South Dakota Health officials describe ‘tricky’ vaccine delivery process

January 21, 2021

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – As South Dakota attempts to continue the fast pace of its COVID-19 vaccine roll-out, health officials describe a multi-step process that can create a scramble for drivers to deliver vaccine shipments in winter weather.

Health officials have not received reports of vaccines going to waste, as has happened elsewhere.

Secretary of Health Kim Malsam-Rysdon credited the work of people who have jumped in to help.

She says the cold storage requirements make delivery of the vaccines a “tricky process.”

The state has administered vaccines to over 52,000 people. The number of new cases declined by 30% over the last two weeks.