COVID-19 Vaccine

Registration


Request the vaccine from Lexington Medical Center, then register through the CDC’s (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) online portal. You’ll need a valid email address.

  1. Fill out the Vaccine Registration request form. We will send your information to the CDC online portal.
  2. You will receive an email from the CDC containing a link to the Vaccine Administration Management System (VAMS). The link is unique to each individual and cannot be shared. The email will look like the email below. The link will direct you to a registration portal to complete a medical questionnaire and schedule your appointment for the vaccine.

    Email from field will read CDC no-reply@mail.vams.cdc.gov. Subject will be Please register in VAMS to schedule an appointment. Email starts with the logo for VAMS Vaccine Administration Management System and reads Hi Your Name, Your organization or employer designated you in a priority group for immunization. Please schedule an appointment with a participating clinic through the following link. Thanks, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)


  3. Create a VAMS account and complete the online questionnaire. (Do not use Internet Explorer. Use Google Chrome, Safari, or other web browser.)
  4. Schedule your vaccine appointment through the VAMS online portal.

Please note the following:

  • Each individual requesting a vaccine will need a unique email address. Email addresses cannot be used to register multiple users.
  • Be patient. We are working hard to accommodate a large volume of requests at this time. There may be a delay before you receive an email from the CDC to register and schedule your appointment using their VAMS portal.
  • Please do not submit multiple vaccine request forms or leave multiple messages on the phone line.
  • Do not call our physician practices or Urgent Care locations about vaccines.
  • Appointments will be based on the limited supply of vaccine available.

No Walk-Ins

You must complete registration and schedule an appointment using the VAMS portal to be vaccinated.

Questions About Getting the Vaccine?

Consult your health care provider about any medical concerns before scheduling an appointment. Our staff will not be able to give medical advice at the time of vaccination.

Help Using the VAMS Portal

If you have any trouble enrolling or registering for an appointment, contact the CDC Help Desk for assistance at (833) 957-1100 from 8am to 8pm or email VAMSHelp@cdc.gov.

Appointments

Vaccines are administered at our main hospital campus in West Columbia. Due to vaccine storage requirements, physician practices are not able to offer vaccines at this time.

Location

Lexington Medical Park 1
2728 Sunset Blvd.
West Columbia, SC 29169

Parking

Available in the surface lot in front of the building and in the adjacent parking garage.

Instructions

Bring Identification

Only those eligible will be allowed to receive the vaccine.
If you are 65 years of age or older, you must bring your driver's license or other official form of identification to your appointment. If you are a health care worker, you must bring credentials proving your Phase 1A status.

No Visitors

Guests and children are not permitted to attend vaccine appointments. The only exception is for caregivers of patients who need physical assistance during the process.

Subject to Cancellation

Appointments may be canceled based on the number of vaccines received from the federal government.

Frequently Asked Questions about the COVID-19 Vaccine

Getting Vaccinated

COVID-19 can have serious, life-threatening complications. There’s no way to know how it will affect you. And, if you get sick, you can spread the disease to family, friends and others around you.

The COVID-19 vaccine works with your immune system so that you’re ready to fight the virus if exposed. The vaccine is an important tool in helping to stop this global pandemic.

No, if you have severe/anaphylactic allergic reactions to the components of the vaccine or to other injectables, you should not get the vaccine.

But most experts agree that allergies to peanuts, eggs, shellfish, etc. are not a contraindiction.

Yes. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, vaccines should not be withheld from pregnant women who meet criteria for vaccination based on recommended priority groups. But they should talk with their doctor first.

It’s important to note that no pregnant women were in the clinical trials at the time of the first dose. Experts also say that pregnant women may have an increased risk of severe illness if they have COVID-19, and they are also at risk for an adverse pregnancy outcome, such as preterm birth.

No, unless they’re at least 16 years old. A national vaccine committee has recommended authorization of the first COVID-19 vaccine for people ages 16 and older. Sixteen and 17 year olds were included in the clinical trials for the vaccine.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends further research on the vaccine for younger children.

Any vaccine or medication can cause side effects. These are typically minor, such as a sore arm or low-grade fever, and go away within a few days.

As with all vaccines, COVID-19 vaccines were not approved until clinical trials took place that showed they were both safe and effective. Safety is the top priority of any vaccine. Early results from the first COVID-19 vaccines tested in people show they worked as intended with no serious side effects.

Keep in mind that these side effects indicate that your immune system is responding to the vaccine. These side effects are common with vaccinations.

Clinical trials showed that the vaccine was approximately 50% effective after one dose and 95% effective after two doses.

Yes! While experts learn more about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide under real-life conditions, it will be important for everyone to continue using all the tools available to us to help stop this pandemic, such as covering your mouth and nose with a mask, washing your hands often, and staying at least 6 feet away from others.

Experts need to understand more about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide before deciding to change recommendations on steps everyone should take to slow the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19. Other factors, including how many people get vaccinated and how the virus is spreading in communities, will also affect this decision.

Also, while the vaccine may prevent you from getting sick, it is unknown whether you can still carry and transmit the virus

If you’re not in quarantine or exhibiting symptoms, you can get the vaccine. But you should speak with your primary health care provider about it first.

As long as you have completed your quarantine and are no longer exhibiting symptoms, you can have the second dose of the vaccine. But you should speak with your primary health care provider about it first.

It’s too early to know if COVID-19 vaccines will provide long-term protection. Additional research is needed to answer this question; however, it’s encouraging that available data suggests most people who recover from COVID-19 develop an immune response that provides at least some protection against reinfection – although we’re still learning about the strength of this protection and how long it lasts

The COVID-19 Vaccine

Lexington Medical Center is currently administering the Pfizer vaccine. Here’s what’s in it:

  • A nucleotide-modified messenger RNA encoding the viral spike glycoprotein of SARS-CoV-2 — This is what makes the vaccine work. It instructs cells in the body on how to make a protein that triggers an immune response.
  • Lipids (fatty substances)
  • Potassium chloride (potassium and chlorine)
  • Monobasic potassium phosphate
  • Sodium chloride (Salt)
  • Dibasic sodium phosphate dihydrate
  • Sucrose (Sugar)

You cannot become infected with COVID-19 from COVID-19 vaccines. These are inactivated vaccines, not live-virus vaccines.

Pharmaceutical companies have invested significant resources into developing a COVID-19 vaccine quickly because of the global effects of the pandemic. An emergency situation warranted an emergency response. That does not mean the companies bypassed safety protocols or performed inadequate testing.

The Pfizer vaccine has been studied in approximately 43,000 people—and is shown to be 95% effective in preventing the virus after a two-dose regimen. Studies followed participants in the clinical trials for the vaccine for two months after they received it.

In addition to the safety review by the Food and Drug Administration, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices convened a panel of vaccine safety experts to independently evaluate the safety data from the clinical trial.

Yes, vaccine development typically takes many years; however, scientists had already begun research for coronavirus vaccines during previous outbreaks caused by related coronaviruses such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). That earlier research provided a head start for rapid development of vaccines to protect against infection with the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

No. While the COVID-19 survival rate may be high, it’s important to note that a 1% mortality rate is 10 times more lethal than the seasonal flu. In addition, the mortality rate can vary widely based on age, gender and underlying health conditions.

In contrast, clinical trials of COVID-19 vaccines have shown only short-term mild or moderate vaccine reactions that resolve without complication or injury.

While some people who receive the vaccine may develop symptoms as their immune system responds, that’s common when receiving any vaccine, and these symptoms are not considered serious or life-threatening. And you cannot become infected with COVID-19 from COVID-19 vaccines. These are inactivated vaccines, not live-virus vaccines.

Moreover, it's important to recognize that getting vaccinated for COVID-19 is not just about survival from COVID-19. It's about preventing spread of the virus to others and preventing infection that can lead to long-term negative health effects.

While no vaccine is 100% effective, getting vaccinated is far better than not getting vaccinated. The benefits outweigh the risks in healthy people.

No. The COVID-19 vaccine has messenger RNA, or mRNA. Messenger RNA vaccines work by instructing cells in the body on how to make a protein that triggers an immune response. Injecting messenger RNA into your body will not interact or do anything to the DNA of your cells. Human cells break down and get rid of the messenger RNA soon after they have finished using the instructions.

The impact of COVID-19 vaccines on the pandemic will depend on several factors such as effectiveness, manufacturing, delivery and how many people get vaccinated. It is generally accepted that for the vaccine to offer protection from a public health perspective, at least 70% of the population needs to be vaccinated (extrapolated from the measles and other vaccines).

You can find more answers at SCDHEC’s COVID-19 Vaccine & Vaccination FAQs.

Supporting Guidelines

This initiative and the procedures for vaccine administration follow SCDHEC’s COVID-19 Vaccine Plan (pdf).