The Wyoming Department of Health is strongly encouraging residents age 16 and older to get vaccinated for COVID-19 as soon as possible.

"We want you to understand vaccination is important for all people who are eligible, including those who are younger and healthy," WDH Director Michael Ceballos said in a news release Wednesday.

"Anyone can get sick due to COVID-19 and it’s hard to know how each one of us will be affected," added Ceballos. "Anyone can get the virus and pass it on to someone who could struggle."

Ceballos says he understands many people have questions about the vaccines, but he wants people to know the vaccines have been held to high safety standards and no major safety steps were skipped to develop them.

"Vaccines are our most effective tool to help stop the COVID-19 pandemic," said Ceballos.

"Thousands of Wyoming residents have been vaccinated since those first exciting days in December when the vaccines first arrived," Ceballos added. "We are already seeing fewer hospitalizations, fewer outbreaks in nursing homes and similar facilities and fewer deaths. So, yes, COVID-19 vaccines are effective."

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While much is still unknown about the coronavirus and the future, what is known is that the currently available vaccines have gone through all three trial phases and are safe and effective. It will be necessary for as many Americans as possible to be vaccinated in order to finally return to some level of pre-pandemic normalcy, and hopefully these 30 answers provided here will help readers get vaccinated as soon they are able.

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