Tyler Johnson, [email protected]
ROCK SPRINGS, WYOMING (May 3, 2021) – Despite national media reports that people are skipping out on their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, health professionals are saying that is not an issue in Sweetwater County.
“No show for second dose has not been a huge problem in Sweetwater County,” said Dr. Jean Stachon, the county’s public health officer.
Public Health Director Kim Lionberger added that if people miss their second dose appointment, they will reach out and get it rescheduled.
Bailie Dockter, Chief Executive Officer for Castle Rock Medical Center in Green River, said that they have a 95% second-dose rate.
Around 23.78% of the county’s population is fully vaccinated. Seniors 65 years old or older have a higher fully vaccinated percentage at 59.97%. Adults 18 years old or older are fully vaccinated at 31.48%.
“We’re in a lot better position, but we are not out of the woods,” said Stachon, regarding the county’s current COVID-19 state.
Sweetwater County is one of five Wyoming counties that remain in the yellow zone, which means moderate transmission levels. However, the county has 172 cases per 100,000 population and that would be considered in the orange zone at moderate-high transmission levels.
Sweetwater County has a 4.6% positivity rate, which is second highest in the state to Sublette County with 5.2%.
There are 45 active cases in the county.