JACKSON, Wyo. —According to numbers provided by the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH), over 111,000 Wyomingites are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of today.
The latest COVID-19 vaccine distribution statistics on the WDH’s website indicate that 105,530 second doses of the two-dose Pfizer/Moderna vaccine were administered as of Apr. 5. Additionally, 6,894 doses of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine have been administered.
These 111,000 fully vaccinated residents count for nearly 20% of Wyoming’s population. While such numbers are hopeful and encouraging, the World Health Organization (WHO) explained that with a virus such as SARS-CoV-2, close to the entirety of the population will need to be vaccinated in order to reach herd immunity.
Right now, WHO says that the proportion of the population that must be vaccinated against COVID-19 to begin inducing herd immunity is not known. However, herd immunity against measles requires about 95% of a population to be vaccinated and polio requires around 80%.
With this at hand, the state of Wyoming is pumping out its vaccine supply in record numbers. With a total of 149,988 first doses given across the state, around 80% of the total Pfizer/Moderna supply has been utilized and distributed.
However, only 57% of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine has been administered, with 11,800 doses received but only 6,894 administered.
Therefore, WDH continues to remind Wyoming residents that vaccines are free and effective against the virus, and residents are encouraged to receive vaccinations to protect themselves and their communities.
Last week, the state announced an open vaccination period. Anyone in the state of Wyoming who is 16 or older can be vaccinated.
For more information on vaccine locations or any of the COVID-19 vaccines visit the WDH’s website.
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Caroline Chapman is a Community News Reporter who recently made Jackson home. Born and raised in Connecticut, she enjoys reading non-fiction, skiing, hiking, and playing piano in her downtime. She is most passionate about delivering and pursuing stories that directly impact the lives of individuals in the community. Her favorite aspect about living in Jackson is the genuine admiration that Wyomingites share for the land and the life that it sustains.
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