Vaccine updates from the SD Department of Health

RAPID CITY, S.D. — With the Johnson and Johnson vaccine put on pause, the South Dakota Department of Health reports no cases of blood clots.

The vaccine was put on hold while health experts investigate whether six reported blood clots and one death had anything to do with the single-dose vaccine.

Vaccinations are now open to those 16-years of age and older, with more vaccines available. Now with the UK variant coming on strong and expected to become the most common strain in the state the health department is encouraging everyone who’s eligible to get vaccinated, especially younger people. Thus far, there’s been at least one case of the UK variant in each age group, ranging from nine-years to over 80.

“A vaccination is the quickest way out of this pandemic,” said department of health secretary, Kim Malsam-Rysdon. ” Vaccines remain the main way to protect against hospitalizations and death in particular from coronavirus. I want to also make a pitch that the 20 to 29 year old population really take vaccination seriously. That is where we are seeing the largest number of total cases in recent weeks.”

She says between the remaining vaccines and those distributed federally there are enough to go around in South Dakota, and in many cases, vaccination can be scheduled next day. 

“For the patients 16 and 17, bring a parent along so they can sign consent, or a guardian,” said vaccinator Erin Baumfaulk. “But we really can get you started on the road to immunization, especially before graduation season is upon us here.”

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