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Department of Health on Federal COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation & Phase I
PIERRE, S.D. – Today, Secretary of Health Kim Malsam-Rysdon, released the following statement highlighting expansion of statewide vaccine efforts starting next week and addressing federal COVID-19 vaccine allocation:


SD Health Department Announces Beginning Stages of Priority Group 1D for Next Week
Today, the South Dakota Department of Health is announcing that starting on Monday, January 18, 2021, the Department of Health and its health partners across the state will start vaccinating a prioritized population group, within Group 1D, of the state’s vaccination plan.


SD Health Department Launches New COVID-19 Vaccination Info-Tool(s)
Today, the South Dakota Department of Health is announcing the release of two helpful tools designed to better inform South Dakotans on the ongoing COVID-19 vaccine distribution and administration process. These tools are in addition to the already available dashboard, which is updated daily.


Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Arrives in South Dakota - State Amongst Leaders in Vaccination Efforts in Nation
Today, the South Dakota Department of Health announced that the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, the second to achieve FDA authorization, has been delivered statewide to all major healthcare networks and smaller regional partners.


FDA Approved COVID-19 Vaccine Arrives in South Dakota
PIERRE, S.D. – Today, the South Dakota Department of Health is announcing that all three major healthcare networks in our state: Avera, Monument and Sanford, have received their first batch of the FDA authorized, Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Additionally, Prairie Lakes in Watertown and Mobridge also received vaccine doses.


Free At-Home COVID-19 Testing Now Available To All South Dakota Residents
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Health, in partnership with Vault Health, Inc., is now offering convenient at-home COVID-19 testing kits, available to all South Dakota residents at no cost to them. The saliva-based test can be requested by visiting the Health Department website or by clicking HERE, and is geared towards people who have had close contact(s) with confirmed positive cases.


National Influenza Vaccination Week
The South Dakota Department of Health is recognizing National Influenza Vaccination Week by urging people 6 months and older to get their annual flu vaccine before the week’s end.


South Dakota Reports First Flu Death of Season
Today, South Dakota reported the first influenza death of the 2020-2021 season. The death was reported in Potter County, and the individual was in the 80 to 89-year age group. To protect patient confidentiality, additional information about the deceased is not being released.


Free COVID-19 Testing Available in Rapid City
The South Dakota Department of Health, in partnership with the South Dakota National Guard and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will provide drive-thru COVID-19 testing in Rapid City, November 20th thru 23rd. The event will be held at the Pennington County Fairgrounds at 800 San Francisco Street. Testing will be available November 20th thru 22nd from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m and November 23rd from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.


COVID-19 Mass Testing Events Scheduled for 10 South Dakota Communities
The South Dakota Department of Health, in partnership with the South Dakota National Guard and Office of Emergency Management, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will provide drive-thru COVID-19 testing in ten South Dakota communities over the next two weeks.