DHEC launches SIMON for enhancing South Carolina’s vaccination capabilities

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On Sept. 13, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) is launching a new immunization information system that will help the agency and immunization providers ensure access and availability of essential immunizations to help keep South Carolinians healthy.The Statewide Immunization Online Network (SIMON) replaces the state’s previous immunization reporting system and will provide a streamlined, easy-to-use process for immunization providers to order vaccines and manage vaccine inventory for those participating in federal and state vaccine programs, among other important benefits. The new system will allow DHEC the ability to assess and address immunization coverage rates across the state.“South Carolina’s transition to SIMON is a monumental upgrade for our state’s immunizations program and the timing of this transition couldn’t be better,” said Dr. Brannon Traxler, interim DHEC Public Health Director. “With COVID-19’s continued prevalence across our state, one of the few things we can do to protect ourselves from this deadly virus is stay as healthy as possible and avoid contracting vaccine-preventable diseases like mumps, measles, chicken pox and whooping cough. SIMON provides immunization providers access to an individual’s comprehensive immunization record.”Like the rest of the country, since the start …

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