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Casper-Natrona County Health Department to offer additional vaccines per CDC Guidelines

The outside of the Natrona County Health Department building
The outside of the Natrona County Health Department building(Haley Roedder)
Published: Oct. 25, 2021 at 4:59 PM CDT
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - With the recent CDC recommendations for the additional doses of Moderna and Johnson and Johnson vaccines, the Casper-Natrona County Health Department is working hard to administer those to residents, along with the Pfizer vaccine. Residents are eligible to receive the third dose of the Moderna or Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine if they received their second dose at least six months ago.

“Dosing for the Moderna third dose is a little bit different. They’re actually doing a half dose for that booster dose but the timeline to wait is the exact same,” said Hailey Bloom, the Public Information Officer for CNCHD.

Anyone who received the Johnson and Johnson vaccine more than two months ago is also eligible. The new guidance approves the type of vaccine or vaccine brand can be mixed, allowing those wishing to get a booster to choose which of the three vaccines they would like. So far, Casper-Natrona County Health Department has given over 900 booster shots.

“We’re fully expecting that, you know, we’ll start to see folks starting to get these third dose, or booster doses, well throughout the fall. If you can remember, we kind of had a staggered approach in the beginning to give out first and second doses,” said Bloom.

Due to the previous hesitancy, CNCHD expects to see more booster shots given over the remaining fall and winter months. As the holiday season approaches, the health department is preparing to see more cases, as they are already on the rise.

“We are currently still the highest in the state for case count so that is concerning to us. Our hospital has been really busy and really overwhelmed so we are concerned about that as we continue to go into fall. So the best protection people can give themselves and other is to get their vaccines,” said Bloom.

The health department is not currently administering booster doses at their main location but is working on scheduling more drive thru clinics to get the doses to the public. They also are encouraging residents to get their flu shot as cases are already appearing across Natrona County.

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