COVID-19 Updates

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If you have questions about the vaccine, you should reach out to your child’s health care provider or visit Stay SC Strong Vaccine Resources to get the facts you need to make a decision. 

Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is now FDA authorized for ages 5 and up.

Ages 5-11 Eligible for Vaccine
Smaller Doses
Children ages 5-11 should receive vaccine doses that are one third the size of doses meant for people age 12+. They should receive two doses spaced at least 21 days apart.
It’s Free to Everyone 
Getting a vaccine dose takes less than 30 minutes, and you’ll never receive a bill. No health insurance or ID is needed. 

Free at-home COVID test kit

Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order and receive four (4) free at-⁠home COVID-⁠19 tests.  Orders usually ship within 7-12 days.

The tests available for order:
• Are rapid antigen at-home tests, not PCR
• Can be taken anywhere
• Give results within 30 minutes (no lab drop-off required)
• Work whether or not you have COVID-⁠19 symptoms
• Work whether or not you are up to date on your COVID-⁠19 vaccines
• Are also referred to self-tests or over-the-counter (OTC) tests

Formula Shortage Information

There is a nation-wide baby formula shortage due to a major recall and supply chain disruptions. If you are facing issues due to the shortage, here are some resources that can help.

Family Connection of SC COVID-19 Response

We are closely monitoring the latest information and protocols regarding COVID-19 and how it may affect the families and partners we work with. We are temporarily postponing in-person trainings, outreach events and home visits. We are taking these precautions in order to protect the health and well-being of the families and communities we serve. 

Our Family Information Center will remain open to provide support, information, and referrals for families with children that have a disability or special healthcare need. We will also continue to take referrals for our support services via our website. Family Information Center staff will be available to assist families and partners by calling 1-800-578-8750 or — 1-888-808-7462, for Spanish-speaking families — between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday. We will continue working diligently to ensure children with disabilities and their families receive the information they need to protect themselves during this time.

Learn more about COVID in children

Let’s Talk: COVID, Childcare Centers, and Pediatric Testing

Debbie Greenhouse, MD, FAAP
Cynthia S. Lara

Have questions about the Covid-19, pediatric testing, and DHEC guidelines for childcare center? Dr. Debbie Greenhouse with Palmetto Pediatrics and Cynthia S. Lara, Director, Child Care Licensing for DSS will provide their expertise and answer your questions.

This workshop is in partnership with DSS and Palmetto Pediatrics

Vaccine Update and Q&A

Dr. Jane Kelly

Have questions about the Covid-19 vaccine, the Delta variant and your youth? Dr. Jane Kelly, the Assistant State Epidemiologist with the Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) will provide updates on the vaccine and answer your questions.

Well Child Visits, Flu Shots, and More

Britney Grooms
Debbie Greenhouse, MD, FAAP

Dr. Debbie Greenhouse and the Parents as Teachers team discuss the importance of making sure your child is up-to-date with the current vaccines and well child visits. Bring your questions and concerns about the current COVID-19 vaccines for children and ask the expert! Our goal is to help families learn more about the recommended scheduled for well child visits.

Disability Information and Access Line


Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Help with COVID-19 vaccinations for people with disabilities