Will Sioux Falls ever get a PUBLIC drive thru vaccination site?

At the Mayor’s Covid press conference on Monday, a doctor from one of the hospitals in town was asked if Sioux Falls would ever get a drive thru vaccination site. He carefully answered the question that it could be a possibility, but said since we are getting such low supplies that it probably wouldn’t happen.

While he is correct that the supply chain is kind of a joke, if that improves, could we do this? Sure, but this isn’t about giving the vaccination this is about WHO is giving the vaccination. The unofficial rumor is the two hospitals get $15 for every dose they administer. While the public probably won’t have to pay for that dosage out of pocket, we are essentially paying for it through our taxes.

This all came up because I guess many people have been asking the City of Sioux Falls if they could set up a public drive-thru vaccination site using nursing students, other volunteers and Falls Community Health employees instead of using our private health systems. I guess the rumor is the city is saying that they must have trained professionals to do this from the health systems.

Kind of sounds like this is about the Benjamins and not supply.

It also brings up the question if people don’t use one of the hospitals as their provider can they go somewhere else to get a vaccination in Sioux Falls like Falls Community Health or a pharmacy especially if they don’t want to share their private information with a provider that is NOT theirs?

It will be interesting to see if people will be given a public option to receive the vaccination in Sioux Falls.


#1 D@ily Spin on 01.14.21 at 10:40 pm

Uh! In case you forgot, City of SF takes in sales tax and distributes it to developers and out of state contractors. City politicians are in it for the bribes. Doing something for the population is not their Modus Operanda. The best you can hope for is the county setting up a vaccination program. The county provides for social services and the jail. They’re human and need more tax revenue appropriation.

#2 rufusx on 01.15.21 at 7:41 am

Single Payer Health Insurance (Medicare for All, or “the public option”) is the answer to ALL these issues.

#3 "Very Stable Genius" on 01.15.21 at 1:42 pm

They don’t even know how to plow and sand during and after a snow storm, and now you want them to organize a vaccination site during a pandemic, economic downtown, and potential further insurrection?

( and Woodstock adds: “Don’t forget about the ‘Red Line’ thing”…. “Maybe they could use it for those waiting for their first vaccination versus those trying to get their second one”…. )