Laramie County continues to lead the way in first dose vaccinations, North Star prepares to host vaccine clinic on Saturday

Published: Feb. 23, 2021 at 7:13 PM CST
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - The COVID-19 vaccine continues to become more available. This week the Cheyenne-Laramie County Health Department opened vaccinations for residents in 1B subgroup 1-9, which includes many with underlying health conditions.

“The folks that are included in this are individuals who are at a higher risk just because of their underlying health conditions. Those are folks who have to be so very careful. To be able to offer them that additional level of protection is just really important, we’re really glad that we’re able to get them into the vaccine pool now,” said CLCHD Executive Director, Kathy Emmons.

Laramie County continues to lead the way in first doses of the vaccine administered, sitting at almost 12,500 as of Feb. 22. Though second dose numbers may seem lower than expected, Emmons said that’s because of the appointment approach. That approach spreads the vaccinations throughout the week instead of just in one day. CLCHD has been doing this from the start, because it wants to make sure little to no vaccine goes to waste.

“With all of them that we’ve given I think we’ve lost two doses and that’s very, very important to us because we want those in people’s arms, not to go to waste because of poor planning or poor scheduling. Through this week we’ll catch up very quickly we’ll do about 900 second doses this week and about 1500 second doses next week.”

Emmons praised the continued community partnerships that make the vaccine campaign all possible.

Speaking of community partnerships, through its Federal Pharmacy Partner, North Star Pharmacy and Infusion was able to receive 1,170 extra doses of the vaccine this week. The pharmacy will be hoping to get all doses into eligible arms in the Laramie County community.

This Saturday, Feb. 27, it will be hosting a vaccine clinic at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints located at 309 Western Hills Blvd from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you are interested and eligible to receive the vaccine, you are required to register.

“It’s really important that we get everybody that meets those requirements scheduled so that we can fill those appointments, and knock out all those and do what the CDC needs us to do,” said NSPI Co-Owner, Amy Schmidt.

For more information on the clinic, you can visit NSPI’s website here and its Facebook here.

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