Feb. 25, 2021

COVID Update



Updated Missoula County Board of Health
Comprehensive COVID-19 Mitigation Requirements

Last week, the Missoula City-County Health Board adopted revised Comprehensive COVID-19 Mitigation Requirements. There are changes to the event and gathering requirements, which will be reviewed, and changes regarding University events may be modified accordingly. We are still reviewing the new requirements. Currently, UM event guidance has not changed.

COVID-19 Printable Signs Available

The University’s COVID-19 website has printable signs for masks requirements, social distancing, health guidelines, building access, occupancy and more. If you are in need of something that’s not already available on the site, please email Kayla Haar in University Marketing.

Johnson & Johnson Single-Dose COVID-19 Vaccine
Nears FDA Emergency Use Authorization

FDA officials will meet Friday, Feb. 26, to discuss granting emergency use authorization for the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Johnson & Johnson-owned Janssen Pharmaceuticals. FDA scientists have confirmed the single-dose vaccine is about 66% effective at preventing moderate to severe COVID-19. Perhaps most beneficial is that ultra-cold storage is not required.

Q. When will the Johnson & Johnson vaccine be available in Montana?

A. In testimony before the House Energy and Commerce Committee this week, Janssen reported, once granted the emergency use authorization, about 4 million doses will be available immediately, with another estimated 20 million by the end of March. It is unclear when or how many doses will reach Montana, but likely in the next two to three weeks.

All three vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson) are highly effective in preventing hospitalizations and death from severe illness due to COVID-19. Questions or concerns about COVID-19 vaccines should be discussed with your primary care provider.

The Mayo Clinic also has an informative website on COVID-19 vaccines.

Missoula County Vaccine Administration Continues

Data posted today on the Missoula County Vaccine Distribution Dashboard indicates 25,130 individuals in Missoula County have received the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, and 8,763 have completed the two-dose series. Statewide, more than 73,000 Montanans now are fully vaccinated.

Missoula County residents in Phase 1A and Tier 1 of Phase 1B are currently eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Where to Receive Vaccine

The Missoula County vaccine information website contains a table of current active providers that can receive vaccine at that location and how to make an appointment. This information is constantly changing. Please bookmark this site and visit frequently if you are currently seeking a COVID-19 vaccine and are eligible in the current distribution phase.

Have a question? Please email crt@mso.umt.edu, and we will include responses to general questions in future updates.

Be well,

COVID Response Team

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