By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily
Casper and Natrona County residents who are at least 70 years old can receive the coronavirus vaccine as early as Wednesday, according to an announcement from the Casper-Natrona County Health Department.
The health department is moving into Phase 1B of the vaccination program, which includes vaccinating elderly people. Appointments for vaccines will be available starting Wednesday.
“With the beginning of this new phase, we’re able to start protecting our most vulnerable populations,” health department spokeswoman Hailey Bloom said. “Phase 1A went well, and we’re now working with more community partners to distribute vaccines to people outside of healthcare workers and emergency responders.”
Bloom also said that due to limited vaccine quantities, the health department is expecting to run out, but will distribute doses to partner medical clinics as soon as more shipments arrive.
Vaccination appointments will be made on a first-come, first-served basis with waiting lists at every location.
Appointments have to be made in order to receive a vaccine and government-issued identification will be required. The vaccinations are free.
“Casper is on its way back to normal. The more people we’re able to vaccinate, the sooner we’ll get there,” Bloom said.
The locations offering coronavirus vaccinations to elderly patients in Natrona County are:
- Mesa Primary Care Clinic, 3632 American Way, Casper. Vaccinations are open to anyone with any provider. Schedule your appointment by calling 307-233-7280.
- University of Wyoming Family Practice, 1522 E. A St., Casper. Vaccinations are open to current patients but the clinic is currently welcoming new patients. Schedule your appointment by calling 307-234-6161.
- Community Health Centers of Central Wyoming, 5000 Blackmore Road, Casper. Vaccinations are open to current CHCCW patients and the public. Schedule your appointment by calling 307-233-6085.
- Platte River Family Practice 1900 E. First Street, Casper. Vaccinations are open to current Platte River Family Patients and the public. Schedule your appointment by calling 307-577-7737.