All Wyomingites over 16 are now eligible for free COVID-19 vaccine

Jessica Schurtz, RN at Campbell County Public Health, draws up the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to be given to one of the senior citizens in Campbell County. (Photo: County 17 / Brooke Byelich)
Jessica Schurtz, RN at Campbell County Public Health, draws up the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to be given to one of the senior citizens in Campbell County.

Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon announced Wednesday morning that all Wyoming residents ages 16 and older are eligible to receive a free COVID-19 vaccine, according to a March 31 press release from the governor’s office.

All 23 counties have now entered Phase 2 of the vaccine distribution plan and are scheduling appointments for the general population, the release stated.

“We have done well and can now offer COVID-19 vaccines to every Wyoming resident over the age of 16,” Gordon said. “I want to express my appreciation for the efforts of public health workers, health care providers and pharmacies throughout the state. I would encourage every resident to take advantage of the vaccines, as Jennie and I have, and help Wyoming move closer to ending this pandemic.”

Residents aged 16 and older are eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine, while adults 18 and older are eligible for the Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccines, per the release.

The vaccines are free and insurance is not required.

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As of Wednesday morning, more than 162,000 individuals in Wyoming had received at least their first dose of the vaccine.

To learn how to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment, click here.

Campbell County Public Health and local healthcare providers, as well as many pharmacies, are now offering vaccination appointments through the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program, including pharmacies at Walmart, Albertsons, Safeway, Walgreens and King Soopers stores.

The announcement comes just hours after national news headlines which state that clinical trials of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine showed 100% efficacy and is well tolerated in youths ages 12 to 15.