Press "Enter" to skip to content

Roll up Your Sleeves: South Dakota Coronavirus Vaccine Plan Moving to Phase 1D

The Department of Health says it’s almost ready to give me my coronavirus shots… almost.

As I noted last month, as a college worker, I’m in Phase 1D of South Dakota’s coronavirus vaccination plan. Yesterday, the DOH said it will start vaccinating the most vulnerable members of Phase 1D on Monday, January 18:

This first prioritized population group will be those 80 and over, as well as high-risk individuals and will be expanded to other groups within 1D as vaccines become available. The modification comes amidst the federal government’s plan to release vaccines to states to speed up vaccinations nationwide.

“Given the progress we’ve seen in groups A through C, we are confident that with an increase in vaccine allocations, we can move into a limited population of group 1D. We will begin with those 80 and over and high-risk individuals, and from this starting point, adjust accordingly as allocation permits,” said Kim Malsam-Rysdon, Secretary of Health. “We want to reassure those who’ve already received their first dose, and those in groups A through C who are already in the queue, that their second-dose will be available” [South Dakota Department of Health, press release, 2021.01.13].

SD Dept. Health launching Phase 1D covid-19 vaccinations Monday January 18, infographic excerpt, retrieved 2021.01.13.
SD Dept. Health launching Phase 1D covid-19 vaccinations Monday January 18, infographic excerpt, retrieved 2021.01.13.

The Department of Health also notes that, thanks to the government’s adopting President-Elect Biden’s vaccination rollout plan, South Dakota is going to get more doses based on our higher population of elderly folks and the speed with which we are able to deliver vaccines. (Well, DOH can’t mention President-Elect Biden, but we know whom to thank for rational, effective policy.)

So line up, South Dakotans: the sooner you get your shot, the sooner everyone else can get a shot and get the coronavirus pandemic under control.


  1. Mark Anderson 2021-01-14 08:01

    You know there are two pharmacys within one mile of where we live. We have gotten shots there for years, too bad our Republican government put us on eventbrite to scramble with thousands of others to try to get a shot at the hospital. You would think they would know better.

  2. mike from iowa 2021-01-14 09:29

    Hurry, hurry, 3900 more bodies counted yesterday. Likely won’t just up and disappear like the head liar of all time kept saying.

    Have no idea when iowans get shot.

  3. Hadassah Miller 2021-01-14 14:38

    This is good news! We have a household of 5 and there’s three of us who have medical issues. We’re in Lead, so driving to Deadwood for this isn’t too bad at all.

  4. mike from iowa 2021-01-14 18:07

    drumpf/noem body count

    Last updated: January 15, 2021, 00:00 GMT
    United States
    Coronavirus Cases:

    Should surpass 24 million cases and 400k deaths tomorrow, easily.

  5. John Dale 2021-01-15 05:10

    I will not be taking a vaccine.

    My family will not be taking a vaccine.

    Instead, we take vitamins like the CDC recommends:

    This whole mask/needle party is played out .. think Ima go find a different scene. This one grosses me out.

    Sadly, this makes the 5 of us targets of really bad people who do truly bad things.

    That is all.

  6. mike from iowa 2021-01-15 08:37

    3973 more bodies added to the count yesterday. None named Dale, as far as I know. I suspect people who won’t vaccinate their kids already have a list of excuses why their children succumb to covid. None of them admit the experts were right.

  7. Dean Bottorff 2021-01-15 18:42

    Here in Rapid City, Monument Health has been put in charge of the vaccination program and so far they have totally botched. I’ve been in contact with Monument health by phone and email for the past month trying to get answers to simple questions such as 1. Approximately when will the vaccine be available in Pennington County? 2. Is there a waiting list for those who want the vaccine when there group comes up (I’m 1D)? 3. Where will vaccines be administered? 4. Will there be community vaccination centers for those living in more rural parts of Pennington County? etc. Mostly my queries have been ignored and only in the last week was I able to get this response:

    “Based on the information you stated, it sounds like you fall in the 1D group as defined by the State of South Dakota Department of Health. I’ve attached the graphic from the State as reference. Please watch and listen for public service announcements and advertising from both the State and Monument Health sharing the process to schedule your appointment over the next few weeks.”

    The attached graphic merely describes the various groups in the most generalized terms and has none of the specific information.

  8. DaveFN 2021-01-15 23:10

    John Dale

    Some maintain that a virus loves nothing better than a well-nourished body.

    Your response?

  9. mike from iowa 2021-01-16 08:33

    Body count collected 3744 more bodies yesterday. Total is 401.8k as of this morning.

  10. Jean Farlee 2021-01-16 14:05

    Cheyenne River Reservation are vaccinating everyone on the rez. Members and nonmembers. We got our first vaccine Thursday and go back Feb. 4 for the next one. I was so grateful to be able to get vaccinated right away. My husband could have gotten his through the VA. He got a letter from them the same day as we had made appointments at Eagle Butte. I have a sister in Rapid City and she hasn’t been able to get one. She is 84 years old so you would think she would be on the top of any list. I have relatives in other states and they are amazed that we are getting ours. They aren’t getting theirs.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.