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Vaccines to be offered to those 18-years-old and up

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Gov. Greg Gianforte is opening up COVID-19 vaccine availability to Montana residents who are 16-years-old and older.

To accommodate this change. the Richland County Health Department is currently taking names and phone numbers of residents 18-and-older for their vaccine waiting list.

The Richland clinic is currently receiving the Moderna and Janssen vaccines.

The Moderna vaccine requires two doses administered 28 days apart. This vaccine is only approved for residents 18-years-old and older.

The Janssen vaccine by Johnson & Johnson is a single-dose vaccine. This vaccine is a single-dose vaccing and also recommended for residents 18-years-old and older.

The vaccines also requires a post vaccination monitoring period of between 15-30 minutes. With an appointment, those receiving the vaccine at the Richland Clinic can expect to be at the clinic 20-40 minutes for each appointment.

The expected wait time is currently 2-3 weeks but could change depending on the availability of vaccines.

To schedule an appointment or for more information call the clinic at 406-433-6947 and leave your name and phone number.

Also, Montana’s allotment for COVID-19 vaccine first doses will significantly increase next week as the state will start receiving additional doses of the Moderna vaccine as well as an allotment of the Johnson & Johnson one-dose vaccine.

According to the Montana Department of Public Health, the Pfizer first dose COVID vaccine allotment is set to increase by 2,340 and the state will also receive an additional 4,900 of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine The increases mean an additional 7,240 doses next week. The additional allotments will give the state 17,550 Pfizer first dose vaccines, 10,400 Moderna first-dose vaccines and 6,100 Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccines.

These doses are specifically allocated to the state and do not include doses allocated to the Department of Veterans Affairs, Indian Health Services or other federal programs delivered directly to Montana.

Montana Senator Jon Tester issued a statement about the increased allotment. “Each week we’re getting more and more Montanans vaccinated, which is the key to putting this pandemic behind us and getting our economy back on track,” Tester said. “These increases in dose allocations are welcome news for the Treasure State, and I’ll continue working with this Administration to ramp up our supply so we can ensure every Montanan can access a vaccine as soon as possible, no matter who they are or where they live.”

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