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C-NCHD hosting Pfizer third dose vaccine drive September 30 for eligible groups

(Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. — The Casper-Natrona County Health Department (CNCHD) announced Friday it will be issuing third doses of the Pfizer COVID vaccine to eligible individuals at the Ford Wyoming Center Thursday, September 30.

The drive will operate 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Thursday.

Per FDA and CDC guidelines, the third doses of the Pfizer vaccine will be administered to those to individuals who received their second dose of the Pfizer vaccine on or before March 30 and meet any of the following criteria:

  • 65 and older
  • Residents in a long-term care setting of any age
  • 50–64-year-olds with underlying medical conditions

Anyone who received Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccines, had their second Pfizer vaccine after March 30, 2021 or does not meet age, residential or medical condition provisions is not currently eligible for any additional vaccine doses, C-NCHD said.

“There’s been extensive studies into third doses, including who needs this protection and when they should get it,” C-NCHD Public Information Officer Hailey Bloom said. “Our dedicated staff is ready and excited to administer this layer of defense to the members of our community who need it most,” she said.

To receive a third dose during the drive, enter through Gate 1 of the Ford Wyoming Center parking lot for the drive-through vaccination clinic. C-NCHD staff will administer vaccines to individuals in their cars. Please bring ID, vaccine card and insurance information, if available. Third doses are free to individuals and insurance is not required.

Third doses will be issued on a first come, first served basis at this event. Third dose appointments are not available, and there is no waitlist at this time.

Additional third dose vaccination events will be announced next week, along with more information on when other groups — including younger individuals with underlying medical conditions as well as individuals with who face occupational hazards, like health care workers and first responders — will be eligible for third doses of Pfizer.

“We know there’s been a lot of public confusion around third doses, but the FDA and CDC have scrupulously examined data, and as everyone knows all too well, COVID changes frequently,” Bloom said. “We’re rolling out third doses carefully, and vaccines remain our strongest protection against COVID, especially as it continues to surge across Wyoming.”

COVID tests as well as first and second doses of all COVID vaccines are available for free Monday through Friday from 8:30-4:30 at the Casper-Natrona County Health Department, located at 475 S. Spruce St.

The Wyoming Department of Health provides COVID-19 case, variant, death, testing, hospital and vaccine data online. The department also shares information about how the data can be interpreted. COVID-19 safety recommendations are available from the CDC.