ELK POINT, SD (KCAU) – With South Dakota health officials opening COVID-19 vaccinations to Group 1E, Avera Health has launched online appointments for the public.
Group 1E includes fire service personnel and other critical infrastructure workers in the following areas:
- Water and wastewater
- Food service
- Food and agriculture
- Shelter and accommodation
- Transport and logistics
- Computer science
Residents of South Dakota who wish to be vaccinated may Click here and click on the online form to register for a vaccination appointment.
The hospital said there is a chat feature in English and Spanish to help people determine if they are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.
After answering the screening questions to make sure you are eligible for the vaccine, you select your community and see the available appointment times, which will indicate the vaccine manufacturer.
Health officials said there was high demand for vaccines in some locations and if no appointment times were posted, all appointments had been filled.
Avera is asking people to check back later, as more appointments will be added as vaccine allocations are received and there are no out-of-pocket expenses for the vaccines.
âAvera operates immunization clinics in many communities in South Dakota, and we have designed our website to match eligible people with available vaccine appointments. If you cannot find an available appointment, please try again as demand is currently high, âsaid David Basel, MD, vice president of Avera Medical Group Quality.
People in groups 1A-1D can also register for vaccination appointments if they have not yet been vaccinated. These groups include the following:
- Health and EMS workers
- Law enforcement
- People 65 and over
- People with underlying health problems
- Teachers or staff of a school or college
- High-risk residents in collective living environments
- Funeral service employees
Health officials have said people need to be vaccinated in the state they live or work in. In South Dakota, Avera and other health systems are partnering with the state of South Dakota to distribute vaccines.
If you live out of state, Avera said to check your state’s COVID vaccine website to learn more about planning for immunization in Iowa, Minnesota, or Nebraska.
âWe encourage people to consider all of the options in your community and / or county and to get you vaccinated as soon as it is available to you. All approved vaccines have been shown to be safe and effective, âsaid Basel.