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Posted on: February 5, 2021

PRESS RELEASE: Brookings County - Phase 1D Vaccination Plan

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Brookings, S.D. – The following information was provided to the City of Brookings by the Brookings Health System:

Starting Monday, Feb. 8, the South Dakota Department of Health is lowering the age bracket for people in Phase 1d eligible to receive the vaccine. This updates the 1d eligible individuals to include: 

  • Individuals 75+ years of age
  • High-risk individuals, including those who have 2+ underlying medical conditions
  • People who live in a congregate setting

To get vaccines in arms as quickly as possible, Brookings Health System is still partnering with Sanford Clinic Brookings and Avera Medical Group Brookings to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine to qualifying Brookings County residents following the South Dakota Department of Health’s Plan:

 Starting the week of Feb. 8, newly qualified Brookings County residents will be contacted by their primary care clinic if they meet one of the following criteria:

  • 75+ years of age
  • High-risk individual

Brookings Health System continues to work directly with congregate living settings to vaccinate residents.

Brookings County residents who qualify for the currently updated Phase 1d selection and are not a patient at Avera Medical Group Brookings or Sanford Clinic Brookings may join the vaccine waiting list at 

Please note: Vaccine allocations are still arriving in limited increments and have a limited shelf life. As such, not everyone who is within each group approved by the Department of Health will be contacted at the same time. The local clinics are starting with the oldest and sickest individuals first. Individuals will receive a phone call when a vaccine dose is available for their turn. We appreciate your patience and understanding. 

Retail pharmacies: The Federal Government has stated it will start shipping COVID vaccines to retail pharmacies starting the week of Feb. 8. While local pharmacies are included in that program, further details regarding vaccine distribution from pharmacies are not known at this time. 

 More information about vaccines for Brookings County, including the number of doses arriving weekly, can be found at

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