Vaccinations in South Dakota have opened to anyone age 16 and over and Avera has launched online appointments.

South Dakota residents seeking vaccination can now go to Avera.org/covid-vaccine and click on the online form to sign up for a vaccine appointment. There is also a chat feature in English and Spanish to assist site visitors.

After answering screening questions to ensure you qualify for the vaccine, you select your community and can see available appointment times. Available vaccine appointments will indicate the manufacturer of the vaccine. It’s important to note that only the Pfizer vaccine is approved for people ages 16-17.

Please note there is high demand for vaccines at some locations. If no appointment times display, all appointments have been filled. Please check back later, as additional appointments will be added as vaccine allocations are received. There is no out-of-pocket cost for vaccines.

People in groups 1A-1E can also sign up for vaccine appointments if they have not yet been vaccinated.

These groups include health care and EMS workers, law enforcement, people age 65 and older, people with underlying medical conditions, school or college teachers or staff, high-risk residents in congregate living environments, funeral service workers and essential infrastructure workers.

People need to be vaccinated in the state in which they live or work.

In South Dakota, Avera and other health systems are partnering with the State of South Dakota to distribute vaccine.

If you live outside South Dakota, check your state’s COVID vaccine website to learn about scheduling vaccination in Nebraska, Iowa or Minnesota.

“Avera is operating vaccine clinics in numerous communities across South Dakota, and we’ve designed our website to match people who qualify with available vaccine appointments. If you don’t find an available appointment, please try back again, because demand currently is high,” said David Basel, MD, Vice President of Avera Medical Group Quality.

“We encourage people to look into all options in your community and/or county and get the vaccine as soon as it is available to you. All approved vaccines are proven to be safe and effective,” Basel said.