Vaccination

COVID-19 Vaccine has started to arrive in Teton County!  The Teton County Health Department will working with community partners to administer vaccines throughout the county.  We will update this webpage as we get more information.

We are currently vaccinating:

Phase 1B

Vaccine supplies are limited and may not be immediately available to all who may qualify.

Frequently Asked Questions

Upcoming COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics

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COVID-19 Vaccination is by APPOINTMENT ONLY.  Contact the Teton County Health Department to determine if you can be vaccinated during the current phase, and to make an appointment.

  • DO NOT show up at a vaccination clinic without an appointment.  You will not be vaccinated.
  • We are unable to maintain a waitlist at this time.  If no appointments are available, please try again when another clinic is listed.
Clinic Date & Location
Who Can Get Vaccinated
FULL

January 21, 2021
1pm – 4pm

Choteau Pavilion
204 1st St NE
Choteau, MT 59422

PHASE 1B

  • 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 16–64 years with high-risk medical conditions.
  • Anyone qualifying for vaccination in Phase 1A.
FULL

February 5, 2021
1pm – 4:30pm

Choteau Pavilion
204 1st St NE
Choteau, MT 59422

PHASE 1A – SECOND DOSE

  • Healthcare workers who have direct contact with patients
  • Long-term care residents and staff
  • First responders

What to Expect at Your Appointment

If you have an appointment to be vaccinated by the Teton County Health Department, please review and complete the following documents ahead of time.

Please bring the following things to your appointment:

  • Your completed Teton County Vaccination Form
  • A copy of your insurance card (or fill out the insurance section on the Vaccination Form)
  • Wear a short-sleeved shirt to make vaccination easier
  • If you have an underlying heath condition that qualifies you for vaccination in the current phase, you do not need to bring documentation, however we do recommend that you discuss vaccination with your healthcare provider first.

You will be required to stay for observation after vaccination for an immediate adverse reaction:

  • Persons with a history of anaphylaxis (due to any cause): 30 minutes
  • All other persons: 15 minutes

Register for the V-SAFE App.  You can use your smartphone to tell CDC about any side effects after getting the COVID-19 vaccine using the v-safe app. You’ll also get reminders if you need a second vaccine dose.

Vaccination Phases

In Teton County, the COVID-19 vaccine will be allocated based on the recommendations developed by the ACIP and DPHHSthis information is subject to change, so please check back.

Teton County will move from one phase of vaccination to the next as we receive sufficient allotments of vaccine. Vaccine allotments are dependent on where we are as a state in the completion of each phase.  For example, if Teton County completes Phase 1a, and we still have vaccine inventory, we will start to vaccinate individuals in Phase 1b.  But we may not receive an additional allotment of vaccine until the whole state is ready for phase 1b, so we could experience some delays.

Phase 1A
  • Frontline healthcare workers
  • Long-term Care and Assisted Living Facilities (LTC/ALF) Residents and Staff
  • Healthcare workers and First Responders with direct patient contact or virus exposure
Phase 1B*

*Vaccine supplies are limited and may not be immediately available to all who may qualify.

  • 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 16–64 years with high-risk medical conditions.  Qualifying medical conditions include:
    • Cancer
    • Chronic kidney disease
    • COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
    • 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 for COVID-19 related complications.
Phase 1C
  • Frontline essential workers
  • Persons aged 60 years and older
  • Individuals residing in congregate care and correctional facilities
  • Persons aged 16-59 with medical conditions not included in phase 1B that may have an elevated-risk of COVID19 complications, conditions include:
    • 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 < 40 kg/m2)
    • Pulmonary fibrosis (having damaged or scarred lung tissues)
    • Thalassemia (a type of blood disorder)
Phase 2:
  •  All remaining Montanans aged 16 or older

About the Vaccine – Guidance and Resources

Two COVID-19 Vaccines have been authorized for emergency use in the United States by the FDA.  You can read about them here:

The Teton County Health will be administering Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.  We encourage everyone to read about it before their vaccination appointment.

What is the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine?

The Moderna COVID‑19 Vaccine is an unapproved vaccine that may prevent COVID‑19. There is no FDA‑approved vaccine to prevent COVID‑19. The FDA has authorized the emergency use of the Moderna COVID‑19 Vaccine to prevent COVID‑19 in individuals 18 years of age and older under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA).

The EUA for the Moderna COVID‑19 Vaccine is in effect for the duration of the COVID‑19 EUA declaration justifying emergency use of the vaccine, unless terminated or revoked (after which the vaccine may no longer be used).

Who should not get the Moderna COVID‑19 Vaccine?

You should not get the Moderna COVID‑19 Vaccine if you:

  • had a severe allergic reaction after a previous dose of this vaccine
  • had a severe allergic reaction to any ingredient of this vaccine

What should you mention to your vaccination provider before you get the Moderna COVID‑19 Vaccine?

Tell your vaccination provider about all of your medical conditions, including if you:

  • have any allergies
  • have a fever
  • have a bleeding disorder or are on a blood thinner
  • are immunocompromised or are on a medicine that affects your immune system
  • are pregnant or plan to become pregnant
  • are breastfeeding
  • have received another COVID‑19 vaccine

How is the Moderna COVID‑19 Vaccine given?

The Moderna COVID‑19 Vaccine will be given to you as an injection into the muscle. The Moderna COVID‑19 Vaccine vaccination series is 2 doses given 1 month apart. If you receive one dose of the Moderna COVID‑19 Vaccine, you should receive a second dose of the same vaccine 1 month later to complete the vaccination series.

What are the risks of the Moderna COVID‑19 Vaccine?

Side effects that have been reported with the Moderna COVID‑19 Vaccine include:

  • Injection site reactions: pain, tenderness and swelling of the lymph nodes in the same arm of the injection, swelling (hardness), and redness
  • General side effects: fatigue, headache, muscle pain, joint pain, chills, nausea and vomiting, and fever

There is a remote chance that the Moderna COVID‑19 Vaccine could cause a severe allergic reaction. A severe allergic reaction would usually occur within a few minutes to one hour after getting a dose of the Moderna COVID‑19 Vaccine. For this reason, your vaccination provider may ask you to stay at the place where you received your vaccine for monitoring after vaccination. Signs of a severe allergic reaction can include:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Swelling of your face and throat
  • A fast heartbeat
  • A bad rash all over your body
  • Dizziness and weakness

These may not be all the possible side effects of the Moderna COVID‑19 Vaccine. Serious and unexpected side effects may occur. The Moderna COVID‑19 Vaccine is still being studied in clinical trials.

What should I do about side effects?

If you experience a severe allergic reaction, call 9‑1‑1, or go to the nearest hospital.

Call the vaccination provider or your healthcare provider if you have any side effects that bother you or do not go away.

Report vaccine side effects to FDA/CDC Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS). The VAERS toll-free number is 1‑800‑822‑7967 or report online to https://vaers.hhs.gov/reportevent.html. Please include “Moderna COVID‑19 Vaccine EUA” in the first line of box #18 of the report form. In addition, you can report side effects to ModernaTX, Inc. at 1‑866‑MODERNA (1‑866‑663‑3762).

Do I still have to wear a mask and socially distance after the first vaccine? After the second vaccine?

Yes. While experts learn more about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide under real-life conditions, it will be important for everyone to continue using all the tools available to us to help stop this pandemic, like covering your mouth and nose with a mask, washing hands often, and staying at least 6 feet away from others. Together, COVID-19 vaccination and following CDC’s recommendations for how to protect yourself and others will offer the best protection from getting and spreading COVID-19. Experts need to understand more about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide before deciding to change recommendations on steps everyone should take to slow the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19. Other factors, including how many people get vaccinated and how the virus is spreading in communities, will also affect this decision.

 

 

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