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State Officials Celebrate New COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic with VCOM-Carolinas in Spartanburg’s Northside Community

VCOM and DHEC ribbon cutting
By James Nichols -

The northside community in Spartanburg is home to a new COVID-19 vaccination clinic, the latest community-inspired idea in the state’s ongoing efforts to ensure all South Carolinians have fair and equal access to COVID-19 vaccines.

The Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) partnered with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) to co-locate a COVID-19 vaccination clinic across the street from the college. During the March 1 grand opening of the Northside Clinic, Governor Henry McMaster and Senator Josh Kimbrell joined DHEC Director Dr. Edward Simmer, VCOM President Dixie Tooke-Rawlins, DO, and local leaders to unveil and tour the new clinic.

Henry McMaster, Governor of South Carolina

I was proud to cut the ribbon at VCOM's Northside Medical Clinic in Spartanburg this morning. Leadership at this facility recognized that they had the ability to help our state's vaccination efforts and got to work. Because of their dedication and cooperation with DHEC, we now have another location in the Upstate for South Carolinians to get their vaccine.

Henry McMaster , Governor of South Carolina

As of March 1, the clinic is accepting appointments for the Moderna vaccine from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Clinic staff and students will also promote vaccine outreach and information within the community.

“We are honored and thrilled to have VCOM partner with South Carolina in expediting future distribution of COVID-19 vaccine, particularly in underserved areas of Spartanburg County,” said Senator Josh Kimbrell. “This is a great example of a public-private partnership that furthers public health.”

In addition to the new clinic, the state’s first “clinic on wheels” is being deployed in Blacksburg utilizing VCOM’s Mobile Medical Unit. DHEC had previously partnered with VCOM in the fall of 2020 to make school vaccinations easily accessible to Cherokee County students using VCOM’s Mobile Medical Unit.

Dixie Tooke-Rawlins, DO, FACOFP

VCOM is committed for the long term to the mission of reaching out to medically underserved populations. We are so excited right now for the clinic opening in this community and for the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Dixie Tooke-Rawlins, DO, FACOFP , VCOM President

Individuals who are currently eligible to receive their vaccine can make their appointment at the Northside Clinic by calling 1-866-365-8110 or visiting DHEC, as the enrolled provider for this clinic, receives approximately 250 doses of Moderna vaccine each week. Because the current demand for COVID-19 vaccine significantly outweighs supply in South Carolina and across the country, appointments are limited to the weekly doses available.

“The new Northside Clinic is a prime example of how valuable partnerships are as we all work together to end this pandemic,” said Dr. Simmer, DHEC Director. “Together with VCOM and other community partners, we’re focused on putting people first as we continue to roll out COVID-19 vaccines across the state. With our local leaders, partners and community members we can get beyond barriers to meet critical needs and save lives.”

Learn more about VCOM’s Mobile Medical Unit 

For the latest COVID-19 vaccine information in South Carolina, visit

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