South Dakota announces Phase 2 of COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution


As of Monday, South Dakota Department of Health announced that the state has moved on to Phase 2 of South Dakota’s COVID-19 vaccination plan. With this move, vaccines will be made available to any state resident, 16 years and older, in addition to any persons from Phase 1 who have not yet chosen to be vaccinated.

“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.”

South Dakota remains a leader in vaccination efforts, at both the regional and national level. As of last week, 43% of the state population had received at least 1-dose and over 28% of the state’s population has completed their full series. All residents can connect directly with a health partner serving their area by visiting the website: https://covid.sd.gov/.

You can also find specific Lincoln County information HERE.



Administering COVID vaccines to the public has been a big job. Pioneer Memorial Hospital and Health Services in Viborg, said that luckily some amazing nurses have come out of retirement to help vaccinate the communities.

Pictured at right is Nancy Severson administering a vaccine to a Turner County resident. Pioneer Memorial reported that Bernie Nesheim (at right below) has also been helping to observing patients after they have received their vaccine.

Nancy Brockmueller, Marketing Coordinator said, “A huge thanks to all of our staff members and volunteers that have been helping with the vaccine clinics.”

Over 3,000 vaccines have been administered. Pioneer Memorial Hospital continues with Group E, this location is open to those 18 years of age and older who are residents of Turner County or have their primary care provider (PCP) as Pioneer Memorial. Turner County residents can attend vaccine clinics for the two dose Moderna vaccine, which are held every Wednesday. Pioneer Memorial also has doses of the single Johnson & Johnson vaccine available at the Viborg Medical Clinic. Appointments need to be scheduled for all vaccines by calling (605) 326-5201.

Construction at Viborg Medical Clinic is in full swing. The crew is working hard on the addition of a second clinic lobby and check-in. The construction projects are anticipated to be completed by June.

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