine and will evaluate when we are able to move forward to Phase 1b.

Those who are currently not included in Phase 1a should not reach out to hospitals to schedule appointments at this time. Instead, please continue to listen for updates from local health officials to determine when it is your turn to receive the vaccine.  

The updated Phase 1a guidance is available on DHEC’s website at

SEWE cancels 2021 event, says moving forward ‘irresponsible’

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Despite efforts to move forward with the 2021 Southeastern Wildlife Exposition and a financial loss for all involved, Executive Director John Powell said it would be irresponsible to move forward with the February event given the health risks.

As a result, the 2021 event, which has an economic impact of around $35 million, is officially canceled.

With COVID-19 cases still surging in the state, the SEWE staff and board of directors met earlier this week to make the final call. The conclusion has weighed heavily on Powell, knowing exhibitors, artists and vendors rely on the event to bring in significant first-quarter revenue, but the ultimate decision came down to health concerns for patrons and the integrity of the 40-year event, Powell said.Advertisement

This is the first time it has ever been canceled.

“All those things were weighed as we tried to base our decision whether or not to go forward,” Powell said. “It’s one of the worst parts of not being able to move forward, that some of the bleeding continues for our extended SEWE family.”

The event was previously scheduled for Feb. 11-14, and as of Dec. 3, SEWE still hoped to move forward with the event, albeit with pandemic precautions in place. The typically 40,000-person attended event would limit capacity, nix complimentary transportation and reduce host sites from five to two, among other measures.  

As the days rolled on, however, Powell called the resulting health risks a “numbers game.”

“It got to the point where moving forward would have been irresponsible,” he said. “This is our job. It’s extremely important to the city of Charleston. We need to get people here, but to gather en masse in February didn’t seem like the appropriate thing to do.”

In spite of the financial hit, Powell credits SEWE’s board of directors’ years of work in getting the nonprofit to a place where even without an event it can sustain until 2022. There are still concerns about how to make up the lack of city accommodations tax funds that the organization typically relies on, but corporate partners are steadfast in their support and see the organization’s small staff as an important part of continued operations, Powell said.

 “We were desperately hoping to try, at least in a small way, to bring Charleston back to life again,” Powell said. “But everyone understands.”

Last year, SEWE made it just under the wire before Charleston shut down in response to the pandemic.

While 2021 is out, with so much infrastructure, contracts and moving parts that take months to coordinate, Powell said a 2022 event is already in the works. He still hopes that SEWE can jump in full force and showcase some of the ideas that had to be tabled for 2021.

In the meantime, all patrons who purchased tickets this year will have the option for a refund or to make a tax-deductible donation to SEWE for the value of their ticket.

Photo Credit: SEWE

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