COVID-19 Vaccine

We are currently in Tier1A and Tier 1B of vaccine distribution.

Tier 1A
Tier 1B
Tier 1C
Tier 2

Page Last Updated 1/27/2021. More information will be released as it becomes available. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.

Flathead County is following the Montana COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Plan.

Beginning January 19th, 2021 COVID-19 vaccine will be available on an appointment-only basis for individuals in Tier1A and Tier1B.

Reminders:

  • The number of appointments available each week is dependent on vaccine allocation. Vaccine availability is very limited at this time, and FCCHD is unsure of how much vaccine will be shipped each week. As such, appointment scheduling will be done on a week-by-week basis, and vaccine will not be immediately available to all individuals who qualify.

  • Currently, the number of people who want the vaccine is far greater than the amount of doses we are getting from federal and state supplies.

  • All individuals on the list to receive COVID-19 vaccine will be called to schedule an appointment once a vaccine becomes available. Once you are added to the list it will be several weeks before an FCCHD staff member will call to schedule you.

  • Click here to view the Montana COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard.

Individuals in Tier1A and Tier1B may choose one of the following options to be added to the list to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Please note that due to limited vaccine it could take several weeks before an FCCHD staff member will follow up to schedule your appointment. Please know that you will be called to schedule an appointment when a vaccine becomes available. 

Option 1:

  • Fill out our online Vaccine Request Form.

  • Enter your information and submit the form. Once submitted you will be added to the list. Please only submit one form. Please note that due to limited vaccine supply it will take several weeks before you are called to be scheduled.

Option 2:

  • Call the COVID-19 Vaccine at 406-751-8119. Please note that we are experiencing extremely high call volume and callers will be directed to leave a voicemail.

  • Individuals are asked to leave a voicemail with their name, date of birth, and phone number, and FCCHD will return calls to schedule appointments based on weekly vaccine allotment. Calls for scheduling will be returned in the order in which they are received, and individuals should only leave one voicemail. Please note that due to limited vaccine supply it will take several weeks before you are called to be scheduled.

Until the vaccine is widely available, everyone should continue to follow critical public health protocols:

  • Avoid large crowds and social gatherings.

  • Wear a mask in public.

  • Maintain social distancing (6ft) from non-household members.

Vaccine Tiers
Why do I need an appointment?
About the Vaccine
What Vaccine Tier Am I In?
What to expect at your vaccine appointment.
Benefits of receiving a COVID-19 vaccine
Vaccine Request Form
Printable Resources

Explore More COVID-19 Vaccine Resources:

Governor Gianforte’s COVID-19 Taskforce: Montana COVID-19 Vaccine Tiers

Tier 1A Recipients

  • Frontline healthcare workers

  • Long term care and assisted living facilities

  • Healthcare workers with direct patient contact or virus exposure

Tier 1B Recipients

  • Persons aged 70 years and older

  • American Indians and other people of color who may be at elevated risk for COVID-19 complications

  • Persons aged 16-69 with any of the following high risk medical conditions:

    • Cancer

    • Chronic Kidney Disease

    • COPD

    • Down Syndrome

    • Heart conditions such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies

    • Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant

    • Severe obesity (BMI ≥ 40 kg/m2)

    • Sickle cell disease

    • Type 1 & 2 diabetes mellitus

    • On a case by case basis, medical providers may include individuals with other conditions that place them at elevated risk.

Tier 1C Recipients:

  • Frontline essential workers

  • Persons aged 60 years and older

  • Individuals residing in congregate care and correctional facilities

  • Persons aged 15-69 with medical conditions not included in tier1b that may have an elevated risk of COVID-19 complications, including:

    • Asthma (moderate to severe)

    • Cerebrovascular disease

    • Cystic fibrosis

    • Hypertension or high blood pressure

    • Immunocompromised state from blood or bone marrow transplant, immune deficiencies, HIV, use of corticosteroids, or other immune weakening medicines

    • Neurologic conditions, such as dementia

    • Liver disease

    • Overweight (BMI > 25 kg/m2, but < 40 kg/m2)

    • Pulmonary fibrosis (having damaged or scarred lung tissues)

    • Thalassemia (a type of blood disorder)

Tier 2 Recipients:

  • All remaining Montanans aged 16 years and older

Why do I need to make an appointment?

Vaccine availability is very limited at this time and we are unsure of how much vaccine we will receive each week.

Scheduling helps us plan ahead to have the right number of doses on hand, and it helps with a smoother delivery process for everyone involved at the vaccination site.

Please note that in order to be vaccinated, you will need to:

  1. Be a member of the current tier (1A or 1B)

  2. Schedule an appointment

  3. Provide appropriate identification once you arrive at the vaccination site

Public Health is working closely with state and local partners to ensure vaccine is distributed efficiently. More information will be posted on this page in the coming weeks about Tier 1B vaccination.  Additional information for other tier groups will also be shared as it becomes available.

About the Vaccine

Safety is a top priority in delivering a COVID-19 vaccine. Once a company develops a vaccine, it must go through a rigorous scientific testing process before it can be submitted to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA independently reviews the information from these tests to make sure the vaccine is safe and works well, and then decides whether the vaccine can be licensed and made available to the public.

According to clinical trial data reviewed by the FDA, the most commonly reported side effects, which typically last several days, are pain at the injection site, tiredness, headache, muscle pain, chills, joint pain, and fever. Of note, more people experienced these side effects after the second dose than after the first dose, so it is important for vaccination providers and recipients to expect that there may be some side effects after either dose, but even more so after the second dose.

Please see the vaccine safety sheets below for important information about vaccines currently approved for emergency use by the FDA. You will receive information about what vaccine you’ve received when you’re vaccinated so that you can schedule your second dose from the same manufacturer 3 to 4 weeks after your first dose. Vaccines are not interchangeable.

After a vaccine is authorized for use, multiple safety monitoring systems are in place to watch for possible adverse events. If an unexpected serious adverse event is detected, experts work as quickly as possible to determine whether it is a true safety concern.

For additional information:

Vaccine Records

You will receive a vaccination record that shows which vaccine you received and when so you are able to track which vaccine you need for your second dose and when you will need to receive the second dose.