Vaccination open to anyone 18+

By: 
Alexis Barker

Alexis Barker

NLJ News Editor

 

As COVID-19 cases continue to dwindle in Weston County (one lab-confirmed case in the past 14 days and two active cases), vaccine eligibility has opened to anyone 18 and older, according to Lori Bickford, Weston County public health nurse. 

Last week, the public health office announced that vaccination registration was now open to the general public, with all previous groups still eligible for registration. 

According to Bickford, both Cambria Discount Drug and Weston County Pharmacy, both in Newcastle, are aiding public health in administering the vaccines. Either pharmacy can be contacted for information on vaccine distribution and upcoming vaccination clinics. 

Registering for the vaccine can be done either online by visiting  https://forms.gle/ktRCvfL5CA8FXpBL7 or by calling the vaccination call center at 1-800-438-5795. Bickford said that those registering online should answer yes to the question “are you 65 and above.” 

To date, Weston County has received 1,800 Moderna first doses, with 1,405 of those doses being administered. Bickford reported that 1,095 second doses had been administered out of the 1,600 received. 

Weston County has also received 100 first doses of the Janssen vaccine, and all have been administered. 

“Currently, we have plenty of the Moderna vaccine. … The Janssen vaccine supply should pick up in the month of April. We only received one shipment of Janssen for the month of March,” Bickford said. 

Statewide, the Wyoming Department of Health reports that 162,000 Wyoming residents have received at least their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. 

Weston County has had  approved variances to all public health orders for over a month now, according to the Weston County website. Statewide, two public health orders remain:  mask requirements in educational institutions and the limiting of indoor events to 500. 

“We continue to see stable case numbers in most places, along with fewer hospitalizations and fewer deaths,” said Dr. Alexia Harrist, state health officer and state epidemiologist with the Wyoming Department of health, in a press release. “Because COVID-19 is still around and our vaccine campaign is ongoing, we need to continue with some precautions in our orders, especially related to schools and large events. “

Wyoming reported 688 confirmed cases in the past 14 days, with 345 of those active. To date, the state has recorded 47,552 lab-confirmed cases since the pandemic began, 536 of those in Weston County.

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