Tribal Health continues to work with the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) and to advocate for available allocations of COVID-19 vaccinations for our community.
 
There are limited amounts of vaccines available, thus the state plan prioritizes the most vulnerable groups.  
 
As of today, Friday, January 15, 2021, the most recent allocation for Tribal Health is completely scheduled out for vaccination of our elder population. We do not have any more appointments available for this week. 
 
As we receive more information and more allocations of the COVID vaccine from the state, we will update the community. Please know that Tribal Health continues to identify and call those who are in the prioritized categories, to schedule vaccinations.
 
To date, we are now beginning to move into Phase 1B of the state vaccination plan. Below, please find more detailed information about this prioritized group of patients and timelines.
 
Tribal Health is currently vaccinating Tribal Elders (those over age 70). Tribal Health is actively identifying and calling this group of patients to schedule vaccinations as more doses become available.
 
As always, this planning is subject to change, according to availability of the vaccines. 
 
December 15 - January 15 (Phase 1A)
  • Frontline healthcare workers 
• Long-term Care and Assisted Living Facilities (LTC/ALF) 
• Healthcare workers with direct patient contact or virus exposure 
 
January 15 - March 15 (Phase 1B)
  • Persons aged 70 years and older 
  • American Indians and other people of color who may be at elevated risk for COVID-19 complications 
  • Persons aged 16-69 with high-risk medical conditions. Qualifying medical conditions include: 
o Cancer 
o Chronic kidney disease 
o COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) 
o Down Syndrome 
o Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies 
o Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant 
o Severe Obesity (BMI ≥ 40 kg/m2) 
o Sickle cell disease 
o Type 1 & 2 Diabetes mellitus 
o On a case by case basis, medical providers may include individuals with other conditions that place them at elevated risk for COVID-19 related complications. 
 
 
March 15 - July 15 (Phase 1C)
  • Frontline Essential Workers 
• Persons aged 60 years and older 
• Individuals residing in congregate care and correctional facilities 
  • Persons aged 16-59 with medical conditions not included in phase 1B that may have an elevated-risk of COVID-19 complications, conditions include: 
o Asthma (moderate-to-severe) 
o Cerebrovascular disease (affects blood vessels and blood supply to the brain) 
o Cystic fibrosis 
o Hypertension or high blood pressure 
o Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from blood or bone marrow transplant, immune deficiencies, HIV, use of corticosteroids, or use of other immune weakening medicines 
o Neurologic conditions, such as dementia 
o Liver disease 
o Overweight (BMI > 25 kg/m2, but < 40 kg/m2) 
o Pulmonary fibrosis (having damaged or scarred lung tissues) 
o Thalassemia (a type of blood disorder) 
 
 
July 2021 onward (Phase 2) 
  • All remaining Montanans aged 16 or older 
 
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 to the larger community, 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’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.

 

From: Chelsea Kleinmeyer, Community Health Division Director

 

Tribal Health continues to work with the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) and to advocate for available allocations of COVID-19 vaccinations for our community.

 

There are limited amounts of vaccines available, thus the state plan prioritizes the most vulnerable groups. 

 

To date, we are now beginning to move into Phase 1B of the state vaccination plan.  Below, please find more detailed information about this prioritized group of patients and timelines.

 

Tribal Health has also begun to vaccinate Tribal Elders (those over age 70).  Tribal Health is actively identifying and calling this group of patients to schedule vaccinations as more doses become available.

 

As always, this planning is subject to change, according to availability of the vaccines. 

 

December 15 - January 15 (Phase 1A)

  • Frontline healthcare workers 

• Long-term Care and Assisted Living Facilities (LTC/ALF) 

• Healthcare workers with direct patient contact or virus exposure 

 

January 15 - March 15 (Phase 1B)

  • Persons aged 70 years and older 
  • American Indians and other people of color who may be at elevated risk for COVID-19 complications 
  • Persons aged 16-69 with high-risk medical conditions. Qualifying medical conditions include: 

o Cancer 

o Chronic kidney disease 

o COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) 

o Down Syndrome 

o Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies 

o Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant 

o Severe Obesity (BMI ≥ 40 kg/m2) 

o Sickle cell disease 

o Type 1 & 2 Diabetes mellitus 

o On a case by case basis, medical providers may include individuals with other conditions that place them at elevated risk for COVID-19 related complications. 

 

 

March 15 - July 15 (Phase 1C)

  • Frontline Essential Workers 

• Persons aged 60 years and older 

• Individuals residing in congregate care and correctional facilities 

  • Persons aged 16-59 with medical conditions not included in phase 1B that may have an elevated-risk of COVID-19 complications, conditions include: 

o Asthma (moderate-to-severe) 

o Cerebrovascular disease (affects blood vessels and blood supply to the brain) 

o Cystic fibrosis 

o Hypertension or high blood pressure 

o Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from blood or bone marrow transplant, immune deficiencies, HIV, use of corticosteroids, or use of other immune weakening medicines 

o Neurologic conditions, such as dementia 

o Liver disease 

o Overweight (BMI > 25 kg/m2, but < 40 kg/m2) 

o Pulmonary fibrosis (having damaged or scarred lung tissues) 

o Thalassemia (a type of blood disorder) 

 

 

July 2021 onward (Phase 2) 

  • All remaining Montanans aged 16 or older 

 

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 to the larger community, 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’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.

 

Today the first shipment of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine arrived to Tribal Health.
 
Pharmacy Division Director, Dr. Jessi Cahoon, received the first dose. Watch Sam Buffalo give a blessing, and Dr. Cahoon explain what happens in the process here!
 
 
 
 
 
 
Because the initial supply is very limited, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is directing the first doses to certain health care personnel, as well as residents and patients in long-term care facilities. 
 
This means, that the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) is following CDC recommendations, and will give the first shipments of the vaccine to these populations first in our state.
 
At this moment, COVID-19 vaccines are not being offered to the general public. However, Tribal Health continues to work closely with the state, and we will keep you updated when the vaccine is readily available to broader groups.  
 
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:
 
 
Some ways that we will prepare for the vaccine once it becomes more readily available, is by creating a preregistration process for people to sign up to get the COVID-19 immunization.
 
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. 
 
The Pfizer vaccine was the first to arrive to the state and went out to the bigger hospitals first. Moderna is the second vaccine and can be sent in smaller shipments. We could see a combination of these two vaccines at Tribal Health.
 
Initially, there will be a limited amount of vaccines available, and this is why the state plan prioritizes the most vulnerable groups that should be vaccinated immediately. It is estimated that in Montana, there are 60,000 health care workers who will be first in line to receive the first shipments of the COVID-19 vaccines.
 
Tribal Health will continue to advocate for vaccines for the Tribal Health population as more and more vaccination doses become available.
 
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. 
 
 
 
 
PLEASE WEAR A MASK

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.

 

Tribal Health received notification that the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) is allocating 100 doses of the new Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to Tribal Health.
 
The shipment of the vaccine is expected to arrive at the St. Ignatius Health Center on Tuesday or Wednesday.
 
According to the state plan, frontline health care and elder care workers are to receive the vaccinations first.  
 
At this moment, COVID-19 vaccines are not being offered to the general public. However, Tribal Health continues to work closely with the state, and we will keep you updated when the vaccine is readily available to broader groups.  
 
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:
 
 
Some ways that we will prepare for the vaccine once it becomes more readily available, is by creating a preregistration process for people to sign up to get the COVID-19 immunization.
 
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.  
 
The Pfizer vaccine was the first vaccine to arrive to Montana, and was sent primarily to the bigger hospitals first. Moderna is the second vaccine and can be sent in smaller shipments.
Initially, there will be a limited amount of vaccines available, and this is why the state plan prioritizes the most vulnerable groups that should be vaccinated immediately. It is estimated that in Montana, there are 60,000 health care workers who will be first in line to receive the first shipments of the COVID-19 vaccines.
 
Tribal Health will continue to advocate for vaccines for the Tribal Health population as more and more vaccination doses become available.
 
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. 

 

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