Missoula County residents in Phase 1A and Tier 1 of Phase 1B currently are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. The Missoula County Health Board established Tier 1 within Phase 1B to prioritize individuals ages 70 and older and American Indians and people of color ages 16 and older, as they may be at an elevated risk for COVID-19. Both the statewide vaccination phases and the Missoula County tiered plan are listed on the county’s vaccine information website.
Q: The appointments fill within minutes. How can I get in?
A: Demand for the vaccine is very high, and current availability is low. We hope to see many more doses become available soon. Additionally, the sign-up software the county uses can accommodate an extremely high volume of users simultaneously. This is why the appointments fill so quickly. Keep trying! Also, the county’s call center (406-258-INFO, option 3) does have a limited number of appointments they can schedule for people without internet access or the ability to see a vaccine appointment online.
Q: How is Missoula County doing with vaccine distribution?
A: According to the Missoula County Vaccine Distribution Dashboard, which is updated weekly, there have been 16,133 doses administered and 4,419 people have received the complete two-dose series. According to the statewide dashboard, 43,778 Montanans have been fully immunized. Missoula County is second only to Yellowstone County in total doses administered and number of individuals fully immunized.
Where to Receive Vaccine
Missoula County will have more than 25 providers that will be able to administer the COVID-19 vaccine. The county’s vaccine information website contains a table of current active providers, who can receive vaccine at that location and how to make an appointment. This information is constantly changing. Please bookmark the site and visit frequently if you currently are seeking a COVID-19 vaccine and are eligible in the current distribution phase.
CDC Quarantine Recommendations for Vaccinated Persons
On Feb. 10, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated quarantine recommendations for vaccinated persons, noting fully vaccinated persons who meet criteria will no longer be required to quarantine following an exposure to someone with COVID-19. CDC officials discussed this with our Missoula City-County Health Department partners, and MCCHD reports it reads the CDC guidance and assesses additional considerations before releasing specific guidance for Missoula County. There are nuanced considerations, including time elapsed since the second dose.
Q. How does this impact students living in residence halls?
A. UM will align our quarantine and isolation procedures with their guidance once it’s available.
If you have a specific question for UM's COVID Response Team, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll respond directly or include your answer in a future update.