Brookings County – Phase 2 Vaccination Plan (4/12/21)

Brookings Health System and its partners currently have low demand for COVID-19 vaccines. For people waiting to receive their COVID-19 vaccine, NOW IS THE TIME.

Herd Immunity Progress
Experts state that herd immunity for COVID-19 happens when 70 to 90 percent of the population has either survived infection or received the vaccine. Vaccination is a safer path to immunity than infection. Based on Brookings County’s population, 24,500 to 31,500 people need to be vaccinated. Currently, only 11,458 persons in Brookings County have received at least one vaccine dose, 32.7% of the population.

Community Vaccination Centers
As of Monday, 1,043 out of 1,500 vaccination spots have been filled for the Brookings County Pandemic Planning and Coordination Committee’s community vaccination center scheduled for Thursday, April 15. Eighty-two out of 1,500 vaccination spots have been filled for the April 22 vaccination center.

South Dakota residents ages 18 and older are eligible to sign-up for the community vaccination centers by visiting brookingshealth.org/POD or by calling (605) 692-2811. Both events will be held at Swiftel Center.

Vaccines for 16 & 17 Year Olds
Avera Medical Group Brookings has coordinated logistics to make Pfizer vaccine available locally, the only vaccine currently approved for 16 and 17 years olds.

They will hold vaccine clinics on April 21 and April 22 from 3 to 5 p.m. The event is open to anyone 16 years of age or older. To register, please visit www.avera.org/covid-vaccine.

Retail Pharmacies
Pharmacies continue to receive limited supplies of vaccine from the federal government. Locally individuals may sign-up for a vaccine time online for Walmart, HyVee, Brothers Pharmacy and Lewis Drug as vaccine supply allows.

More information about vaccines, including the number of doses arriving weekly, can be found at brookingshealth.org/vaccine.

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