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How To Sign Up for a COVID-19 Vaccine in Group 1A

Nurse drawing COVID vaccine from vial into syringe

Jan. 7 2021

Lexington Medical Center is urging all eligible individuals in Group 1A to register for a COVID-19 vaccination at this time. Governor Henry McMaster has announced that Group 1A must register for vaccination by Friday, January 15, 2021 or lose prioritization in the vaccination process.

According to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), only individuals in group 1A can be vaccinated for now. A full list of Group 1A can be found at this link:

Employers with people in Group 1A or individual practitioners in Group 1A should do the following:

  • Call Lexington Medical Center at (803) 739 – 3363 Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to confirm eligibility and receive instructions. Call center staff will email you a Vaccine Administration Management System (VAMS) template to fill out with names and email addresses of employees.
  • Complete the VAMS template and email it back to
  • The CDC will email employers and employees a link to the VAMS registration form. If recipients do not see the email, they should check their spam or junk folder. Also, do not use Internet Explorer to access the form; instead, use Chrome, Safari or another web browser.
  • Create a VAMS login/password. Fill out the questionnaire and select a hospital vaccination site in your area. Your vaccination appointment will be confirmed by the CDC via email or text.
  • Twelve hours before your vaccination appointment, you will receive a second questionnaire from the CDC to complete before your appointment. Log in and complete the questionnaire.

Upon arriving for a vaccine appointment, individuals will need to present credentials verifying they qualify in Group 1A. That may include a work badge, card, license, or personalized letter from an employer.

Lexington Medical Center has also set up a call center for questions. Individuals who think they are eligible to be vaccinated in Group 1A and need information can call (803) 739 – 3363 Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

South Carolina receives vaccines weekly. Appointments are subject to cancellation based on vaccines received from the federal government.

Details about vaccinations for Group 1B will be available at a later time.

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