(Pierre, SD) — South Dakota officials say Phase One-A of the COVID-19 vaccination program is up and running. Frontline healthcare workers will receive the vaccine in this first phase. Phase One-B is set to start December 28th for nursing home residents through in-house pharmacies. Other healthcare workers and EMS personnel will be vaccinated in Phase One-C, followed by people 65 and older or with underlying health issues in One-D. Other first responders will be vaccinated in Phase IE. Health care officials say people should continue wearing masks, doing careful hand washing, social distancing, and using other preventative measures while waiting for their turn to receive the vaccine.