Sweetwater County Public Health is working with the Wyoming Department of Health, Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County, local health officials and other agencies to help schedule and administer COVID-19 vaccines in Sweetwater County, WY.
Current status from Sweetwater County Public Health:
We are currently scheduling vaccination appointments for February for phases 1a and 1b (see below).
Our focus for the current appointment clinics is anyone in the 1b category.
As COVID-19 vaccinations are approved and become available, Sweetwater County Public Health is following guidelines put in place by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Wyoming Department of Health for a phased approach to vaccine deployment.
Please check below to see if you are in a current eligible group prior to calling Sweetwater County Public Health.
Sweetwater County Public Health has worked with local agencies to facilitate the vaccine to all 1A eligible recipients and is now in phase 1B (as per the vaccination plan)
Those in the 1A priority group are :
- Hospital staff
- EMS and EMT personnel
- Long-term care and assisted living providers and residents
- Public Health nursing staff administering vaccines, including Tribal Public Health
- Law Enforcement
- Licensed/credentialed medical and dental direct care staff outside of hospitals
- Public health nurses and staff
- Home health staff
- School nurses
- Laboratory staff conducting COVID-19 testing
- Pharmacy staff
- Ancillary health care facility staff working in dedicated COVID-19 areas
Those in the 1B priority group are individuals who are :
- People who are 65 years of age or older. (If necessary, populations may be broken down to vaccinate those who are 80 and older first)
- Those with the following conditions: diabetes, heart conditions, obesity (BMI over 30), immunocompromised state, severe neurologic conditions (stroke and dementia), cancer, chronic kidney disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, solid organ transplant, sickle cell disease, down syndrome and pregnancy (Pregnant women should discuss vaccination with their provider in advance.)
- Fire, police, 911, correctional staff, search and rescue, and other in-person emergency response personnel not included in Phase 1a (including ancillary support for air ambulance and hospitals and Department of Family Services caseworkers)
- Funeral service practicioners and in-person employees necessary for funerals
- National Guard and Air Guard members likely to be activated for response to the pandemic
- In-person employees within congregate settings such as group homes, halfway houses, homeless shelters, child and youth service facilities
- Healthcare providers, behavioral health providers, and social workers unable to physically distance and unable to provide services through telehealth. Healthcare facility surveyor / compliance evaluator and ombudsmen
- K-12 Education (teachers and support staff)
- Child care service providers
- Public transit employees – community transportation buses
- Grocery store employees, commercial meat processing employees, feedlot employees, other food supply chain facility employees, and food manufacturing companies with 25 or more employees
- US Postal Service employees and delivery service companies (such as FedEx and UPS) likely to have more than 15 minutes of exposure to members of the public; Clinical laboratory specimen courier employees
- People on the Wyoming Medicaid Community Choices Waiver and Developmental Disabilities waivers
- Caregivers who are caring for a person who is at high risk of COVID-19 illness
- Workforce service center employees; port of entry employees; parole and probation officers; veterinarians; court system employees; and non-law enforcement security officers that must have in-person close interactions, unable to physically distance and unable to provide services virtually; attorneys, judges, and court personnel necessary for in person criminal hearings or trials; and custodial staff responsible for cleaning areas known to have been contaminated by people positive for COVID-19
Click below to view and download a COVID-19 Vaccination Consent Form
When can I receive a COVID-19 vaccine?
What if I am exposed to COVID-19 after being vaccinated?
The WDH is following the updated CDC guidance on the need for fully vaccinated persons to quarantine after an exposure to COVID-19.
Main points include :
- Vaccinated persons with an exposure to someone with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 are not required to quarantine if they meet all of the following criteria:
- Are fully vaccinated (it has been at least 2 weeks following receipt of the second dose in a 2-dose series)
- Are within 3 months following receipt of the last dose in the series
- Have remained asymptomatic since the current COVID-19 exposure
- Individuals who meet the above criteria should still monitor themselves for symptoms for 14 days after exposure and isolate and seek medical attention if symptoms develop
- If it has been longer than 3 months since the vaccine series was completed, vaccinated persons must quarantine after exposure (similar to current guidance around immunity following infection)
- CDC and WDH continue to recommend fully vaccinated healthcare providers do not work for 14 days after an exposure, given the potential consequences of transmitting COVID-19 within a healthcare setting. However, this updated quarantine guidance for fully vaccinated persons can be considered if needed to alleviate staffing shortages. Fully vaccinated healthcare providers do not need quarantine outside of work.
- CDC recommends vaccinated inpatients and residents in healthcare settings should continue to quarantine after an exposure due to the high risk and severe consequences of transmission in these settings. WDH will follow this guidance but will continue to evaluate whether quarantine procedures can be relaxed in residential settings.
- Vaccinated persons should continue to follow current guidance to protect themselves and others, including wearing a mask, staying at least 6 feet away from others, avoiding crowds, avoiding poorly ventilated spaces, covering coughs and sneezes, washing hands often, following CDC travel guidance, and following any applicable workplace or school guidance, including guidance related to personal protective equipment use or SARS-CoV-2 testing.
Updated: Feb. 17, 2021