A public service announcement was recently released by Albany County Public Health to provide current information on the status of COVID-19 vaccination efforts in the county.

As of March 1, those within Phase 1b, priority groups 7-9 are now able to schedule their vaccination appointment. Individuals within these groups include the following:

  • Public transit employees
  • Those with the following conditions: cancer, chronic kidney disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, solid organ transplant, sickle cell disease, down syndrome, diabetes, heart conditions, obesity (BMI over 30), immunocompromised state, severe neurologic conditions (stroke/dementia) and pregnancy
  • Grocery store employees, commercial meat processing employees, feedlot employees, other food supply chain facility employees, and food manufacturing companies with 25 or more employees
  • People on the Wyoming Medicaid Community Choices Waiver and Developmental Disabilities waivers
  • 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

Individuals within all prior phases are still able to schedule vaccination appointments. Please call (307) 766-8222 to schedule your vaccination appointment.

Individuals who are not included in Phase 1b subgroup 7-9, should sign-up for My Health Connection at https://www.ivinsonhospital.org/portal.

Dr. Jean Allais, Albany County Health Officer, is encouraging everyone eligible to get vaccinated to do so to protect yourselves, your neighbors, and your community.

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