Public Health continues vaccination rollout
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SUBLETTE COUNTY – Days after Gov. Mark Gordon announced he would not renew Wyoming’s statewide mask requirement, Sublette County Public Health Nurse Janna Lee delivered the promising update on Sublette’s battle with the novel coronavirus.
As of her Wednesday update, Lee said Public Health has administered 1,527 first doses and 850 second doses of COVID-19 vaccines. That wasn’t including the accumulative 310 doses already scheduled for Thursday in Pinedale.
Lee said that fell in line with the state’s reporting of nearly 20 percent of the eligible population over 18 getting vaccinated.
Vaccination registration remains open for the Phase 1C priority group. That pertains to the general population over 50 and for essential workers who can’t work remotely. Registration can be done by going to www.sublettewycovid.com/vaccines.
Lee said all 100 initial doses of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine have been spoken for and she hopes to have more information on a next round of doses later in the month.
Upon being asked where to report side effects, Lee recommended smartphone applications VAERS and V-Safe. Both log information on side effects ranging from immediate to long-term.
Lee also thanked the county’s residents for low transmission rates throughout the county. The Wyoming Department of Health confirmed two new active cases of COVID-19 in the county this week, bringing the county’s total active cases to just three.
Emily Ray and Deanne Swain both thanked Lee, and the rest of the Public Health staff, for administering the vaccines efficiently.
Ray also said the Pinedale Medical Clinic will implement policy changes to coincide with the withdrawal of the mask requirement on Tuesday. Masks for patients will be heavily recommended but no longer required.
“We ask that you adhere to your health-care provider’s requests,” she said. “And if you have a fever, call instead of coming into the clinic.”
She also emphasized members of the public experiencing chronic health issues to seek treatment at the clinic. She and Dr. Brendan Fitzsimmons have both been made aware of community members passing away because their chronic conditions weren’t amply treated during the pandemic, she said.