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SDSMA Urges All Eligible South Dakotans to Get Vaccinated

In communities with low vaccination rates, the virus can circulate more prominently. The large majority of new COVID-19 deaths and hospitalizations are people who aren't vaccinated. COVID-19 vaccination offers the greatest protection against becoming infected with the virus, including the Delta variant, and from developing severe illness. More people need to get vaccinated to prevent surges in new infections. When we have pools of unvaccinated people, the virus continues to have opportunities to evolve.

COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. The vaccine protects against the Delta variant. Everyone age 5 and older is eligible to get vaccinated. Doctors recommend getting vaccinated as soon as possible. If you have questions, talk with your doctor.

Vaccines train our immune system to recognize the COVID-19 virus and make cells to fight the virus. COVID-19 vaccines being used in the U.S. meet the Food and Drug Administration's rigorous standards for safety and effectiveness. Millions of COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in the U.S. since December 2020, and billions worldwide. Today's success with the mRNA vaccines against COVID-19 comes from decades of research that came before it.

A 'breakthrough' case means a vaccinated person tested positive for the virus. It's important to remember that breakthrough cases are uncommon, and the rate of severe breakthrough illness is exceedingly low. Vaccinated people can spread the virus if they get a breakthrough infection, but the odds of them getting sick in the first place is far lower than those who are unvaccinated. Even in the circumstance that a vaccinated person becomes infected with the virus, your chance of getting severely ill is extremely low.

Many people who are considered "recovered" from COVID-19 still deal with "long COVID," or post-COVID conditions that linger for weeks or months beyond infection, and in some people, more than a year. These conditions can include difficulty breathing and shortness of breath, tiredness and fatigue, headaches, chest or stomach pain. Other lasting effects include heart, lung, kidney, skin and brain functions. Unvaccinated people are at risk of contracting the virus and dealing with these potential complications of long COVID.

It is normal to have questions and we urge people to talk with their doctor. Find a vaccine near you: Search http://vaccines.gov ✅ Text your ZIP code to 438829 ✅ Call 1-800-232-0233

CDC Recommendations

CDC guidelines recommend that in certain settings, based on level of spread, masks should be worn in indoor public spaces regardless of the person's vaccination status. This is based on the level of spread in your county. The new CDC recommendations relate to face coverings in indoors settings and face coverings for school age children:

1) CDC recommends masking indoors regardless of vaccination status; and

2) CDC recommends K-12 students wear face

coverings in schools regardless of vaccination status.

Click here to check your county. If the spread in your county is listed as 'substantial' or 'high', the indoor mask recommendations in public settings would apply for everyone regardless of vaccination status. Greater than 8 percent positivity or 50 cases per 100,000 population is considered 'substantial spread.'

South Dakota State Medical Association
2600 W 49th St Ste 100
Sioux Falls, SD 57105
Phone: 605.336.1965 | Fax: 605.274.3274

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