Sumter charter school hosting 2nd vaccine event on Saturday


A vaccination event will be held at Liberty STEAM Charter School on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 15 School St. in Sumter.

Both the Pfizer, which is fully approved by the FDA, and Moderna vaccines will be available, and people can either receive a first or second dose, according to Trevor Ivey, Liberty's chief of staff. Everyone who receives a vaccination shot will get a free breakfast or lunch, depending on the time they arrive, he added.

All vaccines available in the U.S. are authorized for people 18 years old and older. The Pfizer vaccine is authorized for people aged 12-15. The Pfizer vaccine, marketed under the name COMIRNATY, is fully approved by the FDA for people 16 years old and older.

Only 40.3% of eligible residents in Sumter County are fully vaccinated as of Tuesday, according to data from the state public health department. That percentage ranks among the lowest five counties in the state for vaccination rates.