Carolinas don’t have vaccine residency requirements, can get vaccinated from either state

Residency requirements to get vaccine

LANCASTER, S.C. (WBTV) -Someone could be wondering where you will be able to get the COVID-19 vaccine once it is your turn.

Vaccinations are still in the early stages. We understand it may be different depending on where you live.

Right now, North Carolina is in Phase 1B. Along with frontline workers and long-term care facilities, adults getting the vaccine are 75 and older and considered high risk for severe illness.

Meanwhile, South Carolina is currently in Phase 1A. Those include healthcare workers, long-term care facilities and staff and people ages 70 and older with or without underlying health conditions.

People may be wondering if they can get vaccine in the state they live in, even if you travel across the state line every single day.

It is a question Linda Wooten had. Like many in the area, Wooten straddles the state line.

”I live one block away from the North Carolina border so all my doctors are in North Carolina and I do all my shopping in North Carolina,” says Wooten.

So, when it comes to getting the COVID-19 vaccine, she is hedging her bets with both states.

”I will get my vaccine wherever I can get it at the earliest time,” she says.

Wooten’s category has not been called yet, but for those who have, she sees no problem getting a shot in a different state.

”I’ve been looking at North Carolina and South Carolina and seems the timeline is about the same,” she says.

It seems the state health agencies do not mind the jump from state to state either and the similarities do not just stop at a timeline.

In North Carolina, no one has to live in the state to get a vaccine. While some providers might ask for a license, it is not a state requirement. So anyone who qualifies for Phase 1A or 1B can get the required vaccine appointment.

Now as for South Carolina, no one has to live in this state either and anyone wanting a vaccine still needs an appointment. However, providers will ask for a license to verify your age.

So for people like Wooten, it does not matter where you get it, but she is ready and waiting for the call.

”I don’t want to get sick, I don’t want to get to the hospital and I want everything to get back to normal,” says Wooten. “So if I can do my part, that’s great.”

Both North and South Carolina health agencies are reminding people of limited vaccines availability regardless of which state you go to. Getting a vaccine in either state could be a slower process because of that.

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