SD to expand vaccine distribution to fire service personnel, critical infrastructure workers

PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Health is almost ready to start vaccinating its next priority group, 1E.

Starting Monday, fire service personnel and critical infrastructure workers will be eligible. Critical infrastructure workers include the following sectors:

  • water and wastewater
  • energy
  • finance
  • food service
  • food and agriculture
  • legal
  • manufacturing
  • shelter and housing
  • information technology and communications

So far, over 200,000 South Dakotans have received one or more doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, with just 45,000 in the last week alone.

Health Secretary Kim Malsam Rysdon says that number does not include the 63,000 people who have received their vaccines through federal entities.

Malsam-Rysdon says South Dakota will meet President Joe Biden’s timeline of having vaccines accessible to all adults by May 1.

“We feel our state is ahead of this timeline and we will continue to move forward and we’re confident that if the allocation holds up and increases as projected, we will be able to see all adults eligible before May 1st,” said Malsam-Rysdon.

This coming week, the state will receive an additional 21,000 vaccines — most of them Pfizer, then Moderna, and just 1,000 of the single-dose Johnson and Johnson vaccine.

For more information on where you can get a vaccine, visit here, or speak with your healthcare provider.

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