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COVID-19 vaccine priority groups expanded

The state Department of Health on Wednesday announced that the COVID-19 vaccine will be available for those in the state’s final priority group starting next week.  

State Health Secretary Kim Malsam-Rysdon said that those in the state’s priority group 1-E will be eligible to receive the vaccine starting on Monday.  This group includes fire service personnel and other critical infrastructure workers

Malsam-Rysdon said that the state has administered more than 315-thousand doses of COVID-19 vaccine.

Malsam-Rysdon said that the state’s vaccine allocation for next week is 21-thousand, and that doesn’t include the doses that are coming in through the federal government for the Federal Retail Pharmacy program.  

Malsam-Rysdon said that she believes South Dakota should have no problem meeting the goal set by President Biden of having COVID-19 vaccine available to all adults by May 1st.  

More information on the COVID-19 vaccine and the state’s priority groups can be found here

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