Teacher vaccines

Educators wait to see if they have any reaction after receiving the vaccine for COVID-19 during a clinic set up by Team Rubicon at the Presbyterian Church of Jackson Hole. Between 400 and 500 doses of the vaccine were set to be administered to educators throughout the day.

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Though you have to wait until next year to buy cheap home goods and sundries at Target, you will be able to get a COVID-19 vaccine there soon. 

With little fanfare, the Teton County Board of County Commissioners approved a contract to use the old Kmart/future Target building as a mass vaccination clinic. Vaccine supply has finally increased to the point that the Teton County Health Department has been on the hunt for a larger-capacity site.

Mass vaccination clinics have been taking place at the Presbyterian Church of Jackson Hole, but the capacity is limited to 400 to 500 shots a day. The choke point is the waiting area, because people have to stay for 15 minutes after the inoculation so health care workers can monitor them for adverse reactions.

With a space like Target, far more people can hang out for the monitoring period while staying 6 feet apart, since recently vaccinated people still need to maintain social distance in the minutes after their shots. (Antibody production is not instantaneous.)

Rich Ochs, of Teton County Emergency Management, did not tell commissioners when Target would be ready to use as a vaccination site, though Teton County Director of Health Jodie Pond has previously told the News&Guide that a large-scale clinic could take place as soon as the end of the month were a site secured.

The contract passed the Board of County Commissioners unanimously.

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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