Vaccine mandates are made by the state, not the CDC. Photo: Nick Sulzer // Buckrail

JACKSON, Wyo. — The Teton County Health Department announced changes to their vaccine clinics and shared recent CDC recommendations, today Jan. 7.

Starting Tuesday, Jan. 11, the 12+ COVID-19 vaccine clinic will move to the Presbyterian Church of Jackson Hole, 1251 S Park Loop Rd. This clinic is for individuals 12 and up only.

The hours for the clinic are as follows:
Tuesdays 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Wednesdays and Thursdays 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Appointments are in high demand. “We continue to emphasize that vaccination and getting boosted is one of the most important elements of mitigating the spread of COVID-19 and keeping our community healthy,” said the health department.

Individuals ages 12 and up who need a first dose are welcome to walk in without an appointment to the clinic during operating hours. Due to staffing and clinic hours, individuals will no longer be allowed to arrive at the end of the day for extra doses.

On Jan. 4, the CDC updated its recommendations for booster doses. Those who received Pfizer for their first two vaccines now can receive a booster 5 months after their second dose, shortening the interval from 6 months as previously established. Individuals who initially received 2 shots of Moderna still must wait 6 months before getting a booster, and those who got Johnson & Johnson must wait 2 months.

On Jan. 5, the CDC expanded their booster eligibility to include individuals 12-15. It is now recommended that those ages 12-17 should receive a Pfizer booster at least 5 months after their 2nd dose of Pfizer vaccine.

Clinics for 5 to 11-year-olds will remain at the Teton County Health Department, 460 E Pearl Ave, and continue to take place on Mondays from 3-7 p.m. Walk-ins are not allowed.

On Jan. 4, the CDC also added the recommendation that 5-11-year-olds with moderate to severe immunocompromised conditions receive an additional dose of Pfizer vaccine at least 28 days after their second shot. Documentation of the qualifying condition is requested at the appointment.

“The recent emergence of the Omicron variant further emphasizes the importance of vaccination, boosters and prevention efforts needed to protect against COVID-19,” said the health department in the press release.

To book a COVID-19 appointment, please visit the website or call at 307-732-8628.

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Lindsay Vallen is a Community News Reporter covering a little bit of everything; with an interest in politics, wildlife, and amplifying community voices. Originally from the east coast, Lindsay has called Wilson, Wyoming home since 2017. In her free time, she enjoys snowboarding, hiking, cooking, and completing the Jackson Hole Daily crosswords.