COVID-19 vaccination clinic set for Wednesday, March 3
The latest COVID-19 vaccination clinic was held Wednesday, March 3, at the Butte Civic Center.
Butte-Silver Bow’s Unified Health Command expected to vaccinate 1,100 people at the clinic with the Pfizer vaccine.
As of March 1, Butte’s Unified Health Command had administered a total of 10,849 doses of vaccine, with 6,882 individuals receiving their first vaccine and another 3,967 being fully immunized. That’s 379.7 doses per 1,000 population.
Make a reservation
Reservations for vaccines, now and in the future, may be made online at www.butteciviccenter.com; those registering this way will have access to limited vaccination times.
Other allotted reservation times may be reserved at the Civic Center Box Office on Mondays 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Tuesdays 10 a.m.-2 p.m. by calling 406-497-6401 or walking up to the box office window.
Reservations may also continue to be made by calling the Butte-Silver Bow Health Department’s COVID Call Center at 406-497-5008. Individuals are asked to note that when registering online, in person, or over the phone, date of birth must match the eligible age for that’s week’s vaccine.
Otherwise, the registration will be deleted and not available. Those arriving at the Civic Center will be required to show identification showing date of birth.
The vaccination clinics at the Civic Center are for Butte-Silver Bow residents only. Physical distancing guidelines are followed and masks are required. For more details, contact the Butte-Silver Bow Health Department at 406-497-5008.
The Wednesday clinics are conducted by the Butte-Silver Unified Health Command, comprised of the Health Department, St. James Healthcare, Southwest Montana Community Health Center and the North American Indian Alliance.
The clinics remain in Phase 1B of the state’s vaccine rollout plan, with a focus on people ages 70 and older. Once the UHC team has vaccinated a majority of that demographic, people in the second tier of Phase 1B will be contacted — those ages 16 to 69 with certain underlying health conditions.
Both the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna models are being given at the clinics. If you receive the Pfizer vaccine, you receive your second shot three weeks later. If you receive Moderna, you receive the booster four weeks later.
The only vaccination clinics for the general public are being conducted weekly (based on availability) at the Butte Civic Center by Butte-Silver Bow’s Unified Health Command – St. James Healthcare, the Butte-Silver Bow Health Department, Southwest Montana Community Health Center, and the North American Indian Alliance. The Unified Health Command orders vaccine from the state on behalf of the county to conduct these clinics. St. James is holding aside a small portion of inventory to vaccinate their cancer patients, and the Community Health Center is doing likewise to vaccinate their highly at-risk patients. The command is hopeful that as more vaccination is produced nationally, vaccinations will be available at pharmacies and primary care offices.
The North American Indian Alliance offers walk-in testing for the native population from 8:30 a.m. to noon Fridays. Vaccinations are available, but a screening is required. Call 782-0461 for a screening.
How do I get the COVID-19 vaccination in Anaconda-Deer Lodge?
Community Hospital of Anaconda and Anaconda-Deer Lodge Public Health are partnering to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to Anaconda residents.
As phases and tiers are rolled out according to state guidelines, people who meet the age or other criteria for each phase should contact public health at 563-7863 to request that their names be put on the list.
The hospital and county coordinate the shared list daily to ensure everyone is contacted and receives the vaccination.
Vaccinations are administered at either the hospital or county health department Monday through Friday by appointment.
Moderna is the only vaccine being used in Anaconda due to the issue of ultra-cold storage required for the Pfizer vaccine.
Vaccine eligibility expands March 8
Montana is making more people eligible to receive coronavirus vaccines starting next week, Gov. Greg Gianforte said March 2.
Beginning on March 8, all Montanans between the ages of 60 and 70 will qualify along with people ages 16 and older with the additional preexisting conditions of asthma, cystic fibrosis and liver disease, Gianforte said.
Monday's change will make another 100,000 to 140,000 Montanans eligible for the vaccine.
Making vaccines available to front-line health care workers, everyone age 60 and older, those older than 16 with preexisting conditions, Native Americans and other persons of color will prioritize the groups that account for nearly 90% of Montana's deaths due to the pandemic, Gianforte said.
The eligible groups also include more than 70% of those who have been hospitalized, he said.
Some larger counties may take longer to offer vaccines to residents ages 60 to 70 and those with the additional preexisting conditions depending on how many of those already eligible have been vaccinated, said Bekki Kirsch Wehner, bureau chief for the Communicable Disease Control and Prevention Bureau within the state health department.
Montana is still expected to move into Phase 1C of vaccine distribution in the spring or early summer, Gianforte said. That phase will include front-line essential workers such as teachers, first responders and grocery store staff, along with those living in group homes and corrections facilities.