Top Stories February 18, 2021

Some Covid-19 Vaccines Delayed

by Jackson Hole Radio News

The Wyoming Department of Health is advising that national weather issues are temporarily preventing some shipments of COVID-19 vaccines to Wyoming and other states.

The Department of Health is not expecting the 5,700 first doses and 3,700 second doses of Moderna vaccine to Wyoming locations this week due to the weather problems in other states.

Shipments to the Walmart locations currently involved in the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program are also affected. At this time, it is uncertain about next week’s shipments as well.

As efforts to provide free, safe and effective vaccinations continue, more than 93,000 residents have received their first dose so far when state and special federal counts are combined.

Each of the currently authorized COVID-19 vaccines requires two doses for maximum effectiveness.

Because some of the affected vaccine shipments included second doses, Community Health Section Chief Angie Van Houten noted individuals who are delayed in receiving their second dose can still receive the vaccine when it is available. She assures, “There will not be a need to ‘start over.’”