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COVID-19 Vaccination in South Dakota

All individuals over the age of 12 are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in South Dakota. However, the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is the only vaccine that has been approved for use in adolescents 12-17 years of age.

COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility

If you respond “Yes” to any of the questions above, a COVID vaccine appointment should not be scheduled until you can answer “No” to all screening questions.

  • Do you currently have any symptoms of COVID-19?
  • Have you been diagnosed with COVID in the last 10 days and are currently in isolation?
  • Have you received COVID antibody therapy in the last 90 days?
  • Have you had a serious allergic reaction to a prior vaccine or other injected medicine?
  • Do you have an allergy to a component of the vaccine?

Sign-up for an Appointment

If you would like to sign you or your child up to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at one of our Horizon clinics, use the link below. Please see the below chart for dates and times that special Pfizer vaccine clinics will be held in your local clinic.

Learn More About the Pfizer Vaccine

The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine was recently approved for emergency use authorization for adolescents twelve years of age and older. The purpose of this vaccine is for the prevention of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19). According to the FDA, approximately 1.5 million COVID-19 cases in individuals 11-17 years of age have been reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Children and adolescents generally have a milder COVID-19 disease course as compared to adults. The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine is administered as a series of two doses, three weeks apart, the same dosage and dosing regimen for 16 years of age and older.

Fact Sheet for Recipients and Caregivers
Official FDA Pfizer Press Release – https://www.fda.gov/news-events/press-announcements/coronavirus-covid-19-update-fda-authorizes-pfizer-biontech-covid-19-vaccine-emergency-use

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FAQs

Why does my child need a COVID-19 vaccine?

All kids who are 12 years and older should get a COVID-19 vaccine. If your preteen or teen hasn’t gotten their vaccine yet, talk to their doctor about getting it as soon as possible.

When should my child be vaccinated?

All kids who are 12 years and older should get a COVID-19 vaccine. If your preteen or teen hasn’t gotten their vaccine yet, talk to their doctor about getting it as soon as possible

Are COVID-19 vaccines safe for my child?

Yes. COVID-19 vaccination provides safe and effective protection against the virus that causes COVID-19. The COVID-19 vaccines have been used under the most intensive safety monitoring in U.S. history.
The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine is now available for everyone ages 12 and older. In the clinical trial for children ages 12 through 15, the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine was 100% effective at preventing COVID-19 with symptoms. In addition, children’s immune systems responded to the vaccine in a way similar to those of older teens and young adults. No safety concerns were identified in the clinical trial.

What should you do before, after, and during your child's vaccination?

  • Your child will need 2 shots given 3 weeks (21 days) apart to get the most protection.
  • Tell the doctor or nurse about any allergies your child may have.
  • Comfort your child during the appointment.
  • To prevent fainting and injuries related to fainting, your child should be seated or lying down during vaccination and for 15 minutes after the vaccine is given.
  • After your child’s COVID-19 vaccination, you will be asked to stay for 15 minutes so your child can be observed in case they have a severe allergic reaction and need immediate treatment.

Can I get the COVID-19 vaccine if I’ve recently had the flu shot or another vaccination?

The COVID-19 vaccine can be received 14 days before or after another vaccination. Check with your healthcare provider for more details.

If I have received a COVID-19 antibody infusion, can I receive the vaccine?

Yes, but patients should wait 90 days after the infusion before receiving the vaccine.

Can I still get COVID-19 after getting the vaccine?

Yes, but the likelihood is extremely low, as the vaccine has been shown to be 95% effective after two weeks. If you do contract COVID-19 after receiving the vaccine, your symptoms should be minimal with no lasting damage.

How long will my vaccination last?

There is currently no guarantee on this, as there are multiple vaccines and varying amounts of research results. Estimates include anywhere from eight months to two years.

What are the side effects of the vaccine?

Side effects from a vaccination are good indicators that it is working and helping your body build immunity. Headache, fatigue and mild fevers have all been reported in early rounds of vaccination.

Are there long-term effects from the vaccine?

According to the CDC and FDA, the approved vaccines have met the required outcomes after stringent testing and research. There is no evidence that indicates the COVID-19 vaccines cause long-term negative effects.

More information on COVID-19 in South Dakota can be found here: https://doh.sd.gov/COVID/Dashboard.aspx

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