First COVID-19 vaccines administered in Teton County

A.J. Wheeler, an ER doctor at St. John’s Health, reacts with excitement upon receiving one of the first COVID-19 vaccines administered in Teton County on Wednesday morning from Dawn Lundquist, a registered nurse at the hospital. Dr. Wheeler said the shot felt no different than the vaccine administered for the flu. “My vaccine protects me, my family and my community,” he later wrote in a Facebook post. Teton County received more than 900 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine in the first round of distribution, which are being administered to medical personnel throughout the community this week.

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Town and county officials announced this afternoon that they will hold a COVID-19 community update at 3 p.m. Friday.

Representatives from St. John’s Health, the Teton County Health Department, Jackson Town Council, Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce, Teton County School District No. 1 and Teton County Board of County Commissioners will provide updates on coronavirus precautions and measures currently in place.

They will also talk about the pressing issue of the day, vaccines. As of Tuesday, health care workers in Teton County have been receiving the first doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. Nearly 1,000 health care workers and first responders could be vaccinated by Christmas.

The community update will be broadcast at JacksonWy.gov. Click "Watch a meeting."

It will also be broadcast live on 89.1 FM KHOL and 96.9 FM KMTN. It will be archived on the town's website and at JHCovid.com.

The vaccine rollout is one of the first certifiable pieces of good news since the pandemic started, but the News&Guide has discovered another encouraging result: People in Teton County are far more likely to wear a mask than not, at least in places covered by the community's original mask order.

One last note on COVID-19: If you rode the START bus to Teton Village in the past couple of weeks, you may want to monitor yourself for signs of the disease. Click here to see affected routes from a pair of people who rode while infectious.

Contact Tom Hallberg at 732-7079 or thallberg@jhnewsandguide.com.

Tom Hallberg covers a little bit of everything, from skiing to long-form feature stories. A Teton Valley, Idaho, transplant by way of Portland and Bend, Oregon, he spends his time outside work writing fiction, splitboarding and climbing.

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