April 8, 2021

UM COVID Communication


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Here are some of the frequently asked questions we’ve received recently:

Q: Should I laminate my CDC vaccine card?

A: While laminating your card will not invalidate it, you shouldn’t laminate for two key reasons: First, as lamination breaks down, it could make your card illegible. More importantly, if additional doses are needed in the future, it will be difficult to write the information on your card. We do recommend, however, that you save a photograph of the card.

Q:  Should I consent to having a record of my COVID-19 vaccine entered into the state system?

A: Here’s the language used in our screening questionnaire regarding record-keeping:

"I authorize my health care provider and a public health agency to collect and enter my immunization records into the Department of Public Health and Human Services’ Immunization Information System (IIS). The IIS is a confidential, computer system that contains immunization records. I understand that information in the registry may be released to a public health agency as well as my health care providers to assist in my medical care and treatment. In addition, information may be released to schools in order to comply with immunization requirements. I understand that I can revoke this authorization and have my record removed at any time by contacting my local health department."

It is your decision whether to agree to this authorization. An advantage in doing so is the information can be released to health care providers to assist in your medical care. You’ll also be able to more easily obtain proof of vaccination should you lose your vaccination card.

Q:  Which COVID-19 vaccine should I get?

A: Talk you your health care provider if you have concerns about the vaccines. The vaccine zoom webinar from March provides an overview of the types of vaccines. It’s recommended that you receive whichever vaccine is available to you, rather than waiting.

Q: Several universities have announced they will require COVID-19 vaccination before returning to school in the fall. How are they able to do that with an Emergency Use Authorization vaccine?

A: These universities (and several others) have announced vaccination requirements to be effective for fall semester – most likely in anticipation of full Food and Drug Administration approval of at least one vaccine by then. Medical and religious exemptions will also be allowed.

Q: Will UM similarly require COVID-19 vaccination?

A: Any such decision requiring COVID-19 vaccines would be made at the university system level. Presently, no decision has been made.

ICYMI: A Conversation about COVID-19 Vaccines & Vaccine Safety

In case you missed it, here’s the link to the recorded Zoom webinar on vaccine development and safety with UM researcher Jay Evans, Assistant Professor Sophia Newcomer and Dr. Jeff Adams.

COVID-19 Vaccines Now Available to all Montanans 16 and Older

To find available vaccine clinics, check the Missoula County vaccine website.

Visit https://vaccinefinder.org to find local pharmacies participating in the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program.

See Missoula County COVID-19 Vaccine Progress

More than 73,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Missoula County, and close to 27,000 residents are fully immunized according to the county vaccine distribution dashboard.

Statewide, more than 559,000 doses have been administered, with close to 227,000 Montanans fully immunized.

Be well,

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