CASPER, Wyo. — A Friday announcement from the Casper Natrona County Health Department says that the department will be offering COVID-19 boosters and flu shots at a drive later this month.
The CNCHD is issuing booster doses of the Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) COVID-19 vaccines to eligible individuals at the Ford Wyoming Center (AKA the Casper Events Center) Saturday, October 30 from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
“Per new FDA and CDC guidelines, the CNCHD is administering booster doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccine to all categories of eligible individuals on October 30,” officials say.
Eligible individuals include anyone who received their second dose of Pfizer or Moderna at least six months ago and is:
- 65 years and older
- Age 18+ who lives in long-term care settings
- Age 18+ who has underlying medical conditions
- Age 18+ who works in high-risk settings (workers in healthcare, emergency support, education, food, delivery, public transit, manufacturing, corrections, grocery stores)
- Age 18+ who lives in high-risk settings (dorms, homeless shelters, correctional facilities)
Anyone who received a Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine more than two months ago is also eligible. The new guidance also approves the type of vaccine or vaccine brand to be mixed.
Those wishing to get a booster vaccine will be able to choose the type of booster they would like.
Flu vaccines will also be available during third dose drives, giving individuals the opportunity to protect themselves from seasonal influenza and COVID-19 at one convenient time.
“Our third dose [drive-thrus] have been a huge success,” CNCHD Public Information Officer Hailey Bloom said.
On October 15, Bloom and her colleagues issued over 500 vaccines between booster and flu shots.
“It was a much smoother day than the first clinic. People were in and out within 20 minutes from start to finish. We really have the process down and are improving it even more every time,” she said.
Public restrooms will be available.
“Please bring ID, vaccine card and insurance information, if available. Booster COVID-19 vaccines are free to individuals and insurance is not required,” CNCHD officials said in a written statement Friday.
Additional dates of booster clinics will be released to the public very soon. Third doses are not currently available at the CNCHD clinic.
“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,” Bloom said.
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 South Spruce St.