CASPER, Wyo — The Casper Natrona County Health Department (CNCHD) announced it had distributed all available vaccination doses to eligible residents and would officially run out as of 5:00 p.m. Friday.
The CNCHD expects to receive an additional 975 doses sometime in the middle of next week, which will be distributed among its partner facilities. Those doses are expected to last 2-3 days.
“Earlier this week, Natrona County entered into Phase 1B of vaccinations, which expanded the pool from health care workers and emergency responders to include anyone 70 and over,” the CNCHD release Friday said.
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The CNCHD along and partner facilities inoculated hundreds of people in just a few days, protecting the most vulnerable population against COVID-19.
Due to limited supply and unpredictable shipments, vaccinations efforts will remain focused on the 70+ age group until the CNCHD is confident the majority of this population has been served, which will likely be into February
“The community’s response has been incredible. Our partner medical offices and our staff have been working non-stop to distribute and administer our vaccines,” Hailey Bloom, CNCHD Public Information Officer, said.
“Just knowing how many lives and families we’re saving makes everything worth it, and we’re going to be working just as hard until everyone in Casper has the opportunity to be vaccinated,” Bloom said.
Waitlists for anyone under the age of 70 are unavailable at this time
Those age 70 or older as of this month are encouraged to call the CNCHD or one of the partnering facilities to be added onto an appointment waitlist.
Due to high call volumes, CNCHD asks that residents leave messages at partner facilities, listed below, and to be patient for return calls.
“We can’t wait to get back to pre-pandemic normal, and the vaccine is how we’ll get there,” Bloom said.
“We’re as committed to communicating information about the vaccine as we are about distributing it. All of our medical offices are overwhelmed with calls right now, but we will get back to you.
“Unfortunately, there’s still a lot of unknowns right now, but we’ll update you as soon as we’re able,” Bloom added For more information on the vaccine, visit https://casperpublichealth.org/vaccine-information/.
Mesa Primary Care Clinic
3632 American Way
University of Wyoming Family Practice
1522 E. A St.
Community Health Centers of Central Wyoming
5000 Blackmore Rd.
Platte River Family Practice
1900 E. 1st St.
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What to do if you are feeling sick: In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Casper-Natrona County Health Department says that people who are feeling sick or exhibiting symptoms should contact their primary physician.
If you do not have a primary care provider, and live in Natrona County, please contact the COVID-19 hotline, operated by the Casper-Natrona County Department of Health. The line is open Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm 577-9892. Hotline services are intended for Natrona County residents and may not be able to provide specific information to persons calling from out of county.
Officials ask that you please do not self-report to the Emergency Room. Persons experiencing problems breathing should call 9-11.
For general inquiries and non-symptom related questions about COVID-19, please contact the Casper-Natrona County Health Department via email: email@example.com
- Practice Social Distancing by putting distance between yourself and other people. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Stay home if you’re sick
- Cover coughs and sneezes. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
- Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
A list of area closures attributed to COVID-19 are available here.