N. Lacrosse Walmart in Rapid City to begin COVID vaccinations Thursday

RAPID CITY, S.D. — Walmart announced on Monday that their store on North Lacrosse Street in Rapid City will begin offering COVID-19 vaccines on Thursday, March 4.

The store is setting up a clinic at the front of the store to administer the Phizer-Biontech vaccine.

Vaccines will be available to those who meet the current phase of vaccine eligibility of adults 65+, health care workers, emergency medical service workers, first responders, law enforcement, correctional officers.

Insurance is not required, there is no cost to receive the vaccine, and appointments for the second vaccination will be made while at the first appointment. Walmart anticipates these events will take place over the next several weeks as allocation allows.

Eligible patients can schedule a vaccine appointment via Walmart website.

In addition, anyone 16 or older with one of several underlying conditions can also get vaccinated. Those conditions include moderate to severe asthma, cancer, cerebrovascular disease, chronic kidney disease, COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), cystic fibrosis, diabetes Type 1 and Type 2, Down Syndrome, heart conditions such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies, hypertension, a weakened immune system, liver disease, neurologic conditions such as dementia, pregnancy, pulmonary fibrosis, severe obesity, sickle cell disease, or thalassemia.

“I would like to thank Walmart for activating their first West River location to begin distributing COVID-19 vaccines. Private partners like Walmart and Phase I vaccinators are making a powerful impact in people’s lives and in the fight against COVID-19 in South Dakota,” South Dakota Secretary of HealthKim Malsam-Rysdon, said in a statement.

“I commend Walmart and contributing partners for coordinating this local COVID vaccination opportunity for area residents with state health, county and city officials. I encourage those individuals that are eligible at this time to receive the vaccination, to do so,” said Rapid City Mayor Steve Allender.

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