SWEETWATER COUNTY — The Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) is reporting Sweetwater County could receive around 3,000 doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine in March.
Starting Monday, March 1, the county will begin receiving its monthly allotment. According to the WDH’s March Vaccine Distribution information, on March 1, Sweetwater County will receive 200 doses of the Moderna vaccine, while on March 8, 15, 22, and 27, the county will receive 700 Moderna doses for a total of 3,000 for March.
However, the WDH’s vaccine distribution information stated these amounts are based off of estimates provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It also states these are tentative amounts and can change.
“Most counties are wanting more vaccine because (there) are more people that are wanting vaccine than what we have available,” Sweetwater County Public Health Director Kim Lionberger said.
“We are able to do almost 800 vaccines a day if we have an 8-hour clinic so (we) could do more vaccine,” Lionberger said. “Time will tell if the amount allocated this month is adequate for demand.”
As for the receiving the Moderna vaccine instead of Pfizer, Lionberger said they are happy to receive either.
Currently, public health receives and distributes two thirds of every vaccine shipment, while Castle Rock Medical Center receives and distributes one third. Public health distributes the vaccine at the Sweetwater County Events Complex.
“If other organizations, such as the Community Health Center has a need, we will provide doses to them based on how many they can schedule,” Lionberger said.
Lionberger has been asked in recent informational meetings when the county will move to the phase 1c category for vaccine distribution.
“The county will be able to move into phase 1c with this allotment,” she said.
Lionberger wanted to let residents know eventually the state will be moving to an online vaccine scheduling system.
“We are waiting for the online scheduling system with the state to be implemented, but there will be a transition from continuing with the call center and registering via online,” Lionberger said. “The online scheduling system will change how we have been doing clinics quite a bit so it may look and feel different than our current clinics.”
During this change, Lionberger is reminding residents to be patient and public health will be adjusting to a new system.
“When it is available, we will announce the website to schedule,” she said. “If there are any changes to location of clinics, we will also announce that through press releases.”
According to the WDH’s vaccine distribution data, Sweetwater County has received 6,200 doses of first dose vaccine and 4,520 doses of second dose vaccine
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