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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: SWO Tribal Council Statement On Vaccine Event


Last updated 4/15/2021 at 5:01pm

Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate

DARE Covid-19 Response Team

12554 BIA Highway 711

Agency Village, SD 57262



SWO Tribal Council Statement On Vaccine Event

Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate, on the Lake Traverse Reservation will host FEMA for a two-day

vaccination event to be held in Sisseton.

Sisseton SD, On Monday April 19th & 20th, The Tribe will be working with FEMA to conduct a

mass vaccination event from 10 am-4pm at the Buffalo Lake Lanes/Dakota Connection parking

lot. This is a public event and all are welcome, regardless of IHS eligibility. Although first

advertised, this event will not include access to the Johnson & Johnson vaccine due to the

governmental halt in distribution. Community members participating will be receiving either

their first dose of the Moderna or the Pfizer vaccine, administered by on-site healthcare

professionals with follow-up appointments made thru IHS for the second dose 4 weeks later.

This event will be a controlled environment where community members will be inoculated

safely with close monitoring and nearby post observation, in case of any side effects or

reactions. With multiple other benefits, being fully vaccinated includes not being required to

quarantine but also opening the opportunity to safely assist others during their exposure and

potential positive results.

We understand the hesitancy but we would like to encourage everyone 18 and over to

schedule their vaccinations or attend next week’s two-day event. During these hard times it’s

important for us to remember to protect each other, and the best way to do so is to be fully

vaccinated. We trust our members and community to make the right decisions regarding their

health, but would also like to encourage everyone to do what they can collectively to protect

the youth and other vulnerable members of the community.

Be safe Oyate, together we can stop the spread of Covid-19.


Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Tribal Council

12554 BIA Highway 711

Agency Village, SD 57262


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