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South Dakota Lags Region in Child Coronavirus Vaccination Rates

Last winter, South Dakota was leading the nation in getting the new coronavirus vaccines. We quickly fell away from that admirable leadership. Now as we head into pandemic winter #2, after a good year with zero evidence of mass mutations or death from these wonder shots but plenty of evidence of bad local political leadership, South Dakota can’t even put kids first in fighting coronavirus:

With child vaccines available for nearly a month, so far only about one in 20 eligible South Dakota children aged 5-11 has received a dose of the vaccine against the virus that causes COVID-19, according to the state Department of Health.

In an analysis of data from the U.S. Census and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, updated on Nov. 22, South Dakota had the lowest child vaccination rate of all Great Plains states.

At that time, 3.4% of eligible South Dakota children ages 5-11 had received at least one dose of the two-dose Pfizer vaccine regimen, compared to Minnesota at 14.5%, Nebraska at 9.8%, North Dakota at 6.8%, Montana at 6.1% and Wyoming at 3.7%. Rhode Island and Vermont are highest in the nation at 18% of children ages 5-11 vaccinated and Texas is lowest at 1% [Megan Raposa, “Many South Dakota Parents Hesitant to Get Children Vaccinated Against Covid-19,” South Dakota News Watch, 2021.11.23].

We need more shots in arms, big and little. If you value life, take your kids to the clinic and get them their shots.

11 Comments

  1. Porter Lansing 2021-11-27

    South Dakota is an anthropological and sociological petri dish.

  2. Donald Pay 2021-11-27

    Kids in the Madison, WI, area were the guinea pigs for the Moderna vaccine, and now they are testing vaccines for the kids under 5. So far for the age groups who have been tested, It’s a safe and effective vaccine. Side effects are minimal, as in adults.

  3. mike from iowa 2021-11-27

    Buncha iowa kids got wrong vaccine or doses at Mercy medical in Des Moines.

  4. ArloBlundt 2021-11-27

    Well…my 8 year old grandson called to tell me he is getting vaccinated next week and he’s very excited about it as he can then join boy scouts and play on a basketball team…and, he says, he won’t give the “Corona” to anyone. I’m very proud of him and his parents.

  5. Mark Anderson 2021-11-27

    Well Arlo, maybe he can give a Corona lite to you. Glad you have a great grandkids and parents. Too bad their are so many who are sooo stupid.

  6. Mark Anderson 2021-11-27

    Well Cory, its hard to comment on the anti-vaxers, Republican politicians who all have their shots have made them into freedom fighters when they are really delusional killers. That needs to be said more often even though they are mostly killing themselves.

  7. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2021-11-28

    Kids not dropping in Madison WI, Arlo’s grandson proud and eager to get the shot—there’s hope for civilization yet.

  8. Porter Lansing 2021-11-28

    This morning on MEET THE PRESS (the longest continually running show on television) the simpleton Governor of Mississippi, for God’s sake, said that antivaxxers are the “real” victims because Biden’s “mandates” have “hardened their resolve” against being told what to do.

    Surely, your Governor Noem will hop aboard the “victim wagon” as she has so many times, when she didn’t know what else to do.

    Remember when anti-seatbelt resisters claimed to be the victim of unjust attempts to “tell them what to do”?
    The false victim card is the last card in their deck and they’re playing it for a doomsday grasp at sympathy. #pathetic

  9. David Newquist 2021-11-28

    I am old and remember walking to grade school past houses that had red or yellow quarantine signs on the doorways. You avoided those houses and their occupants. I also remember when the town swimming pool and playgrounds were closed for the summer because of polio, and recall visiting classmates in iron lungs. Stores and churches had provisions to reduce crowds as disease vectors.

    When people resist disease mitigation efforts because it makes them feel like imposed-upon victims, a failure of intelligence is involved. Controlling virulent diseases also involves dealing with stupidity. Pathogens aren’t the only threat to health and well-being.

  10. O 2021-11-28

    The GOP/MAGA/Right needs to complete their position stance: We believe in primacy of personal freedom . . . even when it kills us, our children, and those around us who do not share our myopic stance. It goes for COVID vaccines, it goes for guns, it goes for profit generation . . .

    The GOP is a death cult.

  11. Mark Anderson 2021-11-29

    Well O, I believe you because it’s true. However maybe the parents of all those kids are just trying to off their own parents while there is still money left in the estate. It could be? Maybe they are just cunning and not just stupid.

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