SC Manufacturers Alliance Hosts COVID-19 Vaccination Drives
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 25, 2021
Contact: James Richter
(North Charleston, South Carolina) – The South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance (SCMA), in partnership with the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC Health), held its 5th vaccination drive in South Carolina for associates employed in the manufacturing sector.
“South Carolina’s manufacturing community is committed to ensuring our employees are healthy and safe as we continue to fight the spread of COVID-19,” said Sara Hazzard, President and CEO of the South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance. “Now that vaccines are more widely available, it is critical we take the proper steps towards ending this pandemic through coordinated vaccination efforts made available to our workforce.”
“MUSC Health is honored to partner with the SCMA on these statewide mass vaccination events for the manufacturing industry; they really understand the value of working together so that ultimately, we can move beyond this pandemic,” said Patrick J. Cawley, M.D., MBA, MUSC Health System CEO and VP of Health Affairs, University. “In fact, we’ve been working with them since the beginning of the new year to plan for the moment that manufacturing employees would become eligible for vaccines. We applaud their forethought in working with us to get their members vaccinated as quickly as possible.”
Since January 2021, the SCMA has been working with MUSC Health to plan and organize vaccination drives throughout South Carolina for manufacturing companies and their employees. Today’s drive-through vaccination drive was held on the Boeing South Carolina campus in North Charleston where 16 companies participated, and 2,000 vaccination appointments were scheduled for associates. Additional vaccination drives have been held in the Spartanburg, Chester, Lancaster, and Sumter communities where 24 companies participated, and more than 2,500 vaccines were administered.
“Cummins is incredibly proud to have our team members participate in this vaccination drive,” said Marvin Solow-Coker, the Plant Manager for Cummins’ Charleston Turbo Plant. “Despite the challenges COVID-19 created, our workforce has really stepped up over the last year to continue producing products while following new safety protocols to prevent the spread of the virus. Cummins is thankful to SCMA and MUSC Health for making extraordinary efforts to provide the vaccine to manufacturers.”
“The well-being of our workforce is the number one priority every day,” said Laura Steiner, President, Standex Scientific. “The opportunity for our associates and neighboring manufacturers to receive the vaccine is the most important step in getting through this pandemic and protecting our community.”
“Working together to ensure as many South Carolinians receive the vaccine as possible is the right step in protecting our communities and families,” said Lane Ballard, Vice President and General Manager of the 787 program and Boeing South Carolina site leader. “We are incredibly grateful to SCMA, MUSC Health, and the local manufacturing community for coming together and working to ensure our teammates receive the vaccine and remain healthy.”
South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance
The South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance is the only statewide organization dedicated exclusively to the interests of manufacturers. Its mission is to strengthen and advance South Carolina manufacturing by advocating for our members, fostering a world-class workforce, and bringing together manufacturers to connect, share, and solve industry challenges. The SCMA membership is comprised of more than 200 manufacturing companies that represent more than 80,000 associates in South Carolina.