By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily
Wyoming is expected to receive 47,370 doses of the coronavirus vaccine next month, according to the Wyoming Department of Health.
That amounts to approximately 5,000 doses of both the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines every week, although there will be a total of 7,020 doses delivered to a handful of counties around the state in the first week of the month.
The totals reported are only for the first doses of the two vaccines, the department said. It also noted the numbers could change and are only an estimate at this time.
Fremont County is receiving only the Pfizer vaccine every week, with 4,680 expected to arrive by the end of the month. Laramie County is receiving more of the Pfizer vaccine, with only 400 doses of the Moderna vaccine scheduled to be delivered for the entirety of March.
Laramie and Natrona counties are expected to receive the largest number of doses of the vaccine next month, with each county getting a total of 5,280 of the two vaccines.
Laramie County has received the most doses of the vaccine since they began shipping out in December, with 12,570 doses. Natrona County followed with 11,970.
More than 82,000 Wyoming residents have received the first dose of the vaccine, while 41,906 have received their second dose as of Friday.
This week, officials announced that Johnson and Johnson had produced a safe and 72% effective vaccine that only requires one dose, but it wasn’t clear when that vaccine might become available. According to USA Today, the vaccine is being reviewed by the Federal Food and Drug Administration.