It is crazy to see politicians such as the government. Andrew Cuomo (D, NY) delayed Kovid vaccination with unnecessary bureaucracy. It is a cry for any citizen that there has to be a better way, the good news is that many states are moving fast to take shots with weapons. Recently this column noted the pace of vaccination in West Virginia. Fortunately the Mountain State is not the only success story.
“South Dakota Among Leaders in COVID-19 Inoculations,” notes a title in Sioux Falls Argus Leaders. It seems that state leaders did not believe the media’s consensus that rapid vaccine approval might not occur. He was drawn to the possibility of success. The Argus Leader Report:
It was August when health officials from across the state set the time for planning. With just a few weeks left, the medical world was promising to crack: a new type of vaccine known as the messenger RNA vaccine was showing great promise in the world fight against the coronavirus epidemic. Vaccines were being developed in record time and would be available in several weeks. The medical community of the state wanted to be ready. “We thought and planned a lot,” Dr. Said David Bessel, vice president of clinical quality for Avera Medical Group.
The plan paid off. At a time when some states are faltering to implement vaccination plans, South Dakota barely came out of the gate after the Food and Drug Administration’s Emergency Use Authority for two mRNA vaccines developed by Pfizer and Modern. At one point this week, more South Bandits received vaccination as a percentage of the population than any other state, according to tracking done by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
South Dakota greatly relies on private management and land decision making:
In addition to planning, there has also been an unusual level of cooperation in health systems that are natural competitors. As part of the plan, the state was divided into five vaccine providers: the big three health systems, Avera, Monument and Sanford, as well as Mobridge Hospital and Northern Plains Health Network. The providers agreed to take counties that did not have their presence, something Secretary of Health Kim Malasam-Resden said they appreciated.
Instead of a new government-formulated plan for delivery, Gov. Christie Noam (R, SD) has largely relied on existing methods to provide care. The Argus Leader Report:
Health systems had already established courier services to deliver medicines from their main hospitals to smaller facilities. Vaccines can piggyback within that system.
Basel said that is different from how other states have handled the roll-out. For example, in Minnesota, vaccines are not going directly from the state to hospitals, but through more complex delivery systems that include more layers. Systems for distribution in South Dakota are “orders of magnitude less complex.”
“We’re able to cut through the red tape and just do it,” Basel said.