Sep 28, 2021

Low vaccine rate highlights Wyoming conservative streak

Posted Sep 28, 2021 7:23 PM

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — Reserving doubts whenever others claim to know what’s best is part of life in Wyoming.

Now the Wyoming way stands out more starkly than ever with COVID-19 vaccination trends.

Wyoming’s statewide vaccination rate of 41% is second-lowest of any U.S. state and well below the national rate of 55%.

In northeastern Wyoming's Campbell County, only 23% of people are fully vaccinated, putting it among the bottom handful of counties nationwide.

Locals say they have doubts about the vaccine.

They also say they've got a right to choose whether to get the shot.

Their views coincide with a COVID-19 rate that is almost four times the national average.