Wyoming far from reaching Biden vaccine goal of 70 percent by July 4

Casper/Natrona County Health Department RN Hana Kim reconstitutes the Pfizer-BioNtech COVID-19 vaccine with sodium chloride while preparing the first doses to be administered in Natrona County on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City File)

CASPER, Wyo. – Wyoming remains among the lowest ranking states for vaccine compliance, an issue that has dogged the state for months.

According to data published last week by the New York Times, Wyoming is just ahead of Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana with 47 percent of adults having received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

At that pace, it will be 10 months before Wyoming’s population reaches the Biden administration’s vaccine rate goal of 70 percent by July 4.

Other states below the 50 percent mark are Tennessee and West Virginia, according to the NYT.

According to www.covidactnow.org, Natrona County has a vaccination rate of 33.6 percent. However, the site lists the county’s “vulnerability level” as low, taking into account the low population density and health care challenges, among other factors.

As of Monday, June 7, the Wyoming Department of Health reports 369 active COVID-19 cases in the state, with nine new cases in Natrona County reported over the weekend.