Vaccinations begin for 12- to 15-year-olds in South Dakota

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FILE – In this March 19, 2021, file photo, a nurse fills a syringe with COVID-19 vaccine at a mass vaccination site in Kansas City, Mo. States across the country are dramatically scaling back their COVID-19 vaccine orders as interest in the shots wanes, putting the goal of herd immunity further out of reach. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner, File)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — U.S. Census data shows there are more than 48,000 young people who are now eligible for the coronavirus vaccine in South Dakota.

The state Department of Health has announced that adolescents between the ages of 12 and 15 can receive the Pfizer vaccine, the Argus Leader reported.

The announcement came after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday authorized the emergency use of the Pfizer vaccine for that age group.

South Dakota health officials say half the state’s adult population is fully vaccinated against COVID-19. That’s more than 304,000 people.

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