This story first appeared on Cowboy State Daily
By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily
A little more than 110,000 Wyoming residents are completely vaccinated against the coronavirus, according to the most recent numbers provided by the Wyoming Department of Health.
A total of 110,781 complete doses of the three major vaccines available to prevent the illness had been give in Wyoming as of Sunday, but these numbers could be up to 72 hours behind, the Health Department said.
This department said 104,297 people have received the second dose of the two-dose Pfizer and Moderna vaccinations, and 6,484 have received the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
According to the vaccine distribution data, this means 71% of the second dose supply available in Wyoming has been administered, while only 55% of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine has been given.
“Our goal is to encourage as many Wyoming residents as possible to choose to get vaccinated,” Wyoming Department of Health spokeswoman Kim Deti told Cowboy State Daily on Monday. “Without vaccination, the risk of illness could remain for people and that’s what we’re focused on avoiding. We want everyone who is eligible to get vaccinated, but it is especially important for those at higher risk of severe illness related to COVID-19.”
A total of 148,520 first doses have been given across the state, around 80% of the total supply.
The vaccines are free and effective against the virus, which is something the WDH is continuing to remind anyone who still might be hesitant to get one.
“We want people to know a COVID-19 vaccine can help them stay healthy, give them peace of mind, and help get them back to things they miss such as spending time with family and friends,” Deti said. “The data shows these vaccines are safe and effective, and we are confident in recommending them.”
Last week, the state moved into open availability for the vaccine, meaning that anyone in the state who was 16 or older could be vaccinated.
The vaccines are free and insurance is not required to receive one.
“Together with our county public health partners, healthcare providers in our communities and growing numbers of pharmacies across the state, we have worked to make vaccines easy to find and receive.” Deti said. “Earlier it was more difficult due to limited supplies and that may have been a factor in people’s expectations and plans.”