Vaccination

COVID-19 Vaccine is available 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:

All individuals age 12* and older

*Pfizer is the only vaccine currently authorized for individuals age 12-17 years.  If your child falls within this age group, please make sure they attend a clinic where Pfizer is available.

Ways to Get Vaccinated in Teton County

 

Vaccination Clinics at Teton County Health Department
Walk-Ins Welcome!  No Appointment Needed.
Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, and Pfizer offered.
Call 406-466-2562 with questions

 

Vaccination by Appointment at Moore Medical
Johnson & Johnson offered
Call 406-466-5165 to schedule

 

Vaccination by Appointment at Frontier Family Practice
Moderna offered
Call 406-467-3447 to schedule

 

Vaccination Available at Home for Some Individuals
Johnson & Johnson offered
Call 406-466-2562 to inquire

Frequently Asked Questions

Upcoming COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics @ Teton County Health Department

Teton County Health Department offers COVID-19 vaccination on specific dates both by appointment and walk-ins. An appointment is not necessary, but please call us if you have any questions: 406-466-2562.

Location:

Teton County Health Department
905 4th St NW
Choteau MT 59422
From the BTMC Hospital parking lot, we are the door on the far left.

We offer the following COVID-19 Vaccine Options:

  • Moderna (2 dose series, spaced 4 weeks apart; ages 18+)
  • Pfizer (2 dose series, spaced 3 weeks apart; ages 12+)
  • Johnson & Johnson (1 dose series; ages 18+)

Upcoming Walk-In Clinic Dates:

  • Friday, October 22, 2021
    • 9am to 4:30pm (the nurse is out for lunch from 1pm to 2pm)
  • Friday, October 29, 2021
    • 9am to 4:30pm (the nurse is out for lunch from 1pm to 2pm)
  • Friday, November 5, 2021
    • 9am to 4:30pm (the nurse is out for lunch from 1pm to 2pm)
  • Friday, November 12, 2021
    • 9am to 4:30pm (the nurse is out for lunch from 1pm to 2pm)
  • Friday, November 19, 2021
    • 9am to 4:30pm (the nurse is out for lunch from 1pm to 2pm)

What to Expect at Your Appointment

If you are planning to be vaccinated by the Teton County Health Department, please review the following documents ahead of time.

Please bring the following things to your appointment:

      • Identification
      • Health insurance card (if you have it)
      • Wear a short-sleeved shirt to make vaccination easier
      • If you have an underlying heath condition, 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.

Additional Doses of COVID-19 Vaccine

On 9/23/21, CDC’s independent Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommended certain populations receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 Vaccine at least six months after the completion of their Pfizer vaccine primary series. In addition, the CDC Director recommended a booster dose [cdc.gov] for those in high risk occupational and institutional settings.

 

This guidance only applies to persons who received the Pfizer vaccine as their primary series. Boosters for those who received the Moderna and J&J vaccinations have not been recommended by the FDA or ACIP at this time.

 

CDC recommends: 

  • people 65 years and older and residents in long-term care settings should receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series;
  • people aged 50 to 64 with certain underlying medical conditions [cdc.gov] should receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series;
  • people 18 to 49 who are at high risk for severe COVID-19 due to certain underlying medical conditions [cdc.gov] may receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series, based on their individual benefits and risks; and
  • people aged 18-64 years who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting may receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series, based on their individual benefits and risks.
Third Doses for Moderately to Severely Immunocompromised Individuals

Currently, CDC is recommending that moderately to severely immunocompromised people receive an additional dose. This includes people who have:

  • Been receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood
  • Received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
  • Received a stem cell transplant within the last 2 years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
  • Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
  • Advanced or untreated HIV infection
  • Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress your immune response

People should talk to their healthcare provider about their medical condition, and whether getting an additional dose is appropriate for them.

  • The CDC’s recommendation only applies to those who received Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.  Emerging data have demonstrated that immunocompromised people who have low or no protection following two doses of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines may have an improved response after an additional dose of the same vaccine. There is not enough data at this time to determine whether immunocompromised people who received the Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 vaccine also have an improved antibody response following an additional dose of the same vaccine.
  • Those seeking a third dose of COVID-19 vaccine DO NOT need documentation from their healthcare provider, we just ask that you speak with your provider first to ensure that an additional dose is appropriate for you at this time.
  • You can receive a 3rd dose at any one of our walk-in clinics.  Please ensure it has been at least 28 days since your 2nd dose.

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About the Vaccine – Guidance and Resources

The Teton County Health will be administering primarily Moderna COVID-19 vaccine and Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine, with some opportunities for Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.  Please pay attention to what type of vaccine you register to receive!  We encourage everyone to read about it before their vaccination appointment.

Who should not get a COVID‑19 Vaccine?

You should not get a COVID‑19 Vaccine if you:

What should you mention to your vaccination provider before you get a 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 COVID‑19 Vaccine given?

All COVID‑19 Vaccine will be given to you as an injection into the muscle.

      • The Moderna COVID‑19 Vaccine 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.
      • The Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) COVID-19 Vaccine is a 1 dose series.  You will not need to return for a second appointment if you received a Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine.
      • The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine is a 2-dose series, given 3 weeks apart.  If you receive one dose of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, you should receive a second dose of the same vaccine 3 weeks later to complete the vaccination series.

What are the risks of the COVID‑19 Vaccine?

Side effects that have been reported with all COVID‑19 Vaccines include:

      • Injection site reactions: pain, redness, swelling
      • General side effects: tiredness, headache, muscle pain, chills fever, nausea

These side effects usually start within a day or two of getting the vaccine. Side effects might affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days. Get tips on what to expect after getting vaccinated.

There is a remote chance that a 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 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

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.

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

You are not considered fully vaccinated until two weeks after the last dose of your vaccine (one dose for Johnson & Johnson, two doses for Moderna or Pfizer). Fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.

 

 

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