Missoula Co. COVID-19 vaccination clinics fill up quickly

Missoula City County Health Department
Posted at 3:10 PM, Feb 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-08 18:32:14-05

UPDATE: 4:27 p.m. - Feb. 8, 2021

MISSOULA - The Missoula City-County Health Department reports that all 400 slots for Tuesday and Wednesday's COVID-19 vaccination clinics filled up in roughly eight minutes on Monday afternoon.

(first report: 3:10 p.m. - Feb. 8, 2021)

Additional COVID-19 vaccination clinics have been scheduled for this week in Missoula.

The Missoula City-County Health Department (MCCHD) will hold more public vaccination clinics on Tuesday and Wednesday at the former Lucky’s Market in the Southgate Mall.

Approximately 400 first-dose COVID-19 vaccine appointments are available, with 200 appointments scheduled each day, according to MCCHD Public Information Officer Hayley Devlin.

Appointments for the clinics will open online at 4 p.m. on Monday. The link to make appointments will be available on the Vaccine Information page here.

It should be noted that this week's clinics will not take walk-ups and appointments are mandatory. The appointments will be offered online only due to the low volume of appointments being offered.

A new online appointment software will now only require a first name, last name, and email address of the patient for an appointment. Submitting a phone number to get appointment reminders via text message will be optional, according to MCCHD.

Appointments are only available to county residents who fall into Tier 1 of Phase 1B. Tier 1 of Phase 1B includes those ages 70 and older, American Indians ages 16 and older, and people of color ages 16 and older.

Phase 1A patients will continue to be eligible.

"We appreciate the public’s patience as the large disparity between the number of people seeking vaccines and the number of vaccines available persists," Devlin stated in a news release.

"Missoula County is ready to deliver thousands of doses each day as soon as the vaccine supply increases and is made available," Devlin added.