The on-going COVID-19 pandemic has really taken its toll on the world.  But just when hope was fading, a vaccine was announced followed by another.  It's almost like people collectively breathed a sigh of relief.

The COVID-19 vaccines that are available to South Dakotans are the Pfizer and Moderna brands.  Based on priority and need, The South Dakota Department of Health divided residents into the following five distribution groups for Phase 1:

Group A: Frontline Healthcare workers and Long-term Care Facility Healthcare Workers

Group B: Long-Term Care Residents (nursing home and assisted living)

Group C: Other healthcare workers (including laboratory and clinic staff), Public Health Workers, Emergency Medical Services, Law Enforcement, and Correctional Officers.

Group D: Persons with 2 or More Underlying Medical Conditions (cancer; chronic kidney disease; COPD), Heart Conditions (heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies), Immunocompromised State (weakened immune system) from a solid organ transplant, Obesity or Severe Obesity, Sickle Cell Disease, Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus, Teachers and Other School/College Staff, Persons Aged 65 Years and Older, Residents in Congregate Settings, Residents in Licensed Independent Living Facilities, Residents of Licensed Group Homes, and Funeral Service Workers

Group E: Fire Service Personnel, Other Critical Infrastructure Workers

The South Dakota Department of Health has begun vaccinating South Dakota residents in Group C and Group B is also currently being vaccinated.

So how many residents in South Dakota have been vaccinated?  27,260 doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines have been administered.  Specifically, 12,734 have received the first Pfizer dose and 14,526 have received the first round of Moderna.

8,627 doses of either vaccine have been administered in Minnehaha County.  The total number of vaccines administered in Lincoln County is 3,336.

The South Dakota Department of Health is reporting that as of Wednesday, January 6th, there are a total of 337 new confirmed COVID-19 cases.  270 are currently hospitalized.  6,034 active cases are in the state as well as 1,513 deaths.

Overall, South Dakota has reached 101,076 confirmed cases.  Minnehaha County alone has 25,435 confirmed cases.  Lincoln County has 6,937 confirmed cases.

To keep track of the COVID-19 vaccine distribution and when you could be next, click here.

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