Tribal Health continues to work with the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) and advocate for available allocations of COVID-19 vaccinations for our community.

There are limited amounts of vaccines available, and this is why the state plan prioritizes the most vulnerable groups that should be vaccinated immediately. 

Right now, the following dates and groups are scheduled for getting vaccinations, which are subject to change according to availability: 

December 15 - January 15 (Phase 1A)

  • Frontline healthcare workers (approximately 60,000 Montanans)
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Healthcare workers with direct patient contact

January 15 - March 15 (Phase 1B)

Recipients

  • Persons aged 75 years and older 
  • Individuals residing in congregate care and correctional facilities 
  • American Indians and other people of color who may be at elevated risk for COVID-19 complications 

Persons who are at increased risk of severe COVID-19 illness: 

  • Cancer 
  • Chronic kidney disease 
  • COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) 
  • Obesity (BMI of 30 or higher) 
  • Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant 
  • Smoking 
  • Pregnancy 
  • Serious heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies 
  • Sickle cell disease 
  • Type 2 diabetes mellitus

Persons who may be at increased risk of severe COVID-19 illness: 

  • Asthma (moderate-to-severe) 
  • Cerebrovascular disease (affects blood vessels and blood supply to the brain) 
  • Cystic fibrosis 
  • Hypertension or high blood pressure 
  • Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from blood or bone marrow transplant, immune deficiencies, HIV, use of corticosteroids, or use of other immune weakening medicines 
  • Neurologic conditions, such as dementia 
  • Liver disease 
  • Overweight (BMI > 25 kg/m2, but < 30 kg/m2) 
  • Pulmonary fibrosis (having damaged or scarred lung tissues) 
  • Thalassemia (a type of blood disorder) 
  • Type 1 diabetes mellitus 
  • Frontline Essential Workers 
    • First Responders 
    • Education and all childcare workers 
    • Critical infrastructure federal employees 
    • Food & Agriculture 
    • Manufacturing 
    • Corrections workers 
    • US Postal Service 
    • Public transit workers 
    • Grocery store workers 
    • Child and adult protective service workers who are at risk for exposure 
    • Inspectors of congregate care facilities or like settings 
    • Critical infrastructure energy workers 
    • Critical infrastructure IT workers 

Approximate Timeline 

  • January 15, 2021 through March 15, 2021 

Currently, COVID-19 vaccines are not being offered to the general public. However, Tribal Health is identifying patients in the prioritized groups and will contact people who are eligible to get the vaccination.

At this time, please note that Tribal Health will contact you if you are in a prioritized group for COVID vaccinations. Please do not call Tribal Health Pharmacy or Medical to ask when you will get a vaccine, but please call with any other questions about the vaccine.

As the vaccine becomes more available, Tribal Health will continue to notify the public about who is eligible and how to register for an appointment to get the COVID vaccine.

We encourage everyone to get vaccinated when they become eligible because it is a key step in saving lives and ending the pandemic. We recognize this is a personal decision, though, and that many people have questions about the vaccine.

Right now, we also know that the COVID-19 vaccines will require two doses. Depending on which one is given, people will need to schedule coming back to their health care provider to receive the second shot 21 or 28 days apart. 

As our numbers continue to rise, Tribal Health would also like to remind everyone that it is just as important to get your influenza shot. We are looking to vaccinate as a way to reduce spread of flu that also is a respiratory illness and that lands our vulnerable populations in the hospital. 

It’s just as important now as it was earlier to physically distance, wear your mask and wash your hands. Also, minimize gatherings, potlucks and delay travel if possible. 

For more information, please visit the Tribal Health website at www.cskthealth.org.

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