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COVID-19 Vaccine

How and When Can I Receive the COVID-19 Vaccine?

At Coteau des Prairies (CDP) Health Care System, we are working closely with the South Dakota Department of Health to help ensure you get vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as possible.

Because supplies are limited, vaccines are distributed based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and each state’s department of health.

As we move to the next priority group in Phase I, check here for the latest update and timing of vaccine distribution and watch for the latest updates on this page:

New Process to Sign up for the COVID-19 Vaccine Waitlist!

You can now register online to be placed on the COVID-19 Vaccine Waitlist where it’s faster and more convenient!

Coteau des Prairies Health Care is teaming up with Sanford Health‚ so now getting on the COVID-19 vaccine waiting list is easier than ever! Simply register at Sanford Health: Health Lives Here which makes it easier for all of our patients to sign up—regardless of the state or counties they live in. Once you’ve completed the form you’ll be added to our waitlist!

If you have questions about accessing the online site, please call Sisseton Clinic at 605-698-7681.

If you’ve already called the CDP Health Sisseton Clinic to be placed on the waiting list, you don’t need to register again. For all who register, we will contact you when we have a vaccine dose for you.

Please note:

Anyone older than 12-years-old is welcome to sign up online!

We will currently open to vaccinating those age 12 and over. We appreciate that you are eager to better protect yourself—and others—from the COVID-19 virus.

When can I receive the COVID-19 vaccine?

As the supply of vaccines increases and based upon your priority group, CDP Health Care will offer appointments to more patients, dependent upon the number of doses available. Once received, we will continue to disburse vaccines as quickly as possible. We’re confident that all those in our community who want to be vaccinated and are eligible to receive the vaccine (no vaccines have yet been authorized for children under age 16) will be able to do so.

Each state has a unique distribution plan. Learn more about your state below.

We’re following the guidance of the CDC and each state’s department of health to administer vaccines to priority groups once supplies are available.

COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs

Why is it so important to get the COVID-19 vaccine?

As we’ve all seen, COVID-19 can cause serious illness or even death. While there is no way to know how COVID-19 will affect you, if you get sick, you could spread the disease to friends, family, and others around you. All COVID-19 vaccines currently available in the United States have been shown to be highly effective at preventing COVID-19 disease. Even if you still get infected after you get vaccinated, the vaccine may prevent serious illness.

Who should not be vaccinated?

While the majority of people should get the COVID-19 vaccine, these groups should NOT be vaccinated:

  • Children under the age of 12 (Pfizer) or 18 (Moderna) will not yet be given the vaccine.
  • People who have had:
    • An immediate allergic reaction of any severity to an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine or any of its components, including polyethylene glycol (PEG).
    • An immediate allergic reaction of any severity to polysorbate.
    • A severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) to the first dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine should not receive additional doses of either of the mRNA COVID-19 vaccines.

Learn more about the risks and considerations of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe?

Before any vaccine receives approval for widespread use, it must be supported by research data that shows it is safe and effective for patients. Vaccines approved for emergency use have undergone rigorous testing as directed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ensure safety and effectiveness. It’s also important to know that you cannot develop COVID-19 from these vaccines.

What if I already had COVID-19, do I still need to get vaccinated?

You can become infected more than once, so it’s important to be vaccinated even if you’ve had COVID-19. While you may have some short-term immunity after recovering from COVID-19, we don’t know how long this protection will last. That’s why vaccination is the best protection. If you have had COVID-19, ask your doctor or nurse when you should be vaccinated.

What will happen at my vaccine appointment?

After you are vaccinated, you will be observed on-site for 15 minutes. During this time:

  • We will schedule an appointment for your second dose. It is important that you receive both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine in order to get the maximum benefit.
  • You will be given a:
    • Vaccine card that tells you which COVID-19 vaccine you received, the date you received it and where you received it.
    • Fact sheet that tells you more about the specific COVID-19 vaccine you received. Each COVID-19 vaccine has its own fact sheet to help you understand the risks and benefits of being vaccinated.
    • V-safe information sheet. V-safe is a free smartphone-based tool that uses text messaging and web surveys to provide personalized health check-ins after you receive a COVID-19 vaccination. It also reminds you to get your second dose. Learn more about V-safe.

Will the vaccine make me sick?

While some people might have injection site pain, get sore muscles, feel tired, or have a mild fever after getting the vaccine, these side effects typically don’t last longer than a few days. These reactions mean the vaccine is working to help teach your body how to fight COVID-19, if you are exposed. If you have any concerns, call your doctor or nurse.

Learn More About Potential Vaccine Side Effects

How long does it take for the vaccine to start working?

It takes a few weeks after vaccination for your body to build up antibodies to protect you from the virus. That means it’s possible you could be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 just before or just after getting the vaccine and still get sick.

Is the vaccine free?

Yes. The federal government is providing the vaccine free of charge to anyone who lives in the United States.

Where can I get updates about distribution of the vaccine in our area?

We will continue to provide updates on this exciting advancement to protect our community from COVID-19, so be sure to check back often. The latest information is also available on the South Dakota Health Department website (,

but if you have questions, we are here for you. Please direct calls to our Sisseton Clinic during regular business hours, Monday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at 605-698-7681.