Wyoming Close to Open Availability for COVID Vaccines

This story first appeared on Cowboy State Daily

By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

Wyoming is near to having enough coronavirus vaccines to vaccinate any resident 16 and older, according to Wyoming Department of Health officials.

At least 18 of Wyoming’s 23 counties are vaccinating any member of the general public age 18 or older, Kim Deti, a spokeswoman for the Wyoming Department of Health, told Cowboy State Daily.

The other five counties are vaccinating anyone who falls into the first three stages of the state’s phased vaccination program, including people who are 50 and older, those who are homeless and frontline workers exposed regularly to people who may carry the illness.

“Most counties are open to all so it should be very soon [that the state will open up to all residents],” Deti said.

As of Sunday, Wyoming had received 167,630 first vaccine doses (84,630 doses of the Pfizer vaccine and 83,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine) and 138,704 first doses have been administered.

The state has received 118,805 second vaccine doses (58,305 doses of the Pfizer vaccine and 60,500 doses of the Moderna vaccine) and 92,108 second doses of the vaccines have been administered.

Finally, Wyoming has received 8,400 of the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine, and 4,657 doses have been administered, according to Health Department figures.

In total, 96,765 Wyoming residents are completely vaccinated against the virus, around 15% of the state, the department said.

As of last week, Wyoming was 18th in the nation for vaccination rates, ahead of neighboring states including Utah (50th in the nation, with less than 10% of its residents having received the vaccine), but behind Montana, Nebraska and Colorado (ninth, 14th and 16th, respectively).

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