Niobrara County Public Health to receive 400 COVID-19 vaccines

Heather Goddard/Lusk Herald Niobrara County residents line up for public health’s first drive-through COVID-19 vaccine clinic Jan. 12.

NIOBRARA COUNTY – Niobrara County is set to receive 400 Moderna COVID-19 vaccines throughout February, 100 each week, according to the Wyoming Department of Health.

Vaccines are allocated based on population size, according to Niobrara County Emergency Response Coordinator Heather Saul, and Niobrara has the smallest population of Wyoming’s 23 counties.

Niobrara County Public Health Nurse Melanie Pearce said her office is planning what will likely be weekly vaccine clinics that will be open to the priority groups in 1a and 1b, including first responders, health care personnel, law enforcement, residents aged 70 and older and K-12 school staff. Residents aged 65 and older and anyone with certain chronic health conditions were recently added to priority group 1b, according to the WDH, so clinics will be open to them, as well.

“Everyone seems to be really thankful,” Pearce said of the community response to the COVID-19 vaccine clinics. “The sense I get is that they’re glad we had a dose for them.”

A form to join the waiting list for a vaccine is available on the Niobrara County Public Health Facebook page, or residents can call the office at (307) 334-4032. Pearce said there are roughly 50 people on the COVID-19 vaccine waiting list at this time, and those who fall within priority groups 1a and 1b will be called first to receive a vaccine when they become available.

As of Jan. 31, 338 Niobrara County residents have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and 27 have received their second dose, according to the WDH.

Pearce received both doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. She said she felt muscle aches and a headache for a day after her second dose.

“Most people that get their second dose that I've talked to have felt something more than after their first dose,” she said.

Niobrara County has zero active COVID-19 cases as of press time Tuesday, as the one case listed on the WDH website is a college student who has a Lusk address but is not currently living in town, Pearce said.

The Niobrara County Senior Center is back to normal operations with COVID-19 related precautions. Meals are available either in-person or via delivery, according to Director Mary Larson, and bingo and card games are back on.

This Friday, the center will hold a Super Bowl party for lunch, Larson said.

For information about upcoming COVID-19 vaccine clinics, visit Niobrara County Public Health’s Facebook page.


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