On Monday, newly elected Town Councilor Jessica Sell Chambers said she wanted to see a stronger government response to the coronavirus. On Tue…
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The biggest news on the health care front this week is something you'll probably be able to find in tomorrow's Jackson Hole Daily. Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine is one step away from authorization for kids 12 and up, and it just needs the rubber stamp from the CDC advisory panel.
That's a huge step in pushing toward higher levels of community protection, though health officials say every age group needs to increase participation rather than expecting kids to bump us closer to something like herd immunity. So pick up tomorrow's Daily for more.
County reporter Billy Arnold dug into a new trend sweeping the country — vaccine incentives — and whether Teton County will implement some sort of program to boost participation. Though I already got vaccinated, I would have certainly taken a free beer or $100 to get the shot, and based on anecdotal evidence, the programs seem to be working in other communities.
And after lots of success, the Mental Health JH program is winding down. It will stop taking new patients at the end of the month. I'm interested to see what comes next; mental health care is both expensive and increasingly important, and the program was a novel way to address cost as a barrier. — Tom