PIERRE, SD (KELO) – The South Dakota Department of Health today announced that the number of eligible adults in the state fully vaccinated has reached the threshold of 50% or more at 304,435 South Dakotas.
The CDC’s authorization for emergency use of the Pfizer vaccine for 12 to 15 year olds could arrive as early as today, as approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration on Monday evening.
“I want to take this opportunity to thank all of the South Dakotas who have chosen to be vaccinated against COVID-19 – protecting themselves, their families and their communities,” said Kim Malsam-Rysdon, Secretary of Health in a press release. “Vaccines are safe and are the fastest way out of this pandemic. ”
The state began Phase II of the state’s immunization program on April 5, 2021, making COVID-19 vaccines available to all state residents aged 16 and over, in addition to those of phase I who have not yet been vaccinated.
“Protecting yourself against COVID-19 is now easier than ever. You can access vaccines through your healthcare provider, federal retail pharmacies, or by texting to find the vaccination site closest to you. It’s fast, it’s easy and it’s free, ”Malsam-Rysdon said.
Residents can connect directly with a health partner serving their area by by clicking here or by texting GETVAX at 438-829 (English) and / or VACUNA at 822-862 (Spanish), to find the nearest vaccination location.
Additionally, any resident of South Dakota can request a free at-home COVID-19 test, by by clicking here. For the most recent COVID-19 data, updated daily, please visit the Department of Health dashboard.