COVID-19 safety information | COVID-19 vaccine

COVID-19 Vaccine

Dear Tandem Health patients and the Sumter Community,

We know you likely have questions about the distribution and availability of COVID-19 vaccines and what it means for you. We will update the community on our plans as we continue providing vaccinations for Tandem Health patients and community members who are eligible to receive the vaccine.

Tandem Health is required to follow federal and state guidelines for distributing the vaccine.

Here are the next steps

1. Supporting a Phased Approach: As of right now, you MUST have an appointment through the CDC’s Vaccine Administration Management System (VAMS) to be vaccinated at one of our sites.

Phase 1a and individuals age 65+ are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.

Phase 1b individuals 55 +.  Others included: individuals with increased risk, frontline workers including, but are not limited to, school staff and daycare workers, manufacturing workers, grocery store workers, law enforcement officers, etc.

Phase 2 individuals age 16 and older - Note Tandem Health offers the Moderna Vaccine which is only approved for individuals age 18 and older.

For a complete list of those eligible in each phase, go to:

Tandem Health is working rapidly to provide the COVID-19 vaccine to all eligible individuals. If you are eligible, fill out the form as described below to request the vaccine.

2. Vaccine Scheduling: To begin your vaccine request process, click on the link below and complete the form.

**Note that EACH PERSON must have his or her own email address. You cannot register more than one person with the same email.

Start your Vaccine Request

If you need help call us at 803-774-7894. Please leave a message, and we will return your call as soon as possible. 

Once we have your email address, you will receive an email from the CDC with a link to the Vaccine Administration Management System (VAMS). This link is unique to you and cannot be shared with anyone else.

Click the link to the VAMS portal and create a username and password. Do not use Internet Explorer. Use Google Chrome, Safari or other web browser.

Follow the instructions, which include completing a medical questionnaire and scheduling an appointment. When you are scheduling your appointment, you will be able to search for vaccine locations in your surrounding area by putting in your zip code. Select Tandem Health and schedule an appointment.

Click Here for Step-by-Step Instructions

It is important to know that Tandem Health’s supply of vaccine is may be limited. It may take some time before eligible patients can be vaccinated. During this process, federal and state guidelines are being updated frequently to expand the groups who are eligible for vaccine, so it is important to check relevant state websites regularly. Click here for more information.  
3. Educating the Public on Vaccine Efficacy: For more information about the COVID-19 vaccines and how we know they are highly effective and safe, click here
At Tandem Health, we are committed to delivering the very best care for our patients and to advancing the health and well-being of our community. We remain optimistic in our fight against COVID-19 and are pleased that soon more people will be able to receive these safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines.
Thank you for your continued trust in us.
David Justice, MD
Chief Medical Officer