COVID-19 vaccines are now available to anyone 16 years and older

RAPID CITY, S.D. — This is the first week that the COVID-19 vaccine has been made available to anyone 16-years of age and older.

But not all vaccines are available to those who are under 18.

South Dakota remains one of the top states in vaccination efforts with 46% of the population receiving at least one dose and 31% being fully vaccinated.

And at some locations like Monument Health patients are able to choose which brand of vaccine they would like.

Annie Gaughan, clinic charge nurse for Monument Health said “you can request say Johnson & Johnson or Pfizer or what have you. We don’t do same day walk in appointments like that but definitely through the website everybody can get scheduled with that.”

Certain locations are unable to store the Pfizer vaccine since it needs to be kept at such a cold temperature. Pfizer is the only vaccine currently available to those under the age of 18 which has lead to an increase in vaccinations at Monument Healths Rushmore Mall location.

“Our numbers are picking up because it is open to the general public, 16 and up. So it is busier than usual but I think everybody is just really wanting to be vaccinated and taking what they can get.” Said Annie Gaughan.

So far the state of South Dakota has administered over 50,ooo doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

To sign up to receive the COVID-19 vaccine you can go online to Monument Health’s website or through their Mychart app on your smartphone.


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