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South Dakota Abandons Coronavirus Vaccine Leadership, Now Lags National Rate

South Dakota’s old folks made a fair effort at reaching the 90% covid-19 vaccination rate I wished for when we rang in this hopeful new year, but the rest of South Dakota has used its Freedom™ to grossly disappoint everyone but the hungry coronavirus. As KELO Radio notes, South Dakota, which initially led the nation in coronavirus vaccination rates, now isn’t even keeping up with the national rate.

According to the New York Times, 49% of the U.S. population is fully vaccinated against coronavirus. South Dakota is at 47%. We’re still doing better than Wyoming (37%), North Dakota (40%), and Montana (44%), but we’re behind Nebraska (49%), Iowa (50%), and Minnesota (54%). 21 states have met or beat the 50% mark. Only Vermont, Massachusetts, Maine, Connecticut, and Rhode Island have vaccinated more than 60% of their populations.


  1. John Dale 2021-07-30

    “Most of the people dying of Corona had the vaccine. The spike protein and its prion crystals are the delta variant. Mayday! Mayday! We are at WAR!” — Alex Jones

  2. sx123 2021-07-30

    According to SD’s dept of health covid dashboard, almost 54% of SD are series complete on their covid vaccinations.
    That, along with an estimated ~31% in SD already having had covid, I don’t think we’re sitting as badly as one thinks, assuming having had covid will provide some varying degrees of protection against new variants. (I’m not an expert for sure, just thinking out loud.)

    However, I know plenty of people that ‘think’ (but never got tested) they had covid and still aren’t vaccinated, so there are some holes to plug for sure.

    To counter my point about natural immunity helping out, one just needs to look at some of the hotspot states and wonder how much naturally acquired immunity helps. ?

  3. Scott 2021-07-30

    History is surely not going to reflect well on how we handled this pandemic. We let political divide come between us and in the end many people who died did not have to. Simple things like masks, social distancing, stopping unnecessary events and now the vaccine could have done wonders to help all Americans.

    Even if Gov Noem’s approach to the pandemic makes her successful, it will only be a short lived success and her kids and grandkids will have to live with the fact that there mom/grandma will not be reflected very well in the history books for how she dealt with the pandemic and how she used politics to divide the county.

  4. Mark Anderson 2021-07-30

    Finally quoting your hero John Dale. WAR!, with the fat lying loser, that would be a quick one. Well all you Maga’s listen to John Dale, in his heart he knows what’s best for you.

  5. John Dale 2021-07-30

    Hi Mark;

    Alex Jones is not my hero.

    I think he’s done some fantastic things that should be studied.

    What I did above is called “journalism”, isn’t it?

    I cited my source.


  6. John Dale 2021-07-30

    Informed consent about these types of things means looking at many sources of information, including Alex Jones, who Mark thinks is okay to fat shame, defame, and label.


  7. Mark Anderson 2021-07-30

    Oh John, journalism also comes with something called honesty. As far as Alex Jones goes, its perfectly honest to call out the lying loser a dishonest grifter.

  8. Mark Anderson 2021-07-30

    John Dale did you study Alex Jones on Sandy Hook? Its going so well for him isn’t it?

  9. Mark Anderson 2021-07-30

    John Dale conducts “deep research” just like Alex Jones did when he claimed of the Sandy Hook shooting “the whole thing was fake”.

  10. mike from iowa 2021-07-30

    For you anti-vaxxers out there Arkansas hospitals claim Delta variant covid is treating kids badly when compared to earlier covid. More children are getting hospitalized now.

    Don’t get kids vaccinated and think how much money you can save at kristmas time and for birthdays. Kids…we hardly knew ya.

  11. John Dale 2021-07-30

    Mark, you seem to have Dale Derangement Syndrome.

    Why not represent your own research, ideas, and conclusions as they pertain to the topic and stop writing my name?

    What does Sandy Hook and your Alex Jones Schadenfreude have to do with prions?

    I guess you’re saying that, because he’s publishing this information about the experimental MRNA shots, he’s getting attacked over Sandy Hook?

    Help me.

    Help you.


    You Know Who

  12. John Dale 2021-07-30

    Hi Folks;

    Again I hope you don’t mind me taking a moment to clear up something that was recently written about me.

    I do some deep research, but mostly in two areas.

    First, Object/Relational Mapping in enterprise software, which requires that I be an expert in database design and in the application of database design and information systems logic to human behavior modification.

    That being said, most of my research is not deep, it is wide. I consume a massive swath of information from other people who do deep research in their area(s) of expertise.

    Interestingly, I see convergence of data points occasionally, which in my mind is a green light to bring it up to friends and family. These are pointers for other experts in those fields to tear it apart if possible to disprove/prove assertions outside of my own area(s) of expertise. That is how I view Science as working best for the people.

    It’s tangential to the topic here, but still related.

    Now, Mark, you can’t possibly hate me because I’m beautiful, but I did have a girl in a bar call me a beautiful man once. I wasn’t quite sure what to make of that, and the $100 bill she waved at me.


    Oh, You Know the Thing

  13. John Dale 2021-07-30

    “application of database design and information systems logic to human behavior modification” is the second thing.

  14. Mark Anderson 2021-07-30

    Actually he got sued for lying about Sandy Hook. Just so you know, he has no credibility, he lost his case John. You could look it up. So why would I look at him at all if I’m looking for truth. He’s a parasitic worm, John and that’s as far as iI need to go with prions.

  15. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2021-07-30

    Sx123, natural immunity from infection may be better than nothing after the fact, but for the hundreds of thousands of South Dakotans who haven’t gotten their shots yet, sitting around waiting to catch coronavirus for that natural immunity is far riskier than going to the clinic or Hy-Vee and getting the shot.

    Natural immunity also is not as strong as vaccine immunity, says Dr. Francis Collins:

    …protective antibodies generated in response to an mRNA vaccine will target a broader range of SARS-CoV-2 variants carrying “single letter” changes in a key portion of their spike protein compared to antibodies acquired from an infection.

    These results add to evidence that people with acquired immunity may have differing levels of protection to emerging SARS-CoV-2 variants. More importantly, the data provide further documentation that those who’ve had and recovered from a COVID-19 infection still stand to benefit from getting vaccinated [Dr. Francis Collins, “How Immunity Generated from Covid-19 Vaccines Differs from an Infection,” NIH Director’s Blog, 2021.06.22].

    And John and Alex Jones are lying: most new infections, hospitalizations, and deaths are among unvaccinated people. A Florida ER doc says that the one common factor among the 30/40/50-year-olds he’s treating for coronavirus this summer is that they are unvaccinated. Yale research estimates that the vaccines saved 279,000 lives by the end of June.

    And for those South Dakotans pretending that their scientific caution is keeping them from getting their shots:

    The list of debunked myths and misinformation I hear — presented to me as fact — grows longer by the day. No wonder the US Surgeon General has called Covid-19 misinformation an “urgent threat” to public health.

    I hear often from patients that the vaccine development was “rushed” or that it hasn’t been “studied enough” despite the fact that the Covid-19 vaccine was assessed for safety in tens of thousands of patients — far more than widely-used drugs like Viagra were. More than 3.8 billion doses have been administered worldwide, over 340 million of them right here in the US.

    Many of these same patients, unwilling to be what they term as vaccine “guinea pigs,” end up hospitalized, deeply regretting their decision. Ironically, pretty much every therapy that hospitals have used to treat Covid-19 — like dexamethasone, remdesivir, hydroxychloroquine, and monoclonal antibodies like tocilizumab, sotrovimab, bamlanivimab — has far less data behind it than the vaccine does [Alex Busko, “ER Doctor: ‘What a Senseless, Self-Inflicted Wound’,” CNN, 2021.07.30].

    All the sick people Dr. Busko sees aren’t listening to John and Alex and the other liars any more. They are begging for vaccines (which Dr. Busko tells them don’t do any good to cure them of an active infection) and all those much-less-tested treatments to save their lives.

    If you’re already vaccinated, good. If you’re not, reduce your chances of ending up i the hospital or of putting someone you love in the hospital: GO GET YOUR SHOTS TODAY.

  16. John Dale 2021-07-30

    Hi Cory;

    The immunity doesn’t last. Booster shots are required. Thousands of variants means thousands of shots.

    Here’s what I’ve got:

    “[Recipients of the second Pfizer vaccine have 5-6x lower neutralizing antibodies, which block the virus from getting into cells. Boosters weaken the immune system over time, and like an addiction, more shots are required over time to get comparable results, especially old people.]” — COVID vaccine program director David LV Bauer


  17. John Dale 2021-07-30


    Show me where a judge ruled against Alex Jones for “lying” about Sandy Hook.

    Alex Jones’ testimony on this matter is that, during the course of analysis of the event in live-time, he questioned the evidence coming out and, in a moment of conjecture, came to the wrong conclusion.

    In this day and age, given the bad behavior of our government from Tuskegee to Operation Paperclip, to Gulf of Tonkin, etc .. it is no wonder why people raise questions about official narratives.

    I’m shook by the fact that a Waco fed is now being put in charge of a major government agency (ATF). I’m not saying Koresh was a saint, but American women and children were burned alive and this guy gloated about it.

    Alex Jones just asked questions, hypothesized (scientific method), and drew conclusions based on a sordid historically terrifying MO. Not that it matters much, but Alex Jones’ Sandy Hook tar baby is a civil matter.


  18. mike from iowa 2021-07-30

    Alex Jones’ testimony on this matter is that, during the course of analysis of the event in live-time, he questioned the evidence coming out and, in a moment of conjecture, came to the wrong conclusion.

    He lied for over 5 years and then blamed psychosis, which dissolved soon after and he went back to lying again.

    There was no other analysis of what took place at Sandy Hook!

  19. mike from iowa 2021-07-30

    Again I hope you don’t mind me taking a moment to clear up something that was recently written about me.

    We do, but that doesn’t seem to matter. Storm Front and/or dead Breitbart want you back for some inexplicable reason.

  20. Eve Fisher 2021-07-30

    Remember, don’t feed the troll(s).
    Especially if they’re Alex Jones fans. Next up, citing RT! (That’s Russia TV, channel 280 on Dish Network.)

  21. Mark Anderson 2021-07-30

    Well Alex Jones did claim some form of psychosis made him believe that Sandy Hook wasn’t true. He also has “claimed that Hillary Clinton “personally murdered and chopped up” children, but thats another case. Just this week however, he is attempting to depose Clinton to prove that she orchestrated Sandy Hook so apparently his psychosis is back. He’s such a wonderful human being, the gift that keeps on giving. Again on another statement, David Koresh was the person who burned the women and children, he did have sex with as many as he could. David Chipman is simply opposed by the NRA, so no wonder trumpies have a problem with him.

  22. John Dale 2021-07-30

    “some form of psychosis”

    It’s splitting hairs, but I believe he said “a kind of psychosis”, which was never diagnosed. In his words, past history of government malfeasance caused him to over question that specific event.

    Alex Jones helped build a church for Waco survivors and their community.

    I think CNN is more complicit in causing residual pain for the parents and family of those who perished than Alex Jones.

    They forced Alex’s analysis on them over and over until it was traumatizing.

    Right now, Alex Jones is on vacation, swimming, fishing, and hiking.

    “David Koresh was the person who burned the women and children, he did have sex with as many as he could.”

    Like I said, not a saint.

    The women and children, victims of the alleged abuse, were destroyed by fire.

    It does not follow from any of this that Alex Jones is wrong about something else.

    This one issue, after something like 20 years on air, represents a pretty dauntingly effective and accurate track record.

    So, back to the topic at hand.

    Is Alex Jones incorrect about forced vaccinations?

    How about Dr. David Martin:

  23. leslie 2021-07-30

    The original alpha strain had an r0 of 2.7. This means that one person could spread the disease to about 2.7 people. The Delta variant has an r0 of 6, making it much more contagious.

    “The Clinton Foundation’s maneuver around the strict enforcement of intellectual property laws ushered in a dramatic era of HIV drug invention.***

    Scaling up vaccine production to produce enough doses to fully immunize more than 7.8 billion people will require a level of international coordination and cooperation never previously seen. [Biden’s k]nocking down patent barriers on the final vaccine formulations is a start, but that’s all that it is.”

    Pulitzer prize winning health journalist Laurie Garret’s next Foreign Policy piece on the virus is set for immediate publication. The trolls are here daily, however (9 “unedited” posts).

  24. Porter Lansing 2021-07-30

    -I’ve resumed masking up in public, social distancing, and increased my home confinement.
    -Because, I could easily be a carrier of the Delta variant.
    -I could easily infect an antivaxxer.
    -Apparently, the way forward in lowering hospitalization rates is to resume the practices that lowered them in 2020.
    -I’m willing to inconvenience myself to possibly save an antivaxxers life.

  25. Mark Anderson 2021-07-30

    Gosh, I don’t know, I believe that Alex Jones having to halt the sale of his silver toothpaste and other things he sold that would supposedly boost your immune system, ticked him off. He is as his lawyer has said, a performance artist. You perform don’t you John? He’s already had to back down on his false covid sales.. The New York Attorney General and the FDA made him. He dropped his products the day he got their letters brave boy. I guess I shouldn’t have called him fat, maybe pleasing plump would do. After all he’s called Hillary Clinton basically a cannibal, but gosh he probably had a psychotic episode.

  26. Arlo Blundt 2021-07-30

    Thank you Leslie for some thoughtful research…I’m back to wearing a mask at the Post Office, Grocery Store and Bait Shop. I think people conclude I’m not vaccinated. I don’t know who this Alex Jones fellow is…never heard of him until he claimed he was crazy momentarily when he reported the killing of school children a hoax. I’ve written him off as a nut case.

  27. Porter Lansing 2021-07-30

    No need or benefit in criticizing John Dale.
    He does it to himself, very well.
    Imagine someone who believes this is proper.
    ” Most of my research is not deep, it is wide.”
    John, that’s the textbook definition of “shallow” and “superficial”.
    Dozens of times I’ve exposed the invalidity of the sources you believe are worthy.
    It’s true, that John Dale believes anything he agrees with and that’s the end of his research.
    He knows a little about a lot of things and a lot about almost nothing.
    No need to pay him any attention. He’s not a valid source of knowledge.

  28. Mark Anderson 2021-07-30

    I know Porter, but my wife’s favorite cousin is now in the ICU with Covid. Unfortunately for her she and her husband, brother and sister in law are all foxie news people and trumpies. I know they stayed with us for three weeks. Just following the line that some people sling has killed people and I hope she will be OK. Then I can get mad at her.

  29. John Dale 2021-07-30

    So, now we’re talking about Epstein and the Lolita Express?

    So, it’s clear you just want to take the person down (derangement), but aren’t really interested in talking about the issue.

    This is a well documented tactic (see my recent transmission covering a Glenn Greenwald article around disinformation).

    Luckily, people are smarter than you think.

    Epstein didn’t kill himself.

  30. Bree Oatman 2021-07-30

    John Dale keeps misquoting and/or using a quote out of context from Dr. Bauer out of the UK. What Dr. Bauer really said was that immunity from vaccine decreases somewhat the older you are, if you wait too long for the second shot there is less of an immune response, and over time immunity declines (which was expected). Whether or not boosters will be needed, when they are needed or how often is still being studied. How do I know? Because I’m in the Pfizer study and got vaccinated in Sept of 2020.

  31. mike from iowa 2021-07-30

    Texass now leads New York in Covid deaths despite once trailing by 29k. Congrats magats and anti vaxxers. Your parents will be prowd when you cease and desist breathing.

  32. mike from iowa 2021-07-30

    CDC document says Delta variant is as contagious as Chicken Pox.

  33. Mark Anderson 2021-07-30

    You know John, you seem to catch nothing but red herring in Spearfish Creek.

  34. Porter Lansing 2021-07-30

    Good luck to your family, Mark.
    John Dale!
    Your lying is killing people!

  35. Arlo Blundt 2021-07-30

    Mark–I’m sorry to hear about your relative…my brother in laws death from Covid has traumatized my wife…we’ve had deaths from Covid in the neighborhood…this plague is REAL..and its among us and its transforming itself to become more of a killer…Vaccination doesn’t threaten our freedom, death from Covid threatens our freedom.

  36. OldtimerDon 2021-07-30

    This whole covid discussion seems to break down along these lines (in my humble opinion).
    1. There is one group that has been abused by those in charge (minorities for example)–totally understand their reluctance. Education and patience will help this group.
    2. Group two just thinks they are too healthy to get it (HMMMM–see the Olympics). They often get a “coming too Jesus: moment a little too late. Not much can be done for them.
    3. Group three is “by god you’re not going to make me do something” I don’t want to. These folks rarely wear helmets –hence the name “donor cycles”.Hey, we need the organs-go for it). However, I doubt there is much harvest-able from a covid victim (perhaps some limbs may be harvest-able). Waste of time and resources to even bother trying to get these folks to even think rationally.
    4. The last group is desperate for attention any way possible –these wackadodles–belong to a variety of extreme religious groups and cults (dare I say MAGA and Q’ANON). They can cite “sources” that supposedly justify their warped stream of consciousness thinking. Again, waste of time.

    Not much is being said about the long term effects of covid on the survivors and the way even those who have been vaccinated have greatly minimized short term and long term effects.

    Frankly, I am happy that I was able to get both shots, as were most of the people in my circle of contacts. Those who deny science have thinking roots back to when people thought the world was flat and people would fall off if you went too far.

    We are getting closer to that elusive “herd immunity”. I hope those with sanity will keep pushing forward and keep nudging politicians that are real leaders to do the right thing.

  37. Jake 2021-07-31

    Any comment on this blog with the heading ‘John Dale’ is kind of like looking at used toilet paper on a bathroom floor, and essentially ignored….

  38. WillyNilly 2021-07-31

    John Dale is a happy man. He posts and then watches the excitement his words generate. This is a place where people come to express opinions, not necessarily all hard facts. He is tolerated because most of the participants believe and honor free speech in America. Anyone who visits here knows that his words mean little except for their ability to incite. I have stopped reading his posts because too frequently I can catch up on them through the various replies.

  39. John Dale 2021-07-31

    WillyNilly – that’s usually the best way to find out what a person said, through intermediaries that hate the person. Thanks for the chuckle. :) Careful of those prince abubu emails asking for you to send him $1000. If you do, don’t hate me when you get ripped-off. FWIW, I’m happy because I’m healthy.

    Relying on psychology to push people to accept genocide has happened before. Doctors that aid in genocide get hung by the neck eventually.

    So, no shots for me. Get them if you want them. Don’t drag us into this.

    Porter – okay, we get it. You’re deep state and on a mission to save America. Keep slugging, kiddo.

    The numbers are fake.

    The hospitals are not overrun (go visit, take video, post it).

    More than 11,000 people have died taking the vaccine, and over 100,000 have reported serious side effects. It’s almost like the threats to vaccinate young people are expected to drive good parents over the edge to incite a civil war so super duper really competent leaders can invite in the UN to usher in a unicorn-like utopia.

    I’ll take my chance without these experimental genetic therapies.

    Those who have gotten them have been told to blame people who didn’t get them.

    Because getting the shot protects you from the virus, but it doesn’t.

    Are you seeing this?


  40. John Dale 2021-07-31

    Somebody prove to me that 2+2=4

  41. mike from iowa 2021-07-31

    Johnny Rabbit Hole Refugee in Latin…. Vidi ego veni bloviated

  42. M 2021-07-31

    WillyNilly, John Dale is like a child in the classroom who disrupts the instructor constantly, depriving others from attention and an education. Why he is tolerated here is a mystery to me. Had he been in my classroom, he definitely would have been transferred to another class and eventually expelled from the public school where I taught.

    Is there some way I can block John Dales blabbing, whining, and lies? I want to condense the rest of the material into a readable format.

  43. ds 2021-07-31

    Kristi Noem you need to fly down to Florida pronto to show support for another Republican Governor DeSantis who promises NO mask mandates especially in schools, No school closings, and No travel restrictions (like in cruse ships). Be sure to stay several days whilst you visit up close and personal with all the 22,000-some (Friday’s one-day record) of newly infected, mostly Delta virus casualties. Some of them are likely in intensive care by now so be sure to wish them hope and prayers when (if) you visit them minus a mask. Of course you will remind them how proud you are of their wise personal choice even as they plead for a dose of the vaccination.
    You can make up for not being able to take deep breaths here in South Dakota (if you were even here lately) due to all the Canadian (climate change related) forest fire smoke. Just the facts, John…..

  44. John Dale 2021-08-01

    I think this is the result of the cultural wall I built.

    We needed 90% vaccination to cover-up the tyranny and genocide?


  45. bearcreekbat 2021-08-02

    Number of deaths from taking the Covid vaccine:

    How many people have died from the vaccine in the U.S.?
    Emily Smith, ScD MPH
    Published: June 14, 2021
    Emily Smith, ScD MPH
    Updated July 23, 2021

    Over 339 million vaccine doses were given to 187.2 million people in the US as of July 19, 2021. The vaccines have been proven to be safe and effective. Vaccination is happening under the most intensive safety monitoring in U.S. history.

    How do we know if someone dies after getting a vaccine?

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires vaccination providers to report any death after COVID-19 vaccination to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS). When these reports are received, doctors from CDC and FDA review death certificates, autopsies, and medical records to understand what happened with each person.

    How many people have died after getting a vaccine?

    Between December 2020 and July 19th, 2021, VAERS received 6,207 reports of death (0.0018% of doses) among people who got a vaccine, but this does not mean the vaccine caused these deaths. Doctors and safety monitors carefully review the details of each case to see if it might be linked to the vaccine. There are three deaths that appear to be linked to blood clots that occurred after people got the J&J vaccine. Since we now know how to correctly treat people who develop these blood clots, future deaths related to this very rare side effect can be prevented.

    After careful review of the additional data, doctors have decided that there is no evidence at all that the vaccines contributed to the other patient deaths. . . . .

  46. Mark Anderson 2021-08-02

    Why thank you John, of course I’ll answer anyone’s question.

  47. grudznick 2021-08-02

    Mr. Anderson, what is your favorite non-alcoholic beverage, and why?

  48. Porter Lansing 2021-08-02

    Dale sez: Porter – okay, we get it. You’re deep state and on a mission to save America. Keep slugging, kiddo.

    JD … Our file on you is sooooooooo deep it’d take you a week just to get through chapter 4.

  49. mike from iowa 2021-08-02

    So how come bcb’s post doesn’t show on the front page? Good thing I checked another comment or I would have missed his comment entirely. That must never happen, you hear me?

  50. jerry 2021-08-02

    bcb, very good link, muchas gracias. Now watch Johnny cakes ask his middle schooler kid for comeback jabs.

  51. jerry 2021-08-02

    Start charging higher insurance rates for those that make their minds up to not get vaccinated. Currently insurance company’s do that with smokers and tobacco users, so why not add a charge for that freedom? Same goes for home rentals. Let the rich stay unvaccinated to see how that all works out.

  52. Mark Anderson 2021-08-02

    Well grudz, I guess it would be what I drink when we’re on our morning walk. Zero. You can guess what it is.

  53. Porter Lansing 2021-08-02

    Good one, Bear.

    Had a thirty something MAGA ask me why I was wearing my mask.

    “Because I could be a Covid carrier.”, I answered.

    You shoulda’ seen the fear in that boys eyes. #grins

  54. grudznick 2021-08-02

    Zima Zero? Lime flavored, no doubt.

  55. Richard Schriever 2021-08-02

    John Dale – Forming a hypothesis is only the first of many steps in the scientific method of research. Can you name the second step? How about the third?

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