SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Anyone in South Dakota over 16 years of age will be eligible for a vaccination against COVID-19 starting next week.
Gov. Kristi Noem's announcement came amid a recent uptick in cases statewide.
But state health officials also reported that 42% of people have received at least one dose of a vaccine, and about 65% those people have completed vaccination, which requires two shots in most cases.
President Joe Biden and top health officials are warning that despite vaccines becoming widely available, Americans are declaring victory over the pandemic too early and letting their guard down against stopping infections.