NEW: Watertown officials update COVID-19 vaccine distribution process (Audio)

Alpha Media

January 25, 2021
Mike Tanner

WATERTOWN, S.D.–Officials from Prairie Lakes Hospital, Sanford Clinic and Brown Clinic gave an update Monday on the distribution process for the COVID-19 vaccine locally.

The Watertown area is a little more than a month into the prolonged effort to get everyone vaccinated from the deadly virus that’s killed more than 1,700 South Dakotans.

Brown Clinic Dr. Dan Rieffenberger, during an afternoon briefing at Watertown City Hall, says there are more people to be vaccinated than there are doses available right now. so this process will take time…

He says local residents will be contacted when they need to come in to get their vaccination…

Cindy Mydland is the Director of Operations at Sanford Clinic Watertown. She says this is not like holding a typical flu shot clinic…

Prairie Lakes CEO K.C. DeBoer was asked if people can express their preference for receiving the Pfizer or the Moderna vaccine…

If you’re leery about getting the vaccine, Dr. Rieffenberger says don’t be. He’s telling everyone to get it when their turn comes up…

All three health care facilities–Prairie Lakes, Sanford, and Brown Clinic–say the vaccine will be given to their patients free of charge–with no administration fees.

 

Hear Monday’s full press briefing by clicking the link below: