Bozeman Health Big Sky COVID-19 vaccination clinics have been streamlined similar to flu shot clinics – expediting service while maintaining social distancing.
The Johnson and Johnson (J&J) COVID-19 vaccine administration has been paused by the United States Centers for Disease Control and the Federal Drug Administration due to rare but serious instances of blood clotting.
Gallatin City-County Health Officer Matt Kelley provided an update as to how that impacts the county.
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Currently, Madison County is in Phase 1B+ of COVID-19 vaccine administration. Subject to vaccine availability, Madison Valley Medical Center (MVMC) will have 30 doses (per clinic) of COVID-19 vaccine to be administered locally.
Two weeks ago I turned 18 and along with the excitement of this important date, there was better news. I was now eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine because I am Latina; in Montana Latinos and other people of color are priority groups for receiving the shots because we are more vulnerable to the virus.
It is a fact that Latinos are more at risk of acquiring and spreading Covid than non-Hispanic whites. It is also a fact that Latinos as a group are more resistant to the idea of vaccinations; up to 30% fewer Latinos opt into any adult vaccinations.
This week partners from Big Sky Resort Area District, Bozeman Health, Madison Valley Medical Center, Gallatin City-County Health Department, and Madison County Public Health Department met to increase cross-county collaboration for vaccinations in Big Sky.