South Dakota State Epidemiologist Dr Joshua Clayton confirmed in a conference call on Wednesday that two individuals have died after receiving doses of the coronavirus vaccine.
One death was in Pennington County and the other in Hutchinson County.
Clayton and other health officials are emphasizing there’s no evidence that the vaccine was the cause of death for either patient, and that all vaccine recipients are being monitored for any other adverse reactions.
Both victims received their shot 24 hours prior to their death, but for one it was their second dose while it was the first shot for the other after having already had and recovered from COVID-19.
Meanwhile, active cases and hospitalizations both continue to decline to their lowest levels in the state for months. There were 200 new confirmed cases on Wed, but with 406 recoveries and no deaths.
That dropped the number of active cases to 4,103 – the fewest since early October, with 195 cases hospitalized, the first time since late Sept the count has been under 200. The total number of confirmed cases is 94,967 with 1,667 deaths.
Almost 50,000 South Dakotans have been vaccinated, according to the department of health. About 10,000 people have been fully vaccinated with 2 doses while 38,526 people have received their first dose of either the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines.