South Dakota expected to receive thousands of doses of newly-approved coronavirus vaccine

March 1, 2021

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota is expected to receive 7,000 doses this week of the recently-approved Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine.

It brings the state’s allotment to just over 25,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine per week.

South Dakota Department of Health Secretary Kim Malsam-Rysdon says the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine is a great option for people that have trouble being able to schedule a second dose.

The Food and Drug Administration on Saturday cleared the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

One dose is 85% protective against the most severe COVID-19 illness, in a massive study that spanned three continents.