Hospital institutes easier ways to schedule vaccinations

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Sheridan Memorial Hospital is instituting some easier ways for people to schedule appointments for COVID-19 vaccinations.

Dr. John Addlesperger, the hospital’s chief medical officer, explained in a recent interview with Sheridan Media.

Dr. Addlesperger said as of Feb. 25, Sheridan Memorial Hospital had given over 5,300 vaccinations.

He said the latest information from the state is that the hospital this month will receive another 200 doses of the Moderna vaccine, nearly 4,900 doses of Pfizer and 300 doses of the new Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Unlike Pfizer and Moderna, which are given in a two-shot series, the Johnson & Johnson requires only a single dose.

Dr. Addlesperger said there’s no information at this time as to when the additional vaccines will arrive.

The priority list has been expanded as of Monday, and Dr. Addlesperger said the state updated the list as of Feb. 28. He said other chronic medical problems and neurologic problems have been added to the list.

He said those eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccinations at this time include those with moderate to severe asthma, hypertension, liver disease or who are overweight.

A full list of eligibilities are on the hospital’s website and on the Wyoming Department of Health website.

Dr. Addlesperger said as of last week, the hospital didn’t give all of the vaccine that’s available, because people didn’t sign up for vaccinations. He said the hospital is encouraging everyone who’s on the priority list to call or register for the vaccination online and get immunized.

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