State’s Vaccination Efforts Continue, Walmart Begins Administering Doses

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A registered nurse at Casper-Natrona County Health Department fills a syringe with a COVID-19 vaccination dose on Jan. 15, 2021. Health officials in Natrona County hope to increase a pace of about 300-plus vaccine inoculations per day, but that may depend on getting more vaccine doses and expanding staff and volunteers. (Dustin Bleizeffer/WyoFile)

The state continues to slowly increase the availability of COVID-19 vaccines and administering locations throughout the state, according to a Feb. 12 release from the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH).

As of today, more than 75,000 Wyoming residents have received their first doses to date when state and special federal counts are combined, per WDH.

“While overall available vaccine dose amounts remain low right now compared to high demand, we are seeing modest, continued increases in shipments we receive from the federal government of the authorized vaccines as well as more partners and providers coming on board,” Angie Van Houten, community health section chief with WDH, stated in the release.

Thus far, Wyoming has received 117,675 doses of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines combined, and as of this week, 92,603 residents have received first or second doses, per WDH data.

Walmart announced Thursday that it will begin administering small quantities of vaccine doses this week in most of its Wyoming stores, including Gillette, Cheyenne, Cody, Evanston, Laramie, Rawlins, Riverton, Rock Springs, and Sheridan.

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More information on making vaccine appointments can be found at walmart.com.

At this time, Campbell County is still in the 1a phase of vaccinations, which are limited to those who are 65 and older as well as healthcare providers and first responders, according to WDH’s priority guidelines.

Graphic courtesy WDH.
Graphic courtesy WDH.

This program is a separate federal pharmacy effort than the Walgreens/CVS program that has targeted long-term care facilities, per WDH.

All vaccinations will be provided at no cost, and reimbursement for the administration fee will either be billed to private insurers or be covered by the federal government, per WDH.

For more information or to pre-register for a COVID-19 vaccine, Campbell County residents can fill out a form on the Campbell County Public Health webpage. Those unable to visit the website for county-specific information can call the WDH toll-free vaccine phone line at (800) 438-5795 for help.

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All Wyoming counties are working on Phase 1b priority groups and will likely not be vaccinating Phase 1c groups until later in the year, per WDH, due to the limited availability of doses.

Dr. Alexia Harrist, state health officer and state epidemiologist with WDH, encouraged residents to continue wearing masks, to keep social distancing, and to stay home when ill unless seeking medical help as vaccination efforts continue.

“We are not there yet, but we are on the path back to normal and every day we get closer,” she said.

More information about vaccination efforts in Wyoming can be found at WDH.