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.