Teton County is currently vaccinating both individuals 70 and older and essential worker groups, specifically employees within in-person congregate care or living settings such as group homes, halfway houses, homeless shelters, child and youth serving facilities for the next two weeks.
Registration is now open for those who are 65-69 to help us build our list of those who are interested in receiving the COVID vaccine. Each week we select individuals based on age, with the oldest individuals being selected first, to schedule their first COVID vaccine appointment. The number of appointments each week depends on our vaccine allocation for the week. If you have submitted your information on the registration form but have not received a call to schedule your vaccine appointment yet, this is because we are still working through those who are 70 and older. We expect that we will be vaccinating those 65 and older in mid-February through March based on our population estimates. We have been estimating 450 to 600 appointments for first doses of the COVID vaccine each week with help from our partners at St. John’s Health. Each week we also administer second doses of the COVID vaccine to ensure those who have already received their first dose completes their vaccine series on time.
If you have a chronic medical condition specifically listed in the Wyoming Department of Health’s Priority Groups or are a person on the Wyoming Medicaid Community Choices Waiver and Developmental Disabilities waiver, we are not ready to receive your information at this time. We will notify the public when are closer to vaccinating this group. We will not be offering the vaccine to the general public until late summer/fall 2021 based on our current vaccine allocations. For those younger than 65, you will need to wait until we begin vaccinating the general public (unless you qualify through your employment or have a chronic condition). We will not continue to vaccine based on age after the 65 and older population. To learn more about local COVID Vaccine information please visit, http://www.tetoncountywy.gov/2251/COVID-19-Vaccine-Information. For more details on the Wyoming Department of Health’s priority group descriptions visit, https://health.wyo.gov/publichealth/immunization/wyoming-covid-19-vaccine-information/.
For those who qualify for the COVID vaccine based on their employment, Teton County Health Department will be working directly with employers. We will be contacting employers directly to determine a single point of contact for your organization. Please ask your staff to not contact the Health Department independently. When many people from one organization call or email the Health Department or our call center to ask similar questions, it can overwhelm our system and staff. We are working systematically to contact employers at the correct time so that we can eliminate people sitting on a waiting list for months.
The Teton County Health Department maintains a standby list of individuals to contact at the end of the day to come and receive doses that may remain in some multi-dose vials. This standby list only includes individuals who were a part of a higher, previously addressed priority subgroup who have not yet received a vaccine. We follow the Wyoming Department of Health Vaccination Priority Guidelines when offering and administering all doses of COVID-19 vaccine.
Teton County Health Director, Jodie Pond stated, “Our staff is getting overwhelmed by the number of calls and emails we are receiving from people asking when it will be their turn. Please be patient as we work through the State’s COVID Vaccine Priority Groups. We are still working with limited vaccine doses in a community that has a lot of people who would like the COVID vaccine. This is a great thing, and we are excited to give vaccines out to our community members. We will continue to put out more information about what groups we are vaccinating. See our regularly updated timeline on our website,http://www.tetoncountywy.gov/2251/COVID-19-Vaccine-Information. Please remember that vaccinating the community will take multiple months at the current rate of our vaccine supply.”