Two deaths recorded in SD after COVID-19 vaccinations
Health officials: no definitive link yet between COVID vaccinations and deaths
PIERRE, S.D. — State Epidemiologist Dr. Joshua Clayton confirmed in a conference call on Wednesday that two individuals in South Dakota – one in Pennington County and the other in Hutchinson County – have died after receiving doses of the coronavirus vaccine.
Both had received the shot 24 hours prior to their deaths. One had received their initial dose previously and had not had COVID, while the other had coronavirus and recovered before receiving their first shot.
Health officials said that there was no evidence that the vaccine was the cause of death for either patient. The State is talking with medical practitioners and coroners in those cases. They are continuing to monitor for any other potential adverse reactions as vaccine rollout continues.
Dr. Clayton commented that the new U.K. variant, with its high transmission rate, will likely be the predominant strain in the U.S. in March.
“It’s important for South Dakotans to remain vigilant,” Clayton said.
The new strain has been identified in 30 countries worldwide and more than 20 states, including the neighboring states of Minnesota and Wyoming.