SWEETWATER COUNTY — Due to COVID-19 Coronavirus vaccination demand decreasing, Sweetwater County health officials said they plan to move to individual vaccine appointments in April.
During a COVID-19 informational meeting with public health representatives, elected officials, industry representatives and members of the media, Sweetwater County health officials reported they are seeing decreases in vaccination participation.
According to Castle Rock Medical Center CEO Bailie Dockter and Sweetwater County Public Health Director Kim Lionberger, between Castle Rock and Public Health about 7,800 first doses have been administered in the county. However, both Sweetwater County Public Health and Castle Rock Medical Center are having difficulty filling vaccination appointments during their clinics.
Lionberger said they have 1,300 appointments available this week, and have only filled 226 so far. Castle Rock Medical Center Dr. Connie Fauntleroy said Castle Rock also has about 250 doses available this week.
Due to so many appointments being vacant, Sweetwater County Public Health will begin making a move to scheduling individual appointments rather than holding the group clinics. They plan to make the transition in April. Castle Rock will stop providing first doses altogether starting next week, but will continue to do the booster shots over the next month to ensure everyone’s vaccinations are complete.
Sweetwater County Health Officer Dr. Stachon reminds residents that anyone can get vaccinated now, whether they are at increased risk or not. Anyone 16 years and older can get the Pfizer vaccine, and anyone 18 years and older can get the Moderna and Johnson vaccines.
Lionberger said that there are now four local pharmacies people can get the vaccine at which includes both Smith’s pharmacies, located in both Rock Springs and Green River, K-Pack Pharmacy in Green River, and Walmart.
Lionberger said that the state is planning to open the vaccine to everyone by April 12. If Sweetwater County is unable to use the vaccine that has been allotted thus far, Stachon said the state will not continue sending the county the same amount they have been now. This means that in the future, it could become more difficult for Sweetwater County residents to access the vaccine.
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