Health care system doctors ask for patience from the public regarding COVID-19 vaccines

Coronavirus

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — The City of Sioux Falls is providing an update on the spread of COVID-19 in the city on Monday.

Sioux Falls Mayor Paul TenHaken started the meeting by saying COVID-19 updates will soon move to bi-weekly, effective next week.

TenHaken says the area hasn’t seen much of a surge of COVID-19 cases following the holidays. He says the hospitalizations have trended down to around 80 between both health care systems.

“‘Patience’ is the word to keep in mind when it comes to the COVID-19 vaccine,” TenHaken said.

Dr. Mike Wilde, Vice President Medical Officer, at Sanford University and Medical Center says the health care system is increasing testing while assessing how various treatments are helping patients.

Dr. Wilde says Sanford is working through the vaccination plan from the state of South Dakota. He says when it becomes time for patients to start getting the vaccine, the information will be on MyChart along with in the media and on social media.

Dr. Wilde thanked health care workers for helping with the vaccination process and caring for patients. He thanked those working the frontlines of the pandemic, along with partners at the city and the public in general.

Dr. David Basel, Vice President for Clinical Quality, at Avera Medical Group says officials at Avera haven’t seen a dreaded increase from the holidays. But he notes, we aren’t seeing a decrease in COVID-19 cases either.

Dr. Basel also asked for patience and grace as health care systems work through the vaccination plans to get first responders protected. He notes there are a large number of people in the next group and the state is only getting 11,000 doses of vaccine each week at this point. Basel says health care providers want to get the vaccine in arms as soon as possible, but it will take time. He says AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson vaccines will be up for Emergency Use Authorization in the coming months, which he says will help speed up the vaccination process.

Both doctors say health care systems needed help to mitigate COVID-19 in November and the public stepped up. They also say that needs to continue, particularly as cases are up across other parts of the country.

Dr. Wilde said the current vaccines out there do appear to be effective against the two additional strains.


Keep reading

Your Guide To
Coronavirus

KELOLAND News is covering the COVID-19 pandemic. This is your guide to everything you need to know to prepare. We also have the latest stories from across the globe feeding into this page.

LATEST STORIES

  • Despite IRS warning, stimulus checks and debit cards cause confusion
    Despite the Internal Revenue Service urging people earlier this month to keep a careful eye on their mailboxes for the plain, white envelope holding their COVID relief payment, it appears some people are still mistaking them for junk mail.
  • Broadcasting giant Larry King dies at 87
    LOS ANGELES (Associated Press) — Larry King, who interviewed presidents, movie stars and ordinary Joes during a half-century in broadcasting, has died at age 87. Ora Media, the studio and network he co-founded, tweeted that King died […]
  • Storm Center AM Update – Saturday, January 23
    Wintry weather is on the way as we go into the start of the weekend, especially the further south and east you go. Winter weather advisories are in place along I-90 rom Chamberlain to Worthington and on […]

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Continuing The Conversation
See Full Weather Forecast

Trending Stories

Don't Miss!

More Don't Miss
More Contests

Your Guide To
Coronavirus

KELOLAND News is covering the Coronavirus outbreak. We have created a guide to everything you need to know to prepare. We also have the latest stories from across the globe feeding into this page.