COVID-19

The Gallatin County vaccine pivot

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.

The vaccination push

Sixty two doses of COVID-19 vaccine were delivered to Big Sky School District 72 faculty and staff. This came as a result of a March 17 vaccination clinic held in the Ophir Elementary School gym. The effort was a part of the federal allocation of vaccines earmarked for educators and school staff.

Madison Valley Medical Center

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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.

Samantha Suazo, a Latina, receiving her Covid vaccine at the Big Sky Medical Center. PHOTO COURTESY SAMANTHA SUAZO

My vaccine experience

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.

Politics of a pandemic

It has been an interesting year of politics amidst a pandemic. Gov. Greg Gianforte (R-MT) decided to roll-back the statewide mask mandate created by former Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock, who termed-out and vied for a Senate seat.

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