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2nd University of Montana COVID-19 vaccine clinic appointments fill up quickly

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Posted at 2:48 PM, Feb 04, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-04 16:48:15-05

MISSOULA — Registration for the second public COVID-19 clinic set for this weekend at the University of Montana is full.

With demand far outpacing the supply of 800 vaccines, appointments filled up quickly, according to Missoula County officials.

Registration for Sunday's clinic began at 1 p.m. and all of the appointments filled up in approximately an hour.

Additional clinics will be scheduled as vaccine supply arrives in Missoula County.

Residents should continue to monitor covid19.missoula.co for upcoming public vaccine clinics.

About 20% of Sunday's appointments are reserved for those without Internet access or who are not proficient online.

This clinic is free, regardless of whether people have health insurance. However, people who do have health insurance should bring a copy of their insurance card as insurance will be billed an administrative fee to help cover costs associated with the clinic. The fee will not result in an out-of-pocket cost to insured people.

The Vaccine Coordination Team is also working to plan vaccine clinics in outlying areas of Missoula County, according to a news release. Details on those clinics will be announced when they’re confirmed.

Several area healthcare providers also continue to administer vaccine as supply allows, and people can find information on their provider at covid19.missoula.co or by calling 406-258-INFO.

Residents can help providers by refraining from calling them directly and using the website instead. Missoula County has more than two dozen vaccine providers registered to administer the COVID-19 vaccine.

However, the availability of vaccine continues to be the limiting factor to getting more residents vaccinated. The vaccine scarcity is not unique to Missoula County or to Montana; the shortage is nationwide.

Health department leaders continue to advocate for more doses at every opportunity.