COVID-19 vaccine clinic

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You can now only get the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at the Teton County Health Department as a second dose or if you are under 18.

Dwindling supply of the Pfizer vaccine has led the Health Department to announce a switch to solely administering the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson shots for first doses. Anyone who received the Pfizer shot for the first dose will be able to get the second dose.

Since the Pfizer shots are authorized for use in kids as young as 12, as opposed to 18 for the other two, the Health Department will keep them around for younger people still looking for the shots. Teton County overall has had a higher proportion of Pfizer vaccines than many places in Wyoming because St. John’s Health purchased the necessary ultra-cold freezers to store them, but the Health Department is stressing that all the vaccines offer strong protection against severe disease.

“All of the COVID-19 vaccines have been shown to reduce hospitalization and death from COVID-19,” the department said in a press release.

In addition to the change in offered vaccines, the department is scaling back the hours of its clinic. The hours are Wednesdays from 3 to 7 p.m., Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Both Thursday and Friday, the clinic is closed between noon and 1 p.m. for lunch.

Opportunities to get the shots on the weekends are being decreased. The clinic will now be open only the last Saturday of each month from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The next Saturday clinic will be July 31.

People can attend the clinics either by making an appointment or walking in. Those who received their first shot of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine elsewhere can get the second shot, but need their vaccine cards. You must wait at least 24 days after the first dose of the Moderna vaccine to get the second one and 17 days for Pfizer.

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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