Next phase of vaccinations may take a while to administer

PIERRE, S.D. (WNAX) – South Dakotans who fall into the Phase 1 Group D category became eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination this week.

Secretary of Health Kim Malsam-Rysdon says so far, the state has received about 11,000 doses of vaccine each week, so it’ll take a while to get through group 1D.

She says a variety of methods will be used to let the public know who is eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine and when.

Some states have had storage issues causing some doses of the vaccine to spoil, but Malsam-Rysdon says that hasn’t happened yet in South Dakota.

Free saliva tests are available and Malsam-Rysdon encourages South Dakotans to order them using the website.

According to, nearly 48,500 South Dakotans have received at least one dose of either the Pfizer or the Moderna COVID-19 vaccination. Almost 10,000 people have completed the two shot series.