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Pfizer Booster Shots Authorized to Increase Protection Against COVID-19
Pierre, S.D. – Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released its recommendations, authorizing the use of Pfizer-BioNTech® third booster doses for certain populations, to include high-risk workers and residents in institutional settings.


Department of Health Releases Form for COVID-19 Vaccination Event(s) Assistance
Pierre, S.D. – Today, the South Dakota Department of Health (SD-DOH) released an online assistance form for K-12 schools, colleges & universities, congregate living centers, businesses and community/faith based organizations to request help in hosting a COVID-19 vaccination event, in partnership with a local vaccine provider.


Department of Health & Board of Nursing Warn of Scam Targeting South Dakota Nurses
PIERRE, S.D. – Today, the South Dakota Health Department (SD-DOH) and the South Dakota Board of Nursing (SD-BON) released this statement after ongoing reports of scams targeting licensed nurses. The scam is being carried out via threatening phone calls/email.


Medical Cannabis Program Rules Pass Interim Rules Review Committee
PIERRE, S.D. – Today, the Legislature’s Interim Rules Review Committee approved the Department of Health’s proposed administrative rules to establish a medical cannabis program in South Dakota. The legislature approved 143 of 149 proposed rules.


First Human West Nile Virus Death of 2021 Reported
PIERRE, S.D. – A 42-year-old female, Union County resident is South Dakota’s first human West Nile Virus (WNV) death of the 2021 season, the state Health Department confirmed today.


Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 Vaccines for Immunocompromised Individuals Now Available
PIERRE, S.D. – Today, the South Dakota Department of Health announced that a third shot of both Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines are available for immunocompromised individuals following approval by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) emergency use authorization amendment.


Free antigen test kits available during Sturgis Rally
To help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, Monument Health is partnering with the South Dakota Department of Health (SD-DOH) to provide free antigen COVID-19 test kits to visitors during the rally.


South Dakota Supports Breastfeeding
In acknowledgment of the importance of breastfeeding to the health of South Dakota, Gov. Kristi Noem has proclaimed August 2021 as Breastfeeding Month.


South Dakota Department of Health Notice of Public Hearing to Adopt Rules
Today, the South Dakota Department of Health announced that a public hearing will be held on August 18, 2021, in Conference Room 3 of the Kneip Building, 700 Governor’s Drive in Pierre, SD to consider the adoption and amendment of proposed rules for South Dakota medical cannabis program as required by SDCL 34-20G.


First Human West Nile Virus Detection of 2021 Reported in Walworth County
PIERRE, S.D. – Today, the South Dakota Department of Health confirmed that a Walworth County resident, a male in his 60’s, is South Dakota’s first human West Nile virus (WNV) case of the 2021 season.