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Casper-Natrona Health preparing mass vaccination drive-through once COVID booster shots get green light

(Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. — The Casper-Natrona County Health Department said in a press release Thursday that the health department is not yet making third doses (booster shots) of COVID-19 vaccines available to the public.

The health department is awaiting guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Wyoming Department of Health before it issues any third doses of the vaccines.

While third doses are not yet available, C-NCHD said that it is preparing to make them available “after they’re definitively announced and outlined by federal agencies.”

The C-NCHD will implement a mass vaccination drive-through event that will be free to the public if federal agencies approve the booster shots.

“Officials say they will communicate with the public those details including dates, times and locations as soon as they are known but none, are currently scheduled,” the C-NCHD said.

Third doses of the Pfizer and Moderna mRNA COVID-19 vaccines and second doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine are unavailable at C-NCHD, pending CDC and U.S. Food and Drug Administration guidance.

“We know there’s been a lot of confusion, and we also know that there are a lot of people in the community eager to get their third dose,” C-NCHD Public Information Officer Hailey Bloom said. “Our top federal health agencies are continuing to monitor and study each vaccine to determine when and if additional doses will be necessary to protect us from COVID-19.”

The C-NCHD said that booster shots are common for other types of vaccinations, including DTaP, shingles, polio, and hepatitis A and B.

“The C-NCHD continues the fight against COVID with free testing and vaccinations for individuals who have not been vaccinated yet,” C-NCHD said. “To get tested or get vaccinated, visit the Casper-Natrona County Health Department at 475 S. Spruce Street in Casper.”

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.