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.
Being Gallatin City-County Health Department (GCCHD) Health Officer during a pandemic, particularly during one with such polarization and debate regarding masks and vaccinations is a career-defining task.
There is no stagnancy during a pandemic. As the virus has altered, so have local health rules. The Gallatin City-County Board of Health, with the job of keeping the populace safe, has made a number of changes to local emergency rules. Those rules have been established to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in Gallatin County.
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.
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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.
On Friday, March 12, 2021, the Gallatin City-County Board of Health will hold a special meeting to consider amending a COVID-19 related local public health rule to allow for increased group size limitations for events and group gatherings in Gallatin County.
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 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.
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.