Monument Health re-opens Rushmore Mall vaccination site

RAPID CITY, S.D. — With South Dakota’s COVID vaccination rate lagging behind the national average and the recent decision to allow booster shots for some Americans, Monument Health has re-opened its mass vaccination site at Rushmore Mall in Rapid City.

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The new clinic is located near the Traders Market (the old Sears store) and is open Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

Monument Health is set-up to administer both initial vaccination doses and booster doses of the Pfizer-Biontech vaccine to anyone eligible to receive them.

“Due to the fact that so many people are now eligible to receive an extra dose of vaccine, we felt it was necessary to open up this new location again,” said Scott Peterson, Monument Health’s senior director of ambulatory and pharmacy operations. “People, I think, feel a lot more relaxed by going to the mall and going into this area.

“I happened to be out there today and it was just a very relaxed environment and a lot of people were in and out. And it’s just much easier to take in a large group of people and do that in that location when we have a lot more space.”

Monument Health is following the latest recommendation from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding booster doses.

In that recommendation, the CDC notes the following group should receive a booster dose of Pfizer Vaccine:

  • people aged 65 years and older
  • residents aged 18 years and older in long-term care settings
  • people aged 50–64 years with underlying medical conditions

CDC also recommends that the following groups may receive a booster dose of Pfizer Vaccine:

  • people aged 18–49 years with underlying medical conditions
  • people aged 18–64 years at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting

As of September 27, the CDC has only approved the Pfizer vaccine for the groups above.

For people who are immunocompromised, an earlier recommendation authorized booster doses of all three vaccines approved in the U.S.: Pfizer-Biontech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson.

Appointments to get either initial doses or a booster does are encouraged, but not required.

You can make one by calling the Nurse Triage Line at (605) 755-1350, by visiting Monument Health’s website, or using their “My Chart” app.

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