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Children ages 5 to 11 could soon be eligible for COVID vaccination

Dr. Shankar Kurra
SDPB
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Dr. Shankar Kurra in SDPB's Rapid City Studio.

This interview is from SDPB's daily public-affairs show, In the Moment, hosted by Lori Walsh.

State health officials report about 5,500 active coronavirus infections in South Dakota and 205 people hospitalized.

Six new deaths bring the state’s COVID-19 death toll to 2,241.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will soon weigh in on Pfizer's vaccine for children ages 5 to 11. If final approval is given, vaccines for this age group could be available within days.

Doctor Shankar Kurra is vice-president of medical affairs at Monument Health in Rapid City.

“Supplies are plenty. It’s just going to be a matter of when you get the clearance to give it. And we are fully prepared at Monument Health to make sure we can give that to that age group.”

About 32 percent of South Dakotans 12 and older still have not received a first vaccine dose.