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The South Dakota Department of Health is reminding residents the state is entering “Phase 2” of its vaccination program.  Starting today, the COVID-19 vaccine will become available to all residents 16 years or older.  Since the vaccine received emergency approval from the US FDA, the rollout in South Dakota has been targeted at the elderly, essential workers and people with underlying conditions.  Now due to vaccination numbers and the necessary allocation from the federal government, state officials can open up the vaccine to a majority of the state’s population.  As of Monday morning 442,380 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in the state.  That means 46 percent of the state’s population has already received at least one dose. 

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