The Mayors of Victor and Driggs urged their communities to get vaccinated amidst a rise in COVID-19 cases. Photo: Nick Sulzer // Buckrail

JACKSON, Wyo. — The Teton County Health Department has opened registration for both the employment and higher risk population-based Phase 1c groups.

Individuals who qualify for the COVID vaccine in Phase 1c through either (1) the higher risk population-based groups or (2) through their employment can now add themselves to the registration list. Teton County Health Department will use the information to allocate appointments for the COVID-19 vaccine beginning the second week of March. Individuals will be randomly selected from the registration list weekly depending on vaccine availability.

This subgroup includes Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce who are unable to physically distance or telework (See Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce for a complete listing of essential workers), those who are ages 50-64, who are homeless, living in dormitories, and who have conditions including; moderate-to-severe asthma; hypertension or high blood pressure; liver disease; overweight (BMI 25-30), and Thalassemia.

Due to the large number of employees who qualify for the COVID vaccine in Phase 1c the county is asking individuals to register themselves. The Health Department says they will be communicating with as many qualified employers as possible to share resources on the COVID vaccine in both English and Spanish along with a direct link to the registration form. They encourage employers to not only speak to their staff about registering for the COVID vaccine but also share the available resources on the COVID vaccine. Employers can find the COVID vaccine toolkit on the county’s webpage.

At this time, the following sectors are not included in Phase 1c (this is not an exhaustive list, if you think you qualify in 1c please see the link above for Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce Document):

Administrative staff not included in earlier phases, eCommerce, marketing, photography, artists, outdoor recreation, Hotels, Bed and Breakfasts, dude ranches, Airbnbs, personal service providers, hairdressers, makeup artists, gym staff, personal trainers, yoga instructors, pilates instructors, retail store employees, wedding and event planners, bands, musicians, movers, resort employees, museum employees, car sales, interior designers and interior decorating.

“We expect to open registration for the COVID vaccine to the general public and other workers in May,” Teton County said in a press release.

As of March 1, 2021, Teton County has given out 5,360 first doses of the COVID vaccine and is allocated to receive 7,320 more first doses in March. The March allocation includes both the Pfizer and Johnson and Johnson vaccines.

To view the registration form please visit the Teton County webpage, http://www.tetoncountywy.gov/covidvax, or call the COVID hotline at 307-732-8628 option 1, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday-Friday to get more assistance with the registration process.

Individuals who qualify for the vaccine earlier in phase 1 (1a or 1b) can also use the registration form to express interest in the COVID vaccine. Teton County Health Department says that they will continue to work with employers and the identified points of contacts in previous phases to work to get their staff scheduled for COVID vaccine appointments.

“For community members who have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine please continue to follow our preventative measures, wearing masks, staying at least 6 feet from others, frequently washing hands, and staying home when sick,” the county said. “We will need to continue these measures until a bigger percentage of our community is vaccinated and we have reached herd immunity for COVID-19.”

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Jacob Gore was born and raised in Cheyenne, the capital city of Wyoming. As a proud Wyomingite, he loves to share his home with visitors from around the world. Spending years in Jackson and Alaska as an interpretive nature guide, he remains a photographer, traveler, storyteller, and avid hobbyist of all-things outdoors. Jacob enjoys bridging the connection between Jackson and the rest of the state.