Health Department waiting on official third dose guidelines

CASPER, WYOMING (September 23, 2021) – The Casper-Natrona County Health Department (CNCHD) is waiting for upcoming CDC and Wyoming Department of Health guidelines on issuing third doses of COVID vaccines and is prepared to act in accordance with these policies after they’re definitively announced and outlined by federal agencies.

Third doses of both mRNA COVID vaccines as well as a second dose of Johnson & Johnson are all unavailable right now, as the CDC and FDA determine best practices. “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,” CNCHD 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,” she said.

Additional vaccine doses are common among the most effective and tested vaccinations, including DTaP, shingles, polio, and hepatitis A and B. Additional doses in the COVID inoculation series is characteristic for vaccinations.

Though additional doses are not available to the public at this time, the CNCHD is ready to implement a mass vaccination drive-through event that will be free to be the public, when and if federal agencies approve additional doses. 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 CNCHD continues the fight against COVID with free testing and vaccinations for individuals who have not been vaccinated yet. To get tested or get vaccinated, visit the Casper-Natrona County Health Department at 475 S. Spruce Street in Casper.

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