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COVID-19 Vaccine

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s approval of COVID-19 vaccines is encouraging news as continue to work at turning the corner on the COVID-19 pandemic. It is expected the pandemic will continue for several more months and South Dakota State University is committed to remaining vigilant in following the guidance and policies of wearing masks, social distancing, washing hands, monitoring for symptoms and staying home when sick.

Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Available On-Campus for Students

SDSU Student Health Clinic and Counseling Services, which is located at the Miller Wellness Center, is offering students the one-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.

All students may receive the vaccine regardless of insurance status. The clinic will bill your insurance company for the cost of administration. There will be no out of pocket payment due.

Appointments will be available during regular clinic hours:

  • Monday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Tuesday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Please sign up for an appointment through the student health portal.

Information about the J&J vaccine is available on the CDC website.

Please note that there is the possibility of certain minor side effects, including tiredness and other flu-like symptoms. As we enter finals week, please consider timing when deciding the best time to receive a vaccine.

Should you have any questions regarding this opportunity, or want to schedule by contacting a staff member, please call the clinic at 688-4157.

How safe and effective is the COVID-19 vaccine?

According to the CDC, COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective.

COVID-19 vaccines were evaluated in tens of thousands of participants in clinical trials. The vaccines met FDA’s rigorous scientific standards for safety, effectiveness, and manufacturing quality needed to support emergency use authorization (EUA). 

Vaccines are Safe! Learn More.

Safety of Vaccines (CDC)

CDC Q&A on Vaccine Safety

COVID-19 Vaccine Safety (Video)

COVID-19 Vaccine Efficacy (Video)

Who can get a COVID-19 vaccine?

The CDC makes recommendations for who should get the vaccine first, then each state makes its own plan.

The SD Dept. of Health put together a comprehensive plan to offer vaccines to all South Dakotans who want it. It is offered in phases to cover priority groups, such as healthcare workers and those most at risk from COVID-19, first. Once one phase or sub-phase is completed, vaccinations will be offered to the next eligible group.

Underlying Medical Conditions (SD Dept. of Health)

Find out which phase of the South Dakota vaccination plan you fall in.

Where can I get a COVID-19 vaccine?

The South Dakota Department of Health has established a map with vaccine providers for each county. Please refer to the chart to identify your vaccine provider.

SD Vaccine Provider Map

Brookings Area Providers:
Brookings Health System
Brothers Pharmacy
Hy-Vee Pharmacy
Lewis Drug
Walmart Pharmacy

Brookings COVID-19 Vaccine Centers:
Location: Swiftel Center, Brookings, SD
Dates: April 15 and 22, 2021
Times: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Please review the Brookings COVID-19 Vaccine Centers Announcement for appointment information.

Vaccine Finder (United States)


Information from the CDC

View important COVID-19 vaccine related  information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Frequently Asked Questions

Pandemic Vaccine Program Distribution, Tracking, and Monitoring (CDC)

Media Statement on Pfizer Vaccine

CDC COVID-19 Vaccinations Tracker

Visit the CDC site

Information from the SD Dept. of Health

View important COVID-19 vaccine related  information from the South Dakota Department of Health.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions

COVID-19 Vaccine Providers

Vaccine Distribution Dashboard

Visit The SD Dept. of Health Site

Additional Information

Let's Get Back What we Miss Most

South Dakota Department of Health Vaccine Video

What is herd immunity and how do vaccines help?

COVID-19 Vaccines (U.S. Food & Drug Administration)

COVID-19 Vaccine Q&A (from CDC and SD DOH)

Brookings County Update (updated Feb. 4, 2021)

Vaccine Volunteer Form - Sign up to help with COVID-19 vaccination in your area.

Visit the FDA Site



Guidance for those that are fully vaccinated

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued its first set of recommendations on activities that people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can safely resume.

The new guidance includes recommendations for how and when a fully vaccinated individual can visit with other people who are fully vaccinated and with other people who are not vaccinated. This guidance represents a first step toward returning to everyday activities in our communities. CDC will update these recommendations as more people are vaccinated, rates of COVID-19 in the community change and additional scientific evidence becomes available.

CDC Issues First Set of Guidelines on How Fully Vaccinated People Can Visit Safely with Others (News Article)

Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People

What Can You Do Once You Have Been Fully Vaccinated? (PDF from the CDC)