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COVID-19 Vaccine Updates

***CRH Administration is currently not allowing visitors in our Walk-in Clinic or Emergency Room. Non-COVID acute/critical care, OB, and surgery patients may have one visitor/birth partner at this time.

Cody Regional Health is currently asking all employees who want the vaccine to be vaccinated. We are working with Public Health to provide storage for the COVID-19 vaccines.

All public vaccinations will be handled by Park County Public Health at this time.


How does the mRNA vaccine work?

mRNA vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna are a new type of vaccine to protect against infectious diseases. To trigger an immune response, many vaccines put a weakened or inactivated germ into our bodies. Not mRNA vaccines. Instead, they teach our cells how to make a protein - or even just a piece of a protein - that triggers an immune response inside our bodies. That immune response, which produces antibodies, is what protects us from getting infected if the real COVID-19 virus enters our bodies.

What are the side effect to the vaccines?

Data from the United Kingdom indicates side effects are minor. Specific details related to product labeling in the United States is not yet available. We will continue to share additional details on vaccine safety as more information is available and our Vaccine Review Committee has completed their evaluation.

Why do I need to get two doses of the vaccine? What happens if I don’t get my second shot?

There are some viruses and some bacteria that we vaccinate against that one dose of the vaccine just doesn't provide full immunity in order to prevent illness if you were to be exposed to it, whereas priming the system allows your immune system to react to it once, create some memory and then when you get exposed to it a second time it really develops that full long term memory.

How many doses will Cody Regional Health (CRH) be getting?

CRH is closely working with supply chain and state/county officials to maximize the number of doses of vaccines. We do not have a definitive number of doses at this time. We are administering as many doses of vaccine as it becomes available to us.

How will CRH review vaccines that become available?

Cody Regional Health has established a vaccine subcommittee comprised of experts in Infection Prevention, Nursing and Pharmacy that will review all available data and make a recommendation to the Viral Management Steering Committee about proceeding to offer vaccine to employees and physicians. Park County Health will be administering the vaccine at this time to the community. CRH is committed to ensuring any vaccine provided to a CRH employee is deemed safe by our expert panel.

Who should not receive the COVID-19 vaccine?

As of now, children under 16 years of age should not receive the vaccine. If in doubt, seek advice from your primary care physician. CRH will follow guidance issued by the CDC and FDA to identify individuals who should not receive the vaccine. People currently sick and experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should not receive the vaccination until they recover.

How will CRH address increasing volume of COVID-19 patients?

CRG leadership are working to assess patient needs and available resources to best meet the needs of COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 patients. Recognizing everyone has pandemic fatigue, we are ensuring our dedicated team members have all the resources needed to deliver high-quality care patients expect from CRH.

Should our system resources become constrained, our leadership will adjust resources to accommodate the increased demand of non-elective and COVID patients accordingly.

If I already recovered from COVID-19, do I still need to get vaccinated?

You do gain natural immunity after having COVID, but there is not enough information about how long someone retains this after recovery. The CDC has not commented on whether people who had COVID-19 should get a vaccine. If you have concerns about getting the vaccine, please talk to your doctor.

Do I need to continue wearing a mask and social distancing after I receive both doses of the vaccine?

It’s important for everyone to continue using all the tools available to us to help stop this pandemic, like covering your mouth and nose with a mask, washing hands often, and staying at least 6 feet away from others. Experts need to understand more about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide before deciding to change those recommendations.

How long does the vaccine last?

We won’t know how long protection against COVID-19 will last following vaccination until we have more data.

Should I get a mRNA vaccine if I am currently sick with COVID-19?

Vaccination of persons with known current SARS-CoV-2 infection should be deferred until the person has recovered from the acute illness (if the person had symptoms) and criteria have been met for them to discontinue isolation. This recommendation applies to persons who experience SARS-CoV-2 infection before receiving any vaccine doses as well as those who experience SARS-CoV-2 infection after the first dose but before receipt of the second dose.

Should I get the mRNA vaccine if I have received monoclonal antibody therapy for recent SARS-CoV-2 infection?

Currently, there are no data on the safety and efficacy of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines in persons who received monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma as part of COVID-19 treatment. Based on the estimated half-life of such therapies and evidence suggesting that reinfection is uncommon in the 90 days after initial infection, vaccination should be deferred for at least 90 days, as a precautionary measure until additional information becomes available, to avoid potential interference of the antibody therapy with vaccine-induced immune responses. This recommendation applies to persons who receive passive antibody therapy before receiving any vaccine doses and those who receive passive antibody therapy after the first dose but before the second dose, in which case the second dose should be deferred for at least 90 days following receipt of the antibody therapy.

Do I have to quarantine if I have been exposed to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 if I have received both doses of an mRNA COVID vaccine?

Vaccinated persons are NOT required to quarantine if they meet all three of the following criteria:

  • Are fully vaccinated (i.e., ≥2 weeks following receipt of the second dose in a 2-dose series, or ≥2 weeks following receipt of one dose of a single-dose vaccine)
  • Are within 3 months following receipt of the last dose in the series
  • Have remained asymptomatic since the current COVID-19 exposure

Persons who do not meet all 3 of the above criteria should continue to follow current quarantine guidance after exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19.

What Our Patients Have to Say
  • "My wife (Gerie Helton) and I traveled to Cody for our anniversary trip to Yellowstone National Park. On September 23, 2018 which would have been the first day of our trip she dislocated her left hip ( which had been replaced in 2009 0r 2010) while putting on her socks ( of all things.) We were staying at the Sunrise Motor Inn which fortunately was a short ambulance ride to your emergency room. The experience we had beginning with the EMT's who responded to the ambulance call, to the emergency room, and the next day on the second floor of your fine hospital is what ..."

    - Terry
  • "ER department went to great lengths to make this "out of towner" feel comfortable. Dr. Polley and Nurse Sarah were very professional and had a great bedside manner. It was my worst asthma attack and I felt very confident that I was getting top notch care."

    - Kelly
  • "Had to bring my daughter for a shoulder injury, on July 4th. I was thoroughly impressed. The staff was absolutely great, very friendly and compassionate. They took great care of my daughter and explained the diagnosis and discharge orders with great detail. I only wish our ER back home could be this professional. I know this is a smaller town and more tight knit, but this hospital/ER could set an example for the rest of the country. Thanks to the staff, physician and PA for the excellent care."

    - Chris
  • "I was a walk in patient on 5/29/18. I had been sick for several days while on a month long motorhome trip. The reception staff was friendly and efficient. I was seen quickly by the PA on duty, Robert Lang. He listened to me, did an exam, diagnosed my illness as acute bronchitis, and prescribed the necessary medication. I was feeling better in just a few days which enabled me to enjoy the remainder of my trip. I was sick and a long way from home so I really appreciated the excellent and friendly care that I received."

    - Bill