The Gallatin County vaccine pivot

Johnson & Johnson vaccination paused

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.

By April 12, Gallatin County had a total vaccine allocation of 39,015, with J&J comprising around seven percent of that allocation or 2,800 doses.

That low percentage of J&J for total state allocation for the county gives Kelley confidence that any necessary shuffling of vaccines can take place.

“We feel good about our ability to adjust and keep shots going in arms,” he said.

The county health department has managed a few logistical issues including sending doses of the Moderna vaccine to West Yellowstone for a clinic that had been planned for J&J. Also, the county is working to get another brand of vaccine in place so Montana State University can hold its planned clinics.

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