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Natrona begins giving COVID vaccine to elderly populations Wednesday

CVS Pharmacist David Masters prepares the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for inoculation at Primrose Retirement Community of Casper on Jan. 8, 2021. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. — People 70 years of age and up became eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in Natrona County on Wednesday.

Vaccines are available by appointment on a first-come, first-served basis among those eligible to receive the vaccine. The following locations will be issuing COVID-19 vaccinations:

  • Casper-Natrona County Health Department
    • 475 S. Spruce
    • Vaccinations are open to anyone with any provider
    • Appointments available 8:30 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. beginning Jan. 13
    • Schedule your appointment by calling 307.577.9892
    • No walk-ins
  • Mesa Primary Care Clinic
    • 3632 American Way
    • Vaccinations are open to anyone with any provider
    • Appointments available Jan. 13-16 from 8:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
    • Schedule your appointment by calling 307.233.7280
    • No walk-ins
  • University of Wyoming Family Practice
    • 1522 E. A St.
    • Vaccinations are open to current patients but currently welcoming new patients
    • Appointments available Jan. 14 – 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.; Jan. 15 – 9:00 a.m-12:00 p.m.; Jan. 19 – 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
    • Schedule your appointment by calling 307.234.6161
    • No walk-ins
  • Community Health Centers of Central Wyoming
    • 5000 Blackmore Rd.
    • Vaccinations are open to current CHCCW patients and the public
    • Appointments available Jan. 18 – 1:30-5:30; Jan. 19 – 1:30-5:30; Jan. 20 – 8:30-12:30
    • Schedule your appointment by calling 307.233.6085
    • No walk-ins
  • Platte River Family Practice
    • 1900 East 1st Street
    • Vaccinations are open to current Platte River Family Patients and the public
    • Appointments available Jan. 16 from 9-12 and Jan. 19 from 2-7
    • Schedule your appointment by calling 307-577-7737
    • No walk-ins

Due to limited vaccine doses available, Casper-Natrona County Health Department Public Information Officer Hailey Bloom said Monday the county is expecting doses to run out at each location. However, clinics partnering with the health department will receive additional shipments as those become available.

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Before setting an appointment, the CNCHD asks people to note the following:

  1. You must be 70 years or older as of January, 2021.
  2. Walk-ins are not accepted at any location. Call ahead to schedule your appointment.
  3. Bring your government-issued ID to verify age and your insurance card to your appointment.
  4. Vaccines are free to all patients.
  5. Please observe all masking and social distances guidelines during your appointment. Ask your provider about scheduling your second dose at your appointment.

The CNCHD are making vaccines available to those 70 and older as they move into Phase 1B of their COVID vaccine distribution plan. People in sub-groups 1-3 of Phase 1B are able to set up appointments to receive a vaccine in addition to anyone in Phase 1A.

“With the beginning of this new phase, we’re able to start protecting our most vulnerable populations,” Bloom said. “Phase 1A went well, and we’re now working with more community partners to distribute vaccines to people outside of healthcare workers and emergency responders.”

“Casper is on its way back to normal. The more people we’re able to vaccinate, the sooner we’ll get there.”

Further information is available from the CNCHD online.

“If you are experiencing flu like symptoms or have had direct contact with a known positive case, please seek testing through the Casper-Natrona County Health Department by visiting or by calling 307-577- 9892,” the CNCHD adds.

The Latest Statistics from the Wyoming Department of Health:

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:

  • 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.