Officials with Avera Sacred Heart Hospital have announced the first administrations of COVID 19 vaccine to frontline healthcare workers in the Yankton community.
Vice-President of Avera Medical Group Quality Dr. David Basel says a huge death toll would be needed in order to achieve the level of herd immunity that the vaccine can provide without that number of illnesses and deaths.
Basel says the COVID 19 vaccine provides the best hope for society returning to pre-coronavirus conditions.
Basel says the COVID 19 vaccine is both safe and effective for people who have already contracted the coronavirus.
Basel says COVID 19 vaccines are showing effectiveness levels as high as 95 percent with side effects that are generally mild and temporary, such as headache, fatigue, mild fever and pain at the injection site.