SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The COVID-19 vaccination campaign in South Dakota has slowed to a crawl, according to the weekly pandemic data update posted by the state Department of Health on Wednesday, July 14.

Just over half of those in the state eligible for a vaccine — those age 12 and older — have gotten at least one shot, according to department data, equaling 57.4% of the state's population, up only three-tenths of a percent over the past week. Those fully vaccinated make up just 53.3% of the state's eligible population, up only two-fifths of a percent in the last week.

The total fully vaccinated has climbed just under 2 percentage points over the past 30 days.

State health officials have said they were aiming for 70% of eligible South Dakotans to get vaccinated. At the current slow vaccination rate, that goal won't be achieved by the end of the year.

Vaccinations have already forced COVID-19 into retreat in South Dakota, and health experts have said increasing the number of those vaccinated in the state will help further limit the spread of the virus, especially with new, worse variants of the virus increasingly an issue.

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The state continues to average around 100 new reported COVID-19 cases each week over the past few months. In the past week, the state's death toll climbed to 2,040, with an additional fatality reported. There are now 11 known cases of the delta variant of COVID-19, up from three a week ago. The state confirmed the first known case of the more transmissible and dangerous variant on June 30.

The following weekly summary of South Dakota cases, deaths, hospitalizations and vaccinations are for the seven days ending Wednesday, July 14, based on data collected from the South Dakota Department of Health:

Statewide COVID-19 weekly summary

  • TOTAL CASES: 124,750 (+109)
  • TOTAL HOSPITALIZATIONS: 6,487 (-262)*
  • TOTAL RECOVERED: 122,502 (+78)

  • TOTAL DEATHS: 2,040 (+1)

  • VACCINATION PERCENTAGE (ONE-SHOT): 57.4 (+0.3%)

  • VACCINATION PERCENTAGE (SERIES COMPLETE): 53.3% (+0.4%)

Vaccination percentages include vaccines given to South Dakota residents through both state and federal programs, including through the Indian Health Service and the Department of Veterans Affairs, per the state Department of Health. The percentages are of eligible South Dakotans, those age 12 and older.

*According to the state Department of Health, the number of total hospitalizations has dropped in the past month as the department's data integrity processes have reclassified some counted hospitalizations as not actually due to COVID-19. Total hospitalizations have fallen 1,101, from a peak of 7,588 on May 28 to 6,487 hospitalizations reported Wednesday.

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