COVID Vaccine Update from Dr. Jessi Cahoon, Pharmacy Division Director
Tribal Health continues to work with the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) and advocate for available allocations of COVID-19 vaccinations for our community.
There are limited amounts of vaccines available, and this is why the state plan prioritizes the most vulnerable groups that should be vaccinated immediately.
Right now, the following dates and groups are scheduled for getting vaccinations, which are subject to change according to availability:
December 15 - January 15 (Phase 1A)
- Frontline healthcare workers (approximately 60,000 Montanans)
- Long-term care facilities
- Healthcare workers with direct patient contact
January 15 - March 15 (Phase 1B)
- 75+ aged
- Residents of congregate care or correctional facilities
- Frontline essential workers
March 15 - July 15 (Phase 1C)
- 65+ aged
- High-risk individuals aged 16-64
- Other essential workers
July 2021 onward (Phase 2)
- General public
Currently, COVID-19 vaccines are not being offered to the general public. However, Tribal Health is identifying patients in the prioritized groups and will contact people who are eligible to get the vaccination.
At this time, please note that Tribal Health will contact you if you are in a prioritized group for COVID vaccinations. Please do not call Tribal Health Pharmacy or Medical to ask when you will get a vaccine, but please call with any other questions about the vaccine.
As the vaccine becomes more available, Tribal Health will continue to notify the public about who is eligible and how to register for an appointment to get the COVID vaccine.
We encourage everyone to get vaccinated when they become eligible because it is a key step in saving lives and ending the pandemic. We recognize this is a personal decision, though, and that many people have questions about the vaccine.
Below you will find some educational resources to help you learn more:
Right now, we also know that the COVID-19 vaccines will require two doses. Depending on which one is given, people will need to schedule coming back to their health care provider to receive the second shot 21 or 28 days apart.
A draft of the state’s COVID-19 Vaccination Plan can be found here.
As our numbers continue to rise, Tribal Health would also like to remind everyone that it is just as important to get your influenza shot. We are looking to vaccinate as a way to reduce spread of flu that also is a respiratory illness and that lands our vulnerable populations in the hospital.
It’s just as important now as it was earlier to physically distance, wear your mask and wash your hands. Also, minimize gatherings, potlucks and delay travel if possible.
For more information, please visit the Tribal Health website at www.cskthealth.org.