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Following the full FDA approval of the Pfizer Covid-19 Vaccine, Cheyenne-Laramie County Health Department is hoping residents are encouraged to get vaccinated

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COVID-19 Vaccinations(Mia Johnson)
Published: Aug. 26, 2021 at 6:57 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine three days ago, and Cheyenne-Laramie County Health Department (CLCHD) is hopeful the approval will prompt residents to get vaccinated.

“It’s one more stamp of approval, or one more layer, and what I am hoping is comfort for people who were concerned about getting the vaccination,” said Kathy Emmons, Executive Director of CLCHD.

CLCHD has been working to make Covid vaccines and tests accessible for city/county residents. Although it has only been a few days since the full approval, Emmons said vaccine numbers have not yet seen an increase.

“As more and more folks get it, their neighbors get it, their family; that will help them decide ‘yeah, maybe it is time’. It’s time to help protect themselves, it’s time to help protect their family and the rest of the community, because we continue to see those folks who are hospitalized, who are very sick, the folks that are on the ventilators or the intensive care unit, the vast majority of those people are non-vaccinated. We know it works,” said Emmons.

Emmons said the sooner more people in the community get fully vaccinated, the sooner the number of active coronavirus cases will decrease in Laramie County and the virus will stop mutating.

“We are going to continue to push the information out and everybody that gets vaccinated is just one more step toward getting back to a more normal life, which we are all really excited for. I think everybody is really over Covid; certainly, everyone here at the health department is very much over it. So any step that we can take toward getting more people vaccinated, people wearing masks while they’re in public; that’s just going to help us get back to normal.”

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