CASPER, WYOMING (January 20, 2021) – The Casper Natrona County Health Department adheres to COVID-19 vaccination guidelines established by the Wyoming Department of Health and is committed to keeping the public informed of all updates, including mass vaccination efforts.

Due to limited supplies nationwide and across Wyoming, COVID-19 vaccines are very limited at this time, so the Wyoming Department of Health determines all vaccination strategies and policies, to which the CNCHD adheres closely. As a result, mass vaccination efforts, including location, are all currently in flux.

“We’re working on a scale that no one has ever seen before, and there’s also still a lot of unknowns,” Public Information Officer Hailey Bloom said. “There’s so much at stake with this vaccine effort, so everyone is our office works every day to keep people safe and get life back to normal. The best way to do that is to follow state and national guidelines, while keeping the public informed of our progress and what’s coming next,” she said.

To clarify news that was released yesterday, while the Eastridge Mall has been an outstanding partner to the CNCHD and has offered Macy’s as a public vaccination space, those plans are still in flux and there are not currently any vaccinations happening there. Mass public vaccination efforts will not begin until spring at the earliest.

Currently, anyone 70 and over, as well as healthcare workers and emergency responders, are eligible to receive the vaccine. The next group will be essential workers, which includes K-12 staff members, food supply workers, postal service workers and grocery store workers. Individuals under 70 with co-occurring conditions are not next in line to receive the vaccine, unlike news that was reported earlier this week. Again, this order is determined by state and national guidelines.

“Casper Natrona County Health Department staff and officials are all so proud to be leading vaccination efforts. We work closely with state and federal agencies, as well as our local officials, physicians and medical partners to get our community through this time. We wouldn’t be able to keep our community safe and on the road to recovery without everyone’s hard work,” Bloom said.

Stay up-to-date on all of the current vaccination news in Natrona County by checking https://casperpublichealth.org/vaccine-information/, https://caspervcovid.com/vaccine/ and weekly videos.

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.