March 4, 2021


Missoula County Vaccination Moves to Phase 1b

Missoula County residents who fall within Tier 2 of Phase 1b are now eligible to sign up to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Phase 1b includes individuals ages 16 to 69 with the following qualifying health conditions:

  • Cancer (active or in remission)
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • COPD
  • Down Syndrome
  • Heart conditions (heart failure, coronary artery disease, cardiomyopathy)
  • Immunocompromised state from solid organ transplant
  • Severe obesity with a BMI > 40
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Type 1 or 2 diabetes mellitus
  • Medical provider inclusion due to elevated risk (letter required)

Individuals who qualify under Phase 1a or Tier 1 of Phase 1b who have not yet been vaccinated remain eligible as well.

An Important Note About Vaccine Distribution

Pharmacies in Montana receive vaccine either through a state allocation or a separate federal process. As you may have read recently in the news, the national vaccine priorities do not match up precisely with the distribution phases for the state of Montana. For this reason, there can be some variation in individuals receiving the vaccine based on which phased approach the pharmacy is following (state or federal).

Montana’s COVID-19 vaccine phased administration guidance

Current COVID-19 Vaccine Recommendations by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP)

We will continue to keep University students and employees updated on current vaccine distribution and share the link to the county vaccination website to check for upcoming vaccine clinics.

Resources for UM Students and Employees

The University’s COVID website has a Student Information Section with information and links to assistance for students on everything from online learning to IT help and financial aid FAQs.

The UM Human Resource Service website has COVID resources, including information on teleworking, FAQs, Employee Assistance Program Resources for Parents of School-Aged Children, and the Employee Assistance Program for UM Employees.

Have a question? Please send an email to and we will include responses to general questions in future updates.

Be well,
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