COVID-19 Vaccine Information

It is important to understand that even with receiving the vaccine we need to continue to use all the tools we have available.

  • Continue to wear a mask in public places
  • Practice social distancing
  • Maintain good hand hygiene

This is an ever-changing process and may vary by county. Please continue to watch for updated information.

South Dakota is currently on Tier 1E which includes fire service personnel, water and wastewater, energy, finance, food service, food and agriculture, legal, manufacturing, shelter and housing, transportation and logistics, information technology and communications. Anyone in phase 1A-D is also eligible. Please continue to watch for updated information.  On 4/5/21 SD will move to Phase 2 – Those 16 years and older.

Vaccines at Pharmacies

Use the online scheduling tools, they are unable to make an appointment over the phone.  Vaccine allocation varies by week, keep checking their website for appointment availability.

Select Walmart pharmacies have COVID-19 vaccine available, must be a resident of South Dakota.

Click here to schedule an appointment online at a Walmart Pharmacy.

Hy-Vee pharmacies also have limited supplies of COVID-19 vaccines, appointments must be made online, appointments can not be made by phone calls to the pharmacy.

Click here to schedule an appointment at a Hy-Vee Pharmacy.

Lewis Family Drug is taking appointments for the COVID-19 vaccine, appointments can not be made by phone calls to the pharmacy.  Visit their website and select the location you wish to schedule with to check availability.

Click here to schedule an appointment at a Lewis Drug.

Walgreens Pharmacies has vaccine available.  Use their website to schedule an appointment. The Yankton store can be reached at 605-665-1124 and can assist with an appointment.

Click here to schedule an appointment at Walgreens

Vaccine Finder

Search for locations near you using Vaccine Finder.  Note that not all facilities participate in this tool.

Click here to use Vaccine Finder.

Health System Vaccine Availability

Avera Health Counties: Yankton, Aurora, Bon Homme, Charles Mix, Douglas, Gregory, Hutchinson, Union (If you reside in a county not listed, click the map below for information for your specific county.) If you need assistance, call Avera’s COVID-19 Hotline at 1-877-282-8372.

Click here to make an appointment at Avera

Sanford Health Counties:  Clay, Brown, Brule, Buffalo, Clark, Day, Duel, Hamlin, Lincoln, Lyman, McCook, Miner, Minnehaha, Roberts, Tripp or Turner.

Click here to register on Sanford’s COVID-19 vaccine notification list.

If you reside in a county not listed above, click the map below for information for your specific county. Information is also available from the South Dakota COVID-19 information line at 800-997-2880.

South Dakota Counties labeled with which health system will give COVID-19 vaccines.

The Nebraska Department of Health has created a one-stop registration portal.

Any resident of Nebraska can register to be contacted for a vaccine notification for their priority group. If you have already registered with your local health district, you do not need to register again.  Click here to register with the Nebraska Department of Health.

If you have questions, Nebraska’s COVID-19 hotline can help you navigate the process, call toll-free (833) 998-2275.

Those who are 18 to 64 who have a high-risk medical condition are asked to register using this site to ensure proper prioritization.

Those with a high-risk medical condition include:

  • Asthma
  • Cancer (currently have cancer)
  • Cerebrovascular Disease affecting Blood Vessels
  • Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Chronic Liver Disease
  • COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Chronic Lung Disease
  • Diabetes (Type 1 & 2)
  • Down Syndrome
  • Heart Conditions (such as Heart Failure, Coronary Artery Disease or Cardiomyopathies)
  • High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)
  • Neurologic Conditions (such as Dementia)
  • Pulmonary Fibrosis
  • Sickle Cell Disease
  • Thalassemia
  • Weakened Immune System due to Solid Organ Transplant (kidney, liver, pancreas, heart, or lung)
  • Weakened Immune System from Blood or Bone Marrow Transplant, HIV, using Steroid or Other Medications

Vaccines at Pharmacies

Use the online scheduling tools, they are unable to make an appointment over the phone.  Vaccine allocation varies by week, keep checking their website for appointment availability.

Select Hy-Vee pharmacies have limited supplies of COVID-19 vaccines, appointments must be made online, appointments can not be made by phone calls to the pharmacy. Click here to check availability and schedule an appointment.

Select Walmart pharmacies have COVID-19 vaccine available.  Click here to schedule an appointment online.

Vaccine Finder

Search for locations near you using Vaccine Finder.  Note that not all facilities participate in this tool.  Click here to use Vaccine Finder.

The CDC and the South Dakota and Nebraska Departments of Health are currently managing the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine.

At this time, Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. locations do not have a supply of the COVID-19 vaccine to distribute to patients. Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. does not know when we will receive the vaccine. We do not have a waiting list and are not taking appointments for COVID vaccines at this time.

Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. does encourage eligible recipients to receive the vaccine once it becomes available. Please continue to watch our social media pages, website and other media outlets for updates on when and where you can receive the vaccine.

South Dakota Department of Health – When Can I get Vaccinated Tool

COVID-19-Vaccine-Phase-1A-Allocation – Nebraska

Yankton Medical Clinic P.C. is recommending all eligible patients receive the vaccine as it becomes readily available. While masking and social distancing are important getting many individuals vaccinated is the only way to get this virus under control. The more people who receive the vaccine, the more lives will be saved, and the closer we are to ending this pandemic.

The vaccine will only be administered to individuals for whom the vaccine has been shown to be safe and effective. Currently, those individuals are ages 16 and older. The vaccine has not been trialed in children yet so at this time children will not be vaccinated.

Check out this infographic of the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine.

All vaccine allocation is based on The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the South Dakota Department of Health guidance. Due to a limited supply of the vaccine, not everyone will be able to get vaccinated right away.

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) has recommended all health care workers and long-term care residents receive the initial doses of vaccine. In the weeks to months following, more COVID-19 vaccines will become available with the goal for everyone to have easy access to the COVID-19 vaccine.

Age recommendations for each vaccine:

Moderna – 18+ years of age

Pfizer – 16+ years of age

Johnson/Johnson – 18+ years of age

While some may have concerns about receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, it is important to understand that routine processes and procedures have been followed and remain in place to ensure the safety and efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccines went through large trials and have undergone review through two independent advisory committees – the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the ACIP – to ensure the safety and efficacy of the vaccine.

The biggest part of the COVID-19 vaccine process that was “rushed” was the ramping up of vaccine production by the pharmaceutical companies. Pharmaceutical companies usually wait for full approval from the FDA before starting to manufacture a vaccine. The hold on production until approval is to avoid wasting money and resources should a vaccine not be approved. In the case of COVID-19, the government has funded pharmaceutical companies so that production could begin at the same time studies were being conducted. This did not change the vaccine product itself.

The emergency use authorization (EUA) approval is based on a shorter follow-up than normal. Most vaccine side effects are immediate short-term reactions such as muscle aches. Long term effects from a vaccine are very rare and there is no reason to think that would happen with the COVID-19 vaccine.

Data on the COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer and Moderna is showing 95% effectivity.  Janssen/J&J single-dose vaccine has shown to be 63.3% effective in clinical trials.

The most common side effects that have been seen are temporary and mild to moderate. Some side effects include fatigue, headache and muscle aches. Only a small percentage of individuals will have these symptoms.

  • Symptoms like these are the body’s immune response and indicate your body is working to build immunity.
  • There have not been reports of any serious side effects, although there is always a slight risk with any vaccine.

Because side effects are mild and temporary it is recommended to receive the vaccine towards the end of a workday and/or prior to a day off.

No, there is not a consent form for the COVID-19 vaccine. Making an appointment to receive the vaccine shows you are consenting.

You will also receive the EUA fact sheet and other education which will provide side effects, contraindications, and what to do if you have a reaction.

There are two COVID-19 vaccines that are 2-dose series and are not interchangeable. A booster must be from the same manufacturer, so it is important to make an appointment for the second dose while getting the first dose.

Johnson/Johnson/Janssen has been approved for a single-dose vaccine.

During COVID-19 vaccine trials, participants did not test positive for COVID-19 after receiving the vaccine, so it should not impact the results of a diagnostic test. Since the vaccine builds antibodies the results of your COVID-19 antibody test may be positive.

Yankton Medical Clinic P.C. is recommending the COVID-19 vaccine for all eligible persons when available. According to the CDC, there is not enough research available to indicate how long after an infection someone is protected (through natural immunity) from getting COVID-19 again.

The cost of the vaccination is covered by government programs. The provider may charge an administration fee which may be covered by private insurance or government programs.

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