Vaccine Information

We are proud to be working with the South Dakota Department of Health and other healthcare partners regarding the distribution of COVID-19 vaccine to our community. The COVID-19 vaccine is the best way to protect you and your loved ones from the virus.

You may be wondering when you can receive the vaccine. Because vaccine supplies are still limited, we are following the phased approach as outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the State. We appreciate your patience as we work through this process. When you qualify for the vaccine, we will notify you.

The vaccines that are currently available gone through rigorous testing to show they are safe and are about 95% effective in preventing COVID. The more people receive the vaccine, the more we can prevent others from getting sick. Once you get the vaccine, it is important to continue wearing a mask, social distancing and practicing good hand hygiene. We know people are anxious to get back to a more normal routine, and vaccine is the best way to do that.
 

Vaccine FAQ's

While it should be noted that no vaccine is 100% effective, the information from clinical studies showed that both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are 90-94% effective. Studies also show that if two vaccine doses are required, a person should get both doses to receive the maximum benefit. It takes one to two weeks following the second dose to be considered fully vaccinated.
Yes. It’s important for everyone to continue wearing a mask until more information is known regarding the effectiveness of the vaccine. Studies will continue about how well the vaccine works in the general population; how much it may reduce disease, severity or transmission; and how long protection lasts. Individuals who receive the vaccine should continue following all guidance on wearing masks, washing hands, maintaining social distancing, and following any other guidelines from CDC and South Dakota Department of Health. 
Yes, it is possible to contract COVID-19 in between doses of the vaccine. That is why it is important to continue to wear a mask and social distance.
Just like with other types of vaccinations, the process of building immunity can cause temporary symptoms such as headache, fatigue, muscle soreness, and mild fever. These are normal signs that the body is building immunity and may last up to a week.
There is no current data on the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines in these populations; therefore, they are not currently included in the vaccination recommendations. If a woman is part of a group (e.g. health care personnel) who is recommended to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, she may choose to be vaccinated. A discussion with her health care provider can help her make an informed decision concerning the vaccine.
As with any vaccine, there is a risk of allergic reactions, which typically would occur within a few minutes to one hour after getting the vaccine. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are recommending that all persons receiving a COVID-19 vaccination be observed for 15 minutes after vaccination.  Persons with a history of anaphylaxis (an acute and potentially life-threatening serious allergic reaction) be observed for 30 minutes after vaccination.