Issue: When given the chance, get the vaccine


Editorial Board

The South Dakota Department of Health announced March 10 that vaccine distribution would include everyone in “priority group 1D,” which includes university staff and students living in congregate settings. 

In plain English, that means it’s most likely time for you to get vaccinated. Whether you work full time or part time, for food services, residential life or anywhere else on campus, you are now eligible. Live in the residential halls? You are eligible. 

The prospect of vaccinations for those of us on campus is exciting and we cannot stress the importance of getting vaccinated, both for the safety of yourself and others, as well as the chance to return to normal. 

If your plan was to wait your turn for the vaccination, it’s time. The Department of Health opening up priority group 1D means it is now your turn. 

Increasing the number of students who are vaccinated not only makes our campus safer, but moves us closer to returning to normal. 

A common myth surrounding the vaccination is that individuals who have already had COVID-19 do not need to get the vaccination. According to the SDDOH, it is still important to get vaccinated, as the data is not clear on how long someone is protected after having the disease.  

While there are some temporary side effects to the vaccination, it’s worth it for the chance at a normal fall semester, that we can look forward to.  

Now that it’s our time to get vaccinated, let’s do it. 

Local vaccination providers include: Brookings Health System, Brothers Pharmacy, Hy-Vee Pharmacy, Lewis Drug and Walmart Pharmacy. More information can be found at 

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