State Widens Access to Vaccine

Campbell County Public Health nurse, Sophie Hood, administers the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. (Photo: County 17 / Brooke Byelich)
CCPH Nurse Sophie Hood administers the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine in January 2021

Despite a limited supply of vaccine doses from the federal government, COVID-19 vaccine eligibility across Wyoming is expanding to include people age 65 and older, as well as those with certain high-risk medical conditions, the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) announced Monday afternoon.

Pre-registration for the next round of Wyomingites who qualify is now open, per a Feb. 1 WDH release, and counties statewide are vaccinating people in both Phase 1a and some Phase 1b groups.

Wyoming’s counties are working through those priority groups, Stephanie Pyle, Public Health Division senior administrator with WDH, said in the release.

Phase 1a includes healthcare providers, first responders, long-term care facility staff, and others at a heightened risk for exposure to COVID-19.

Phase 1b now focuses on some frontline essential workers, individuals 65 and over and individuals with certain medical conditions.

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Phase 1c includes homeless individuals, people living in congregate settings, and other essential workers, per WDH.

Wyoming’s prioritization schedule follows recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, and WDH medical ethics committee members, the release stated.

“Unfortunately we don’t have enough doses to vaccinate everyone in these groups right away,” Pyle said. “We are asking for patience from our residents as we all wait for our turn to get the vaccine.”

The pre-registration process varies by county. For information on how to pre-register to get vaccinated in Campbell County, or to pre-register online, click here.

Read the full WDH press release here.