There is about to be a third COVID-19 vaccine option available in South Dakota.

Dakota News Now is reporting that the state is expecting to receive 7,000 doses of the new Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine this week, which will bring South Dakota's total allotment to just over 25,000 doses per week.

The latest vaccine offers something the existing Pfizer and Moderna treatments don't - a one-shot application.

Johnson & Johnson received emergency authorization from the Food & Drug Administration over the weekend (February 27) and the South Dakota Department of Health is in the process of devising a plan for distribution across the state.

In clinical trials, the new vaccine proved to be 67% effective in preventing moderate to severe/critical COVID-19 for at least 14 days after treatment. It was 77% effective in preventing moderate to severe/critical COVID-19 for up to 28 days, and 85% effective in preventing severe/critical COVID-19 occurring after 28 days.

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Currently, the state is in the first part of Phase 1D of vaccine distribution in the state to the following groups of people:

  • Age 65 Years and Older
  • High-Risk Patients - dialysis, post-transplant, and active cancer
  • High-Risk Residents in Congregate Settings, Residents in Licensed
    Independent Living Facilities, and Residents of Licensed Group Homes

The second part of Phase 1D will soon be expanded to include:

  • Persons with underlying medical conditions under the age of 65
  • Teachers and Other School/College Staff
  • Funeral Service Workers

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