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South Carolinians Aged 70 and Older Can Now Schedule COVID-19 Vaccine Appointments 

Governor Henry McMaster and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) announced that beginning Wednesday, Jan. 13, any South Carolina resident aged 70 or older, regardless of health status or preexisting conditions, can begin scheduling their appointment to receive COVID-19 vaccine.

Based on COVID-19 vaccine data — doses received, administered, and appointments scheduled — South Carolina officials are confident the majority of people in Phase 1a who want to be vaccinated have either received their shots or have scheduled appointments to do so. There are currently 146,500 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine in the state, with 82,266 total doses already administered (a 56 percent utilization rate) plus 94,926 appointments scheduled by Phase 1a individuals to receive their vaccine over the next several weeks.

Additional steps to expedite access to additional South Carolinians will be made based on the use of the vaccine, the number of appointments made, and information on vaccine supply.

More than 67 percent of COVID-19 deaths in South Carolina have been among those 70 and older.

It’s estimated there are roughly 627,800 South Carolinians aged 70 or older in South Carolina, with many already receiving their vaccine through other Phase 1a eligibility. READ MORE

SCCMA Launches Latinx Career and Education Survey

The South Carolina Commission for Minority Affairs Hispanic Latino Affairs Division has launched a Latinx Career and Education survey to help develop a network of educators, professionals, community organizations and students across the state. Through a new initiative called PLACE (Pathways for Latinxs to Advance Career and Education, Latinx students and young professionals will have the opportunity to learn about their shared experiences and available resources in their area. PLACE provides a platform where participants can network, interchange ideas, share resources as well as develop a sense of pride and belonging as a young Latinx in South Carolina. To complete a survey, CLICK HERE

SCCMA and the Columbia and Greenville Urban League Young Professionals to Host Civic Engagement & Advocacy Session

Join the South Carolina Commission for Minority Affairs, and the Columbia and Greenville Urban League Young Professionals for an informative session on Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 7 pm via Zoom on how civic engagement and advocacy. Attendees will learn how to become civically engaged beyond presidential elections. REGISTER HERE

Applications for Hemp Farming Permits Available Now through February 28, 2021

The South Carolina Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for hemp farming permits for the 2021 season. All farmers must apply online. For more information, visit the SCDA's Hemp Farming Program website. 

Submit Your Information to be Included in the Small & Minority Business Directory

The S.C. Commission for Minority Affairs is developing a statewide Minority Business Directory to provide information to users who are interested in doing business with minority-owned businesses. To be included in the directory, complete the Minority Business Directory Questionnaire (English) | (Spanish).

SC CARES Act Relief Grant Programs Awards Notification Process Complete (SC Department of Administration)

The South Carolina Department of Administration announced on Thursday, December 31, 2020, that 2,970 applicants for the SC Cares Act Relief Grant Programs have been notified that they will be receiving grant funds, totaling $65 million, through either the Minority and Small Business Relief Grant Program or the Nonprofit Relief Grant Program. READ MORE

SCCMA Community Civic Engagement Initiative

The South Carolina Commission for Minority Affairs (“CMA”) is encouraging communities to become more civically engaged through a new Civic Engagement and Education Academy. The Commission for Minority Affairs will offer a virtual course on civic advocacy beginning August 2020. Individuals, groups and organizations are encouraged to participate in the free program. READ MORE

2020 Community Survey

The S.C. Commission for Minority Affairs is conducting an online survey to better understand the impact of COVID-19 and the recent tornadoes on communities across the state. The survey will track how communities are receiving information related to the COVID-19 pandemic; the impact of COVID-19 on individuals (employment) and small businesses, and the ability to receive financial assistance; the impact of the recent tornadoes (April 13, 2020) in South Carolina; and more. To complete the survey in English, click To complete the survey in Spanish (Español), click

COVID-19 Statewide Working Group for Latinx & Immigrant Communities

The SC Commission for Minority Affairs, SC Appleseed Legal Justice Center, PASOs and Hispanic Alliance formed a statewide working group of individuals, organizations and businesses serving the Latinx and immigrant communities in SC. The purpose of the work group is to coordinate and share information and resources available to families responding to the COVID-19 crisis. The group created a Directory of Service Providers to facilitate the process of finding resources, sharing information and promoting networking. If you, or your organization, are assisting the Latinx/immigrant community, or if you want to start helping, please complete the form! To ensure an accurate database, please complete all information. For more information, contact Ivan Segura at or Louise Popock at  

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