Wyoming Has Vaccine Plan

Henrietta Brewer
October 22, 2020

The COVID-19 vaccine plan will use a phased approach based upon CDC guidance to anticipate limited initial availability of a vaccine.

Gordon stressed that Wyoming must be assured of the safety of a vaccine befor he allows the distribution to begin.

To date, much of the media focus has been on seasonal influenza vaccines, but with prevention a hot topic more broadly, there is also the potential for manufacturers of vaccines against other diseases to tap in to this (unless, of course, they are focused on the globally slumping travel health market.). The state has had mass vaccination plans as part of its past pandemic emergency plans. Providers that enroll in Wyoming's COVID-19 vaccination program will receive the vaccine at no cost and must agree to provide the vaccine regardless of a patient's ability to pay.

The timing of the vaccine's availability remains unknown at this time, but the WDH is working to be ready to act once it becomes available.

But the report filed last week with the CDC does not make vaccines mandatory, and the DOH does not now plan to require vaccinations, a senior administration official said.

"We want to emphasize that this is the first version of our plan", Michele Roberts, Acting Assistant Secretary with executive oversight for COVID-19 vaccines, said in a statement.

She has also said state residents will have to learn to live with the presence of the virus until a vaccine is available - and likely beyond.

While a coronavirus vaccine has not yet been cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the four leading candidates each have different storage requirements.

Head of Health Protection at the PHA Dr Gerry Waldron said that vulnerable groups will still be protected from the flu despite the ordering of supplies of the vaccine being paused until mid-November due to a worldwide shortage.

Pneumococcal vaccines, in particular, could also be positioned as helping to avoid the dual burden of other respiratory infections and thus relieve pressure on healthcare systems strained by COVID-19. State health officials say the CDC will be giving them feedback on how to move forward.

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