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Wyoming to get fewer vaccine doses than expected this month

December 23, 2020 GMT

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming could receive 7,000 fewer coronavirus vaccine doses this month than initially estimated due to a production discrepancy, state health officials said.

A county-by-county distribution schedule published by the Wyoming Department of Health estimates the state will receive 20,325 vaccine doses by the end of December — a decline of 7,000 from the previous estimate, the Casper Star-Tribune reported Wednesday.

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The schedule reflects a change because “Pfizer shipments decreased for the last 2 weeks of December due to differences between estimated production and actual production,” department spokeswoman Kim Deti said.

The state will also see slightly fewer doses of the Moderna vaccine than expected, Deti said. However, she also emphasized that the numbers could change and the schedule is tentative.

About 5,000 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine were delivered to the state last week, officials said, adding that another 2,000 are expected this week.

The separate Moderna vaccine was approved late last week and 10,000 doses are expected to be delivered this week to Wyoming.

For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some — especially older adults and people with existing health problems — it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia, and death.