South Dakota to lower age minimum for COVID-19 vaccinations

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Department of Health will be lowering the age for COVID-19 vaccinations to those who are 65 and over.

Health officials said those who qualify in that age bracket should be eligible for shots beginning Monday.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that South Dakota has received more than 189,000 doses of vaccine and administered nearly 163,000 of those, or about 18,500 doses per 100,000 people. That is one of the top rates in the country.

State officials say about 16% of the South Dakota’s population has received at least one dose of the vaccine and more than 7% has received two shots.