Missoula County COVID-19 vaccination update

Missoula Health Department
Posted at 4:13 PM, Jan 20, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-20 18:13:34-05

MISSOULA — Much of Montana is wrapping up its first phase of vaccine distribution, moving on to phase 1B but Missoula is expected to stay in Phase 1A until the end of the month.

Missoula County COVID-19 Incident Commander Cindy Farr says when the vaccine is ready for you, residents will be able to get it at about 20 different locations across the county -- including, the former Lucky's Market site at Southgate Mall.

“It's not quite ready yet, but we plan to get it up and running sometime next week,” Farr said.

But she added that we still have healthcare workers that need their shots.

"If you are a phase 1A healthcare worker who signed up to get your COVID-19 vaccine through the health department on our portal, that webform, it is critical that you answer your phone when the department calls you,” Farr said.

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Farr says vaccine amounts are still limited, “I just want to make sure that we're really clear so you know what to expect."

Additionally, the Missoula City-County Health Department (MCCHD) doesn't control how much vaccine they get.

"This allocation is determined by DPHHS, and the amount of vaccine DPHHS gets is determined by the federal government,” Farr explained.

Farr says the state has been giving MCCHD about 300 doses per week, and they expect that to ramp up in the coming weeks as more vaccine is being produced.

Farr also says in the coming weeks you'll be able to track our vaccine distribution on the COVID-19 website.

Farr says Phase 1B will be a tiered rollout system, and those 70 and older will be first in line. Once additional information for Phase 1B is released, we will be sure to let you know.