Governor Gianforte announced on March 16 that the COVID-19 vaccine will be available for all Montanans beginning on April 1, 2021. In a press conference, Gianforte said, “A few months ago, projections estimated Montanans 16 and older would be eligible for the vaccine as late as mid-July. Today, I’m pleased to announce that we’re moving up that timeline. All Montanans 16 and older will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine on April 1st.”
The Governor encouraged Montanans to get a vaccine, renewing his intention to receive the vaccine as soon as he is able. “I look forward to getting the vaccine when my name is called, and I encourage all Montanans to consider doing the same. Getting one of these safe, effective vaccines will protect you, your loved ones, and your neighbors from this virus. It will help us get back to a more normal life.”
Getting the COVID vaccine to the residents of Montana has been a priority for the Governor since he took office. Beginning with those most vulnerable to COVID-19, Gianforte has pushed for efficient distribution of the vaccine. So far, 367,211 doses of the vaccine have been administered, and over 142,490 residents have been fully immunized. “Improving Montana’s response to this pandemic has been my top priority as your governor. We took a strictly data-driven approach to protect the most vulnerable, and it’s saving lives.” The number of newly-confirmed cases continues to drop.
First-dose COVID-19 vaccination clinics organized by the Yellowstone County Unified Health Command (UHC) are continuing at Cedar Hall on the MetraPark midway. Appointments are posted weekly at mtreadyclinic.org. These vaccinations are provided at no charge. Clinics are staffed by Montana National Guard, Billings Clinic, St. Vincent Healthcare and RiverStone Health.
For further information, visit covid.riverstonehealth.org or call the RiverStone Health Public Health Information Line at 406.651.6415.