Breweries join statewide vaccination effort.

Columbia's River Rat Brewery is participating in a statewide campaign to boost vaccination rates among young adults.

"Shot and a Chaser" is a partnership between the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control and the S.C. Brewers Guild targeting the 20-24 age group, which DHEC data shows is the least-vaccinated in the state.

The single-shot Janssen vaccine is being offered at local breweries, with some offering the two-dose Moderna vaccines as well, according to a news release from DHEC. Anyone who receives an on-site shot from a medical professional will be offered a free beer, for ages 21 and up, or a soda.

"DHEC's partnership with the South Carolina Brewer's Guild is the latest example of innovation and outside-the-box thinking that it's going to take to beat this pandemic," Edward Simmer, DHEC director, said in the release. "Young adults are often busy travelers and incredibly social, so we want to make sure they get their shot to protect themselves and others while visiting restaurants, vacationing and attending various events. This promotion will go a long way in meeting that goal."

Individuals will be monitored for 15 minutes after receiving the vaccine and are encouraged to follow any mask precautions established by the brewery or surrounding municipality. No proof of medical insurance is necessary.

"Brewers across South Carolina are committed to healthy communities," Brook Bristow, executive director of the S.C. Brewers Guild, said. "Assmall, locally minded businesses, our citizens are our most valuable asset. If they aren't healthy, then we can't be either. We're excited to partner with DHEC to expand vaccine access across the state at many...

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