CLCHD encourages residents to schedule vaccinations as another COVID-19 variant is identified in Laramie County
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - More than 30,000 Laramie County residents have now received at least the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
Cheyenne-Laramie County Health Department Executive Director, Kathy Emmons, said she received word Tuesday that the Brazilian variant of COVID-19 had been identified in Laramie County. Other variants have been identified in the county before, but Emmons said it’s even more important now for residents to get vaccinated.
“It just increases the need again for people to think about getting vaccinated. It’s going to help make sure that if you do get one of the variants, your level of severity is going to be much less, and it just really protects everybody so much more.”
Emmons said CLCHD has recently seen a significant decrease in vaccine appointments. In response, they plan on hosting events in May to help residents get out and get their vaccinations. Including a partnership with Cheyenne Frontier Days, who will be giving CLCHD concert tickets for this summer. Residents who get vaccinated, can enter a raffle to win those tickets. CLCHD will also be doing a raffle for Mother’s Day buffets around Cheyenne for people who get vaccinated as well.
“We know there is hesitancy in the community and the state, and we’re going to do whatever we can to try and deal with that and help make sure people do get vaccinated.”
Emmons said the majority of people who get vaccinated, are not seeing any side effects following the shot, and they look forward to continuing to educate the community on how safe the vaccines are.
The FDA also recently gave CLCHD the go ahead to continue administering the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. The vaccine was put on a temporary pause on April 13, due to a few people seeing severe side effects following their shot.
Emmons said CLCHD isn’t receiving as many weekly doses of the J and J vaccine as the others, so they usually host clinics to administer it. She said the next J and J clinic will be at their new vaccination site at 614 S. Greeley Highway on May 11.
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