CASPER, WYOMING (January 15, 2021) – Thanks to Casper’s united fight against COVID-19, the Casper Natrona County Health Department (CNCHD) has distributed all available vaccination doses to eligible residents and partnering facilities and will officially run out at 5:00 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15.
Earlier this week, Natrona County entered into Phase 1B of vaccinations, which expanded the pool from health care workers and emergency responders to include anyone 70 and over. The CNCHD along with Mesa Primary Care, University of Wyoming Family Practice, Community Health Centers of Central Wyoming and Platte River Family Practice, have inoculated hundreds of people in just a few days, protecting the most vulnerable population against COVID-19.
“The community’s response has been incredible. Our partner medical offices and our staff have been working non-stop to distribute and administer our vaccines. Just knowing how many lives and families we’re saving makes everything worth it,” Hailey Bloom, CNCHD Public Information Officer, said. “And we’re going to be working just as hard until everyone in Casper has the opportunity to be vaccinated,” she said.
The CNCHD expects to receive an additional 975 doses sometime in the middle of next week, which will be distributed among the same facilities. Because Casper has received the vaccination so positively, Bloom anticipates running out of that allotment within 2-3 days.
Due to limited supply and unpredictable shipments, vaccinations efforts will remain focused on the 70+ age group until the CNCHD is confident the majority of this population has been served, which will likely be into February.
If you are age 70 or older as of this month, call the CNCHD or one of the partnering facilities to be added onto an appointment waitlist. Waitlists for anyone under the age of 70 are unavailable at this time.
Due to high call volumes, Bloom asks that residents leave messages at these facilities and be patient for return calls.
“We can’t wait to get back to pre-pandemic normal, and the vaccine is how we’ll get there. We’re as committed to communicating information about the vaccine as we are about distributing it. All of our medical offices are overwhelmed with calls right now, but we will get back to you,” Bloom said. “Unfortunately, there’s still a lot of unknowns right now, but we’ll update you as soon as we’re able,” she said.
For more information on the vaccine, visit https://casperpublichealth.org/vaccine-information/.
Partnering medical facilities:
Mesa Primary Care Clinic
3632 American Way
University of Wyoming Family Practice
1522 E. A St.
Community Health Centers of Central Wyoming
5000 Blackmore Rd.
Platte River Family Practice
1900 E. 1st St.
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 caspervcovid.com or by calling 307-577- 9892.