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Vaccines delayed for children under five as omicron loosens grip

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

Approval for COVID vaccines in younger children has been delayed.

Dr. Jeremy Cauwels is Sanford Health's chief physician. He says the delay doesn't make him all that concerned.

"There is still the possibility of post-COVID, but for most kids, this is a cold," says Jeremy Cauwels. "That being said, the same things that we have been doing for the last two years to keep your young one safe are still the same things you can keep doing now."

The number of South Dakotans infected and hospitalized with COVID-19 continues to fall.

The state Health Department reports there are about 11,000 people actively infected with the disease, and 249 people are still hospitalized with the disease.

The state also reports no new deaths with COVID, leaving the state’s toll at 2,742.

Updated: February 15, 2022 at 10:39 AM CST
This link was updated to include Department of Health COVID data on February 15th.