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DHEC to offer free Covid-19 vaccinations during SC High School Football Championships

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Football fans coming to watch their favorite high school football team play in the South Carolina High School League championships this weekend at Benedict College will also have the opportunity to receive a Covid-19 vaccine shot.

Benedict College and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) will be offering free Covid-19 vaccinations at Charlie W. Johnson Stadium on Dec. 2, 3 and 4, in conjunction with the state high school football championships.

“We are expecting tens of thousands of fans from across the state over these three days. This will be a great opportunity to offer vaccinations to the fans coming to the game,” said Benedict College Director of Athletics Willie Washington.

Benedict is partnering with DHEC to provide Covid-19 vaccination shots. First, second and booster shots will be available.

Vaccinations will be available from 6 – 8:30 p.m. on Thursday; 1 – 8:30 p.m. on Friday and 11 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. on Saturday.

COVID-19 vaccines are effective at helping protect against severe disease and death, including from variants of the virus that causes COVID-19 currently circulating (e.g., Delta variant).

On November 19, 2021 the CDC recommended a COVID-19 booster for those 18 and older who received the two-dose Pfizer or Moderna, and for individuals who took the single-dose Janssen during their initial vaccine series.

On November 2, 2021, the CDC recommended the Pfizer vaccine for children ages 5-11. Anyone 5 and older is eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine.

The vaccine is free, and you don’t need an ID or health insurance to get it.

Parental consent is required for those age 5-15.

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