Visitation restrictions reinstated August 24
Due to the surge of COVID-19 cases in our community, Conway Medical Center will be reinstating patient and visitor screening, limitations on entrances, and restrictions on visitation. Click the link for Visitation Policies above to learn more about these policy changes.
Conway Medical Center was the first hospital in South Carolina to begin administering the COVID-19 vaccine. We will continue to lead the way in vaccinating and safeguarding our community.
Booster Shots for COVID-19
Booster shots are now available at our vaccine clinic in Socastee.
Who is eligible for the booster shot?
The CDC recommends that people with moderately to severely compromised immune systems receive a third dose of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines at least 28 days after a second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines.
This includes people who have:
- Been receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood
- Received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
- Received a stem cell transplant within the last 2 years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
- Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
- Advanced or untreated HIV infection
- Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress your immune response
People should talk to their healthcare provider about their medical condition, and whether getting an additional dose is appropriate for them.
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Risks vs. Benefits
Understanding the risks and benefits of the COVID-19 vaccine can help you decide what is best for you and your family. Conway Medical Center recommends that all of our community members receive the vaccine when it becomes available to you.
- The vaccination may cause mild side effects including pain, redness or swelling where the shot was given, fever, fatigue, headache, muscle pain, chills or joint pain.
- The vaccine may not be recommended if you have certain health conditions so talk to your doctor if you have concerns.
- Significant reactions to the vaccine happen but are rare. You will be monitored on-site after you receive the vaccine for any allergic reactions.
- Getting the vaccine may help keep you from getting seriously ill and help you fight of the COVID-19 virus if you get it.
- The vaccine creates an immune system response known as antibodies, which safely helps you build up protection against the virus.
- The vaccine along with masking and social distancing are the strongest tools available to you to protect yourself and those most important to you.