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South Dakota to begin next step of COVID-19 vaccinations, individuals 65 and older up next

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PIERRE, S.D. (KTIV) -- South Dakota state health officials updated their vaccination numbers on Wednesday. And they say they are looking to start phase 1D early next week.

That means people 65 and older, high risk patients and high risk residents long-term care facilities will be next up to get vaccinated.

As of Wednesday morning, almost 40,000 South Dakota residents have received the first round of COVID-19 vaccines. Among those, nearly 8,000 have gone through the two dose vaccination process.

Next week health officials plan on receiving over 11,000 doses.

According to state health officials, a lot of those doses will come as a part of "Operation Warp Speed."

"Operation Warp Speed and the Federal Department of Health and Human Services are indicating that they plan to release any doses that they've been holding at the federal level to states with the goal of getting shots in arms," said Secretary of Health Kim Malsam-Rysdon.

State health officials say these extra doses will help them get through the rest of phase 1C and start phase 1D as early as Monday, january 18th.

Libbie Randall

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