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South Dakota Health Department Urges Younger Population To Get Vaccinated

Apr 7, 2021 | ,

(KVHT) – As of the start of this week, any South Dakota resident who is 16 or older can now receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Data organized by the CDC shows South Dakota rated 6th among states when it comes to the percent of people receiving at least one shot, and 2nd among states with those who are fully vaccinated. South Dakota Health Secretary Kim Malsam-Rysdon wants people to understand that the same processes in place for every vaccine to ensure that they are safe was used for the COVID-19 vaccines as well. She acknowledged that COVID-19 hits people in drastically different ways which brings up a trend that can impact anyone. Malsam-Rysdon said COVID tends to impact older folks more severely, however, younger people can also get COVID. They can get sick from COVID, they can have long-term serious outcomes from COVID, and finally they can spread COVID. She reinforced the fact that it’s important for young people to take the Coronavirus seriously. She, along with other state officials are encouraging South Dakota’s younger population to get vaccinated so that they can minimize their impact of potentially spreading COVID to folks who might be more vulnerable.

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