Vaccine registration opens for those with certain chronic conditions, on disability waivers, caregivers

JACKSON, Wyo. — Beginning today, the Teton County Health Department has opened registration for those with certain chronic conditions, on disability waivers, and caregivers.

Individuals can add their names to a list that will be used to schedule appointments for the COVID-19 vaccine beginning the end of February and into March.

The population groups that can now register include:

• Individuals with chronic conditions including cancer (current diagnosis), chronic kidney disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (including emphysema, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, cystic fibrosis, and chronic bronchitis), solid organ transplant, sickle cell disease, down syndrome, pregnancy, diabetes, heart conditions (such as heart failure, coronary artery disease and cardiomyopathies), obesity (BMI over 30), immunocompromised state from solid organ transplant; blood or bone marrow transplant; immune deficiencies; long term high dose corticosteroids; or other immune weakening medicines; severe neurologic conditions (including motor neuron disease, myasthenia gravis, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, cerebral palsy, quadriplegia or hemiplegia, progressive cerebellar disease, epilepsy, stroke, and dementia)
• Individuals on the Wyoming Medicaid Community Choices Waiver and on the Developmental Disabilities Waiver
• Caregivers who are caring for a person who is at high risk for COVID-19 and cannot receive the vaccine

Individuals will be randomly selected from the registration list weekly depending on vaccine availability, and those with chronic diseases listed in subgroup 7 on the Wyoming Department of Health’s COVID-19 Vaccination Priorities will be scheduled for the COVID vaccine before those individuals who qualify for the vaccine based on the conditions listed in subgroups 8, 9 and 10.

The registration for those 65+ will continue to remain open. To view all registration forms please the Teton County website or call the COVID hotline at 307-732-8628 (option one to connect to their call center where assistance can be found with the registration process).

For individuals who qualify for the vaccine through their employment, Teton County is continuing to contact employers directly to determine a point of contact for each business and to streamline vaccine messages to staff.

During the end of February, the county is beginning to reach out to employers who fall into the following categories: public transit, grocery stores, commercial meat processing, food supply chain facilities, food manufacturers with more than 25 employees, US postal service employees, delivery service companies such as FedEx and UPS (subgroups 7, 8 and 9 in Phase 1b). If you are an employer who falls into subgroup 10 in Phase 1b or Phase 1c the county says they are not ready to receive information yet.

“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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