Vaccines are prepped at the future Target location. Photo: NIck Sulzer // Buckrail

JACKSON, Wyo. — The Teton County Health Department is transitioning to Phase 2 of the COVID-19 vaccine distribution. Beginning tomorrow, Tuesday, March 30, 2021, at 9 a.m. COVID-19 vaccine appointments for the general public will be released on the Health Department’s vaccine webpage.

Teton County Health Department will be releasing 3,300 first dose appointments during the first two weeks in April.  Saturday, April 10, 2021, will be a special clinic using the Janssen vaccine. Appointments on Tuesday, April 6, Wednesday, April 7, Thursday, April 15, and Friday, April 16 will be for the Pfizer vaccine (which is a two-dose vaccine approved for individuals 16 and older).

Photo: Nick Sulzer // Buckrail

The Teton County Health Department asks that those community members age 16+ who live or work in Teton County sign up for an appointment on one of the Pfizer vaccine clinic days and also be available three weeks later so that vaccine is not wasted.  Additional vaccine appointments for the last two weeks of April will be released on Monday, April 12, 2021.

Photo: Nick Sulzer // Buckrail

“We ask for the community’s patience during this transition and want to make community members aware that the platform used to schedule our COVID-19 vaccine appointments may crash due to the number of individuals simultaneously trying to schedule appointments,” Teton County Health Department said in a press release. “Unfortunately, there is nothing we can do to correct this on our end and are sorry in advance for any frustration this causes. If this happens to you, please check back later for the error to be remedied. We will continue to open more COVID-19 vaccine appointments for the community weekly or as more appointments become available due to cancellations and double bookings.”

Community members can also book vaccine appointments at Albertson’s by visiting, https://www.mhealthappointments.com/covidappt or Smith’s pharmacies by visiting, https://www.smithsfoodanddrug.com/rx/covid-eligibility. Both local pharmacies have the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine which is approved for individuals 18 and older. The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is a two-dose vaccine that is given 28 days apart. If you book an appointment for the Moderna vaccine, please be available 4 weeks later for your second dose so that vaccine is not wasted.  The Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine is still in very limited supply.  You will need to check with each vaccine provider to see if they have any appointments available for this COVID-19 vaccine.

The Phase 1 registration will still remain open for those community members who are healthcare workers, individuals 50 and older, or have a chronic condition that was listed in the Wyoming Department of Health’s COVID Vaccine Priority Groups.  If you meet the criteria for Phase 1 please add yourself to our Phase 1 Registration List by visiting, www.tetoncountywy.gov/covidvax and we will ensure that you are prioritized and scheduled for a COVID vaccine appointment.  Essential workers who qualified for the COVID vaccine in Phase 1b or 1c will now need to schedule a vaccine appointment on our website, www.tetoncountywy.gov/covidvax with the public.

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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.