At Prairie Lakes Healthcare System, our mission is to make a positive difference in the health of the patients and communities we serve. We encourage those who are eligible to receive a COVID vaccine. All COVID vaccines are carefully evaluated in clinical trials and are authorized or approved only if they make it substantially less likely you will get COVID. Vaccination will help protect you by creating an antibody (immune system) response without having to experience sickness.
The South Dakota Department of Health determined South Dakotans ages 16 and older may receive a vaccine. Please note to receive the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine you must be at least 18 years old.
- Vaccine Benefits
- Why getting vaccinated will help stop the pandemic
- Information for People with Allergies
- Information for People Breastfeeding or Pregnant
- Information for People with Underlying Medical Conditions
Getting a Vaccine
We encourage you to contact your primary care provider regarding an appointment for the vaccine. There are other appointment opportunities available as well, such as pharmacies. Watertown pharmacies offering COVID vaccines: HyVee, Walgreens, and Walmart.
Walk-in events will be held on Thursday, May 6 and Thursday, May 13. South Dakota residents ages 18 and older may walk in for a Moderna or Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine. Everyone who receives their first dose of Moderna will automatically be signed up to receive their second dose 28 days later at Prairie Lakes Healthcare System.
- Walk-in Dates: Thursday, May 6 and Thursday, May 13
- Time: 7:00 – 9:00 a.m.
- Location: Codington County Extension Complex
- Cost: Free
- Eligibility: South Dakota residents ages 18 and older
- To save time, print and complete consent paperwork beforehand:
- Johnson & Johnson Vaccine: pdf J & J COVID Vaccine Consent Form (434 KB)
- Moderna Vaccine: pdf PLHS COVID Vaccination Packet Moderna (695 KB)
Timeline for the Vaccine to "Work"
COVID-19 vaccines teach our immune systems how to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19. It typically takes two weeks after vaccination for the body to build protection (immunity). People are considered fully protected two weeks after their second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, or two weeks after the single-dose Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 vaccine.