PIERRE — The expedience that the state has shown processing through priority groups has paid off for those awaiting their opportunity at a vaccination, as the South Dakota Department of Health (DOH) announced Wednesday that Phase 2 of the vaccination plan would be implemented beginning Monday, April 5.
Phase 2 indicates all South Dakotans, aged 16 or older, who have not yet been eligible or chosen to be vaccinated are now eligible. Residents can schedule directly with their chosen primary care provider, a local health partner in the area providing vaccinations, such as a local pharmacy, or look for area vaccination “pods” that are to be announced in large areas, such as Huron, in the coming weeks.
“Given our efficient and orderly vaccination distribution efforts and increased allocation, we are delighted to open up Phase 2 starting Monday,” said Kim Malsam-Rysdon, Secretary of Health. “Without a doubt, this is testament to the hard work and dedication of our frontline workers, our healthcare and pharmacy partners and the staff at the Department of Health. I encourage all South Dakotans to schedule their vaccination today.”
For a complete list of health partners in the area providing vaccinations, go to doh.sd.gov/COVID/Vaccine/ProviderMap/default.aspx.
The state has now determined 44% of all state residents have received at least one dose of vaccine through federal and state allotment. Per state allotment only, the state reports 420,012 doses of vaccine have been administered to 257,886 persons.
In Beadle County, 8,966 doses of vaccine have now been administered to 5,669 persons in the county. Of those, 3,452 have now completed either a 1-shot Janssen series or 2-shot Pfizer or Moderna series and are considered fully vaccinated.
While vaccination numbers continue to rise, over Wednesday and Thursday, the state added nearly 500 new positive cases of COVID-19. Overall, 494 new positive cases were added over the two-day period, along with three new deaths and 440 new recovered cases.
That led the active cases in the state to jump by 51 to 2,487.
Beadle County reported five new positive cases along with seven new recovered cases. The active cases within the county fell to 38.
Despite numbers in Kingsbury County continuing to climb - 70 new positive cases over the past 10 days, the Heartland Region saw active cases drop on Thursday to 147 in the seven-county region.