Joan Adam, Secretary of Health

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COVID-19 Vaccine Information

for healthcare providers

NOTE: Please check this web page twice weekly for updated material.

Provider Enrollment Instructions

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Updates for Vaccine Providers

Independence Day 2022 Holiday Ordering and Shipping Schedule


McKesson Specialty (Moderna and Janssen) will not deliver vaccine orders on July 5, 2022.

Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccines

  • No vaccine deliveries will occur on Saturday, July 2 through Monday, July 4, 2022.

  • Pfizer will be closed for the holiday weekend, and no orders will be processed July 4-5, 2022.

  • Orders placed on Friday, July 1 will be delivered on Tuesday, July 5, 2022.

  • If you would like to hold delivery for Friday, July 1, contact Pfizer by Tuesday, June 28, 9:00 p.m. EST via email at

  • If you would like to hold delivery for Tuesday, July 5, contact Pfizer by Wednesday, June 29, 9:00 p.m. EST via email at

Moderna and J&J/Janssen Vaccines

  • No vaccine deliveries will occur Saturday July 2 through Tuesday, July 5, 2022.

  • McKesson will be closed for the holiday weekend. No orders will be processed July 4 or 5, 2022.

  • Orders placed by 12:00 p.m. EST on Friday, July 1 will be delivered on Wednesday, July 6, 2022.

  • McKesson Specialty customer service is reaching out to awardee and partner ordering points of contact to determine if order holds are requested. If you have not already spoken with McKesson Specialty customer service and want to request a hold for your orders for Friday, July 1, please call 1-833-343-2703 or email by 12:00 p.m. EST on Wednesday June 29, 2022.

The table below summarizes the days that vaccine will/will not) be delivered over the July 4th Holiday.


Sat, July 2

Sun, July 3

Mon, July 4

Tues, July 5

Wed, July 6


No Deliveries

No Deliveries

No Deliveries

Friday Orders Delivered


McKesson Specialty

No Deliveries

No Deliveries

No Deliveries

No Deliveries


ACIP Recommends Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccines for Young Children

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted unanimously (12-0) on June 18, 2022 to recommend the Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines for young children.

  • A two-dose Moderna COVID-19 vaccine series (25ug) is recommended for children ages 6 months – 5 years, under the EUA issued by FDA

    Two doses of 25ug Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, 28 days apart
  • A three-dose Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine series (3ug each) is recommended for children ages 6 month – 4 years, under the EUA issued by FDA

    Three doses of 3ug Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, 21 days and at least 8 weeks apart  

The Committee expressed strong support for the vaccination recommendation, stating that vaccination shows clear benefit in preventing hospitalization and death.

More details on the approval of both vaccines are available here.

Adult Ancillary Kit Opt-out

  • J&J opt-out is available

  • Moderna opt-out is available

  • Pfizer ADULT opt-out is now available

If you wish to not receive ancillary kits, please indicate this in the notes section of the order screen in SDIIS.

Updated information:

Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine

Pfizer-BioNTech Resources:

Vaccine Inventory Reminders

Cartons and vials of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 PURPLE Cap vaccine with labeled expiration dates of October 2021 through November 2022 may now be used beyond the printed date. The new updated expiry dates can be found HERE. These vaccines may remain in use until the updated expiration date providing approved storage conditions have been maintained.

We appreciate your efforts to reduce the Pfizer PURPLE Cap vaccine inventory in the field, which continues to decline. Please continue to use Pfizer PURPLE Cap before ordering the Pfizer Tris GRAY Cap. Remember to keep your inventory of the purple and gray cap vials separate to avoid any confusion. Purple cap vials require diluent while gray cap vials do not.

COVID-19 Vaccine Medical Updates and Immunization Site Training

  • Goal: Educate providers and immunization staff personnel on the proper use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine


    • Section 1: Medical Updates & New Information for the Vaccine

      • FDA approvals, authorizations - including recent authorizations

      • CDC Interim Clinical Considerations - recent updates

      • Introduction of new Controlant Temperature Monitoring Device

      • Healthcare provider resources

      • Question and answer session

    • Section 2: Storage, Handling, and Administration of Vaccines

      • Use of each vaccine presentation, including storage, handling, preparation, and administration for:

        • Ages 5 through 11 Years: DILUTE BEFORE USE/Orange Cap

        • Ages 12 Years and Older: DO NOT DILUTE/Gray Cap; DILUTE BEFORE USE/Purple Cap

    • Question and answer session

  • These sessions will be updated to reflect the latest information and recent changes which will be identified at the start of each session.

Contact Information:

Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine

Janssen Website

Shelf Life Extension for the Johnson & Johnson's Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine

The Food & Drug Administration announced the approval of a shelf life extension for the Johnson & Johnson's Janssen COVID-19 vaccine for an additional three months. The shelf life of this vaccine has been updated from 6 months to 9 months. This decision is based on data from ongoing stability assessment studies, which have demonstrated that the vaccine is stable at 9 months when refrigerated at temperatures of 36° – 46° Fahrenheit (2°– 8° Celsius).

This shelf life extension applies to all inventory dated to expire on March 7, 2022 or later. Vaccine dated prior to March 7, 2022 should be disposed of according to state and local regulation and reported as waste according to your COVID-19 provider agreement. Vaccine providers should visit the Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine Expiry Checker webpage to confirm the expiration dates. This shelf life extension applies to refrigerated vials of J&J/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine that have been held in accordance with the manufacturer's storage conditions.

COVID-19 vaccines that are authorized under an EUA do not have fixed expiration dates, and expiration dates may be extended as we get more stability data. Always check the manufacturer's website to obtain the most up-to-date expiration dates for the COVID-19 vaccines you have on hand.

Janssen Resources:

Contact Information:

VaccineFinder (VF)

As of May 1, 2022, providers must report COVID-19 vaccine supply levels at least WEEKLY by close of business on Fridays. All other provisions regarding data remain unchanged.


  • Provider Resources
    • Guides on account creation, inventory reporting, and setting your location to display to the public.

  • Reporting
    • Additional information for providers, including check lists for public display on

Contact Information:

VAERS - Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System

VAERS Website - Healthcare providers are required by law to report to VAERS

Contact VAERS at:

  • Phone: 800-822-7967 | Fax: 877-721-0366 | E-mail:   

  • For non-urgent concerns, email For emergencies relating to COVID-19 vaccine safety, call CDC Emergency Operations Center at (770) 488-7100.


v-safe website - CDC is requesting that healthcare providers give patients a v-safe information sheet at the time of vaccination and encourage them to enroll and fill out the surveys when prompted to do so.

Contact Information: Call 800-232-4636 | TTY 888-232-6348 | Open 24 hours, 7 days a week

General Vaccine Guidance and Resources

Pregnancy & Breastfeeding Vaccination Guidance

Pediatric Vaccination Guidance

Vaccination Clinic Guidance

Long-Term Care Facility Guidance

Storage and Handling Guidance

Post-Vaccination Guidance

Fact Sheets & Communication Resources

South Dakota Vaccination Plan

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