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COVID Vaccine Eligibility Expands Locally

A couple enters Walgreens in Gillette on Wednesday, Feb. 25.

A couple enters Walgreens in Gillette on Wednesday, Feb. 25. (Photo: Brooke Byelich / County 17)

Here’s what you need to know to pre-register

Wyoming residents with specific diagnosed illnesses or health conditions can now pre-register for a COVID-19 vaccine appointment, the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) announced Wednesday.

Those 65 years and over, and caregivers of people with certain medical conditions that cannot receive the vaccine can also pre-register, according to a Feb. 24 release from WDH.

“As the pandemic has continued we have seen that people with certain health challenges are clearly more likely to become severely ill when they are infected with COVID-19,” Dr. Alexia Harrist, state health officer and epidemiologist with WDH, said in the release. “These vaccines can help protect these individuals.”

Qualifying health conditions include a current cancer diagnosis, chronic kidney disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and pregnancy, among others. View a full list here.

By the numbers

As of early Thursday morning, WDH reports 82,450 of 95,225 of the available first-round vaccine doses have been administered statewide, totaling over 85% of the first doses available in the state. Of those, 49,725 were Pfizer and 45,500 Moderna, per WDH data.

Of the 55,980 second-round vaccine doses the state received (of which 24,180 were Pfizer and 31,800 Moderna), 41,906 doses had been administered as of the same time Thursday, per the same data.

These numbers may lag slightly, WDH said, up to 72 hours behind. They also do not include federal doses provided separately and directly to Wyoming’s tribal, Veteran’s Association, and military facilities, WDH said.

Still, the numbers show Wyoming is quickly administering its allocated doses relative to other states with 15.8% of the population already receiving at least one dose and 7.5% receiving both doses, per the New York Times’ reporting Wednesday.

(Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Note: As of Feb. 23, the CDC reports these figures based on where individuals reside, rather than the vaccine provider’s location.)
(Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Note: As of Feb. 23, the CDC reports these figures based on where individuals reside, rather than the vaccine provider’s location.)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday about 45.2 million people have received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, including about 20.6 million people who have been fully vaccinated.

Statewide, at least 44 new COVID-19 cases were reported on Feb. 24. Over the past week, there have been an average of 77 cases reported per day in Wyoming, a decrease of 8% from the average just two weeks earlier.

Walgreens vaccine rollout

The Federal Retail Pharmacy Program, which began last week at several Walmart locations across the state including here in Gillette, is expanding this week to include participating Walgreens locations.

Although the local Walgreens is a participating location, representatives of the store did not respond to inquiries for comment as of press time.

Keep it up

As more and more people are able to register for the vaccine, Harrist stressed the importance of continued mask wearing and social distancing and continues to encourage those who are ill to stay home unless seeking medical help while vaccination efforts continue.

For a detailed list of who’s eligible to pre-register at this time, visit health.wyo.gov.

Residents who qualify can pre-register for an appointment via the WDH website or by calling (800) 438-5795.


The Wyoming Department of Health provides COVID-19 case, variant, death, testing, hospital and vaccine data online. The department also shares information about how the data can be interpreted. COVID-19 safety recommendations are available from the CDC.

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