South Dakota reaches COVID-19 vaccination milestone

SD DoH calling on young adults to get vaccinated now that the state is in Phase II of vaccinations

PIERRE, S.D. — The South Dakota Department of Health announced Saturday that 50% of South Dakota residents have now received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

More than 208,485 South Dakotans have completed their vaccination series, meaning approximately 25% of the state has been fully vaccinated against the virus.

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South Dakota’s Health Secretary, Kim Malsam-Rysdon, receiving her COVID-19 vaccine in Pierre, S.D.

“This milestone would not have been possible without the help of our healthcare professionals and all responsible South Dakotans who’ve chosen to be vaccinated,” said Kim Malsam-Rysdon, Secretary of Health. “I encourage young adults, especially those ages 20-29, to get vaccinated as soon as possible—and to do it for themselves, their friends, and loved ones. Vaccinations is the quickest way out of this pandemic.”

South Dakota moved to their Phase II vaccination plan on April 5, opening vaccinations to everyone 16 years and older. All residents can connect directly with a health partner serving their area by clicking here.

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photo courtesy: Gov. Kristi Noem, via Facebook

According to recent data, there has been a seven percent jump in COVID-19 cases among those who are 20-29 years old in the past six weeks. From March 23 to April 5 alone, 479 cases were linked to this age group, totaling 19% of all identified cases.

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