Clinics are now accepting appointments
for all ages for your initial doses as well as booster shots
for all community members.
The HRMC Physicians Clinic is now scheduling appointments for Moderna boosters (first and second) for community members aged 18 and older and your initial doses of the vaccine for ages 5+.
Booster: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized a single booster dose of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for all individuals aged 18 or older at least six months after receiving the initial two-dose series or two months after receiving the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
Second Booster: On March 29, 2022, CDC updated its recommendations to allow certain immunocompromised individuals and people over the age of 50 who received an initial booster dose at least 4 months ago to be eligible for another mRNA booster to increase their protection against severe disease from COVID-19. In addition, adults who received a primary vaccine and booster dose of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 vaccine at least 4 months ago may now receive a second booster dose using an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine.
These updated recommendations acknowledge the increased risk of severe disease in certain populations including those who are elderly or over the age of 50 with multiple underlying conditions, along with the currently available data on vaccine and booster effectiveness.
To schedule an appointment for a Moderna booster dose, call the HRMC Physicians Clinic at 605-353-7660. Please bring your vaccination card to your appointment.
Already fully vaccinated?
Click below to find out additional information from the SD Dept. of Health regarding full vaccination.
What Fully Vaccinated People Need to Know | CDC Reccomendations
(*last updated 09/14/2022)
What if I need to get tested?
There are several options for testing. Community members can call their primary care provider to arrange a clinic visit to be tested. If you do not have a primary care provider you may contact Horizon Healthcare or Quick Care to arrange a clinic visit. Please be advised that there will be a clinic visit charge. It is important to call ahead in order to protect clinic staff and other patients from possible COVID-19 exposure. (NOTE: COVID-19 testting is not performed at the hospital, unless you have a doctor's order for pre-op COVID-19 testing or are showing signs and symptoms. In that case, you will be registered as an ER patient.)
HRMC has FREE at-home tests available, which are part of the South Dakota Department of Health's statewide distribution. These COVID-19 antigen tests can be done at home in as little as 15 minutes using the provided step-by-step instruction guide included. If you receive a positive result, you do not need confirmation through your healthcare provider. These tests are available to patients visiting the HRMC Physicians Clinic. HRMC Receives At-Home Kits from State Department of Health
You can also request an at-home COVID-19 test FREE of charge from the South Dakota Department of Health. Once you recieve the test, you will get results 24-48 hours after the sample arrives at the lab.
Based on the severity of your symptoms, your provider may ask you to stay home and isolate yourself. Please follow these recommendations from the CDC.
COVID-19 Vaccination FAQ
What if I'm pregnant?
People who are pregnant can still get the COVID-19 vaccine and is also safe for those who want to have a baby one day. For more visit the COVID-19 Vaccines and Pregnancy information page.
When will I be able to get vaccinated?
All groups are now eligible to recieve the vaccine, ages 5 and older.
Will I need two doses?
The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines that are on the market require two doses to be effective, the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine requires one dose. Want to learn more about the differences in vaccines? Visit our Comparing COVID-19 Vaccines page.
Can I get COVID-19 from the vaccine?
No. None of the COVID-19 vaccines currently available use the live virus that causes COVID-19. However, an individual could experience symptoms, such as fever, after getting the vaccine as the body builds immunity. It typically takes a few weeks for the body to build immunity after vaccination. That means it is possible that a person could be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 just before or after vaccination and get sick as the vaccine has not had enough time to provide protection.
What are the side effects?
Typical side effects may include some soreness and/or redness at the injection site, low grade fever, headache, muscle pain, chills or nausea. .
Now that there is a vaccine available, do we still need to follow current guidelines?
Yes. The best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is by wearing a mask, social distancing and washing your hands frequently. We must stay dilligent until there is enough vaccine available to the public. Continue to follow CDC Guidelines.
Visit the South Dakota Department of Health FAQ page for additonal information.