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First Shipment of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine Arrives in Park County

Cody, Wyo. (December 15, 2020) –Cody Regional Health (CRH) received their first shipment of the Pfizer COVID vaccine on Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 10:00 AM MST. The shipment included 975 doses to be distributed between Cody Regional Health, Powell Valley Healthcare and Park County Public Health and will be administered starting on Thursday, December 17.

“Vaccines will be given in a phased approach and we will start with healthcare frontline staff,” states Bill Crampton, Park County Public Health Director.

“Cody Regional Health has our completed internal prioritization list for all employees. Our team will begin receiving the vaccine this Thursday, December 17. If our staff do not want the vaccine we will move onto the next person.” stated Laura Farnworth, CRH Employee Health Coordinator.

After clinical staff have been given their first dose of the vaccine they will receive their second dose within 21 days. They will be asked to continue wearing masks and eye protection because there is still a 5% chance they could contract the virus after receiving the vaccine.

Below are the national phases of the vaccine plan:

In Phase 1, potentially limited doses of vaccine will be available and they will be targeted to those at highest risk and highest risk of exposure, first responders and healthcare workers who care for those with critical needs.

In Phase 2, large numbers of doses will be available, and supply is likely to meet demand. Educational efforts will target critical populations who were not vaccinated in Phase 1.

In Phase 3, there is likely to be a sufficient supply and all unvaccinated groups will be targeted. Special attention will be directed to populations or communities with low vaccine coverage.

The state complete plan may be viewed at: https://health.wyo.gov/publichealth/immunization/wyoming-covid-19-vaccine-information/

For further questions about the COVID-19 vaccination please visit www.CDC.gov or call your local public health office.