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COVID vaccine second dose compliance high in Natrona County and state, say health officials

(Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. – Health officials in Wyoming say people returning for their second COVID-19 inoculations is high.

There has been some reporting in other states that a somewhat sizable amount of people are choosing to skip the second dose, which health experts say is essential to achieve the roughly 95 percent effectiveness against the COVID-19 virus.

According to an NBC News report, an estimated 5 percent of people in Oregon are either late or skipping their second doses. Health experts worry that as more people get the vaccines, more may start skipping the second doses. Some also worry that as more private pharmacies start issuing the vaccines, they may not do enough to remind people to return.

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Wyoming Department of Health spokesperson Kim Deti said she hasn’t heard of any reports of people skipping second doses in Wyoming.

“It’s going to be important for people to get both doses and we encourage that,” she said by email.

Casper/Natrona County Health Department spokesperson Hailey Bloom says Natrona County’s compliance has been nearly 100 percent at the C/NCHD’s vaccination clinics.

“However, there have been other clinics administering vaccine and I can’t speak for them,” she said. “We also don’t have access to any of their data for second doses.”

“We are still keeping all of the second and first doses separate on our end and continuing to get those second doses scheduled,” she said.

The two vaccines currently being distributed in the U.S. were developed separately by Pfizer and Moderna respectively, and require a second booster shot to be fully effective.

A vaccine by Johnson & Johnson still undergoing testing will be a one-dose inoculation with an effectivity rate of around 72 percent.

According to the latest WyoSpeaks survey from the University of Wyoming’s Wyoming Survey and Analysis Center (WYSAC), 62 percent of Wyoming respondents say they’re very to somewhat likely to get vaccinated, or have been vaccinated for COVID-19. The survey found that 38 percent said they’re very or somewhat unlikely to get vaccinated.

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.