Open Accessibility Menu
Hide

COVID-19 Vaccine

As of December 17, 2020, Campbell County Health is administering the COVID-19 vaccine to personnel who have regular exposure to potentially positive COVID-19 patients, as authorized by Campbell County Public Health.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) outlined a three-phased approach for COVID-19 vaccine administration. The early shipments from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna won’t meet all of Campbell County’s needs, so we are following guidance by the Wyoming Department of Health and Campbell County Public Health to distribute the vaccine in a way that is effective and equitable. The Wyoming Department of Health’s (WDH) preliminary list of prioritized populations for the initial COVID-19 vaccine campaign is available here.

Additional vaccine is allocated to Wyoming for the Federal Pharmacy Partners for Long Term Care Program through the CCD. This program ensures that Walgreens and CVS pharmacies will offer on-site COVID-19 vaccination services for staff and residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities, such as The Legacy Living and Rehabilitation Center, who did apply for the program. These vaccinations are tentatively set to begin in early 2021.

The COVID-19 vaccine is not currently available for members of the general public. Campbell County Public Health is responsible for distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine in Campbell County, using guidance from the CDC and the Wyoming Department of Health. Campbell County Public Health has advised us that they will have more information on COVID-19 vaccine distribution after January 1, 2021. You can contact Campbell County Public Health at 307-682-7275.

The vaccination is not currently available for members of our community. Check with your health care provider for updates about the COVID-19 vaccine. We will announce more information as it comes available at www.cchwyo.org/covid19.

The cost of the vaccine, including administration, will be paid by the federal government. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has given the first two vaccines Emergency Use Authorization, which is not the same as full approval. However, clinical trials have shown that side effects are minimal and the vaccines are safe.

Additional information and education about the COVID-19 vaccine

Vaccines work with your immune system so your body will be ready to fight the virus if you are exposed. While a vaccine may prevent you from getting sick, it is unknown at this time if you can still carry and transmit the COVID-19 virus to others after being vaccinated. Whether you choose to be vaccinated for COVID-19 or not, you should continue to take steps to protect yourself and others by watching your distance (stay at least 6 feet from people not in your household), wearing masks, washing your hands frequently and staying home if you are sick.