COVID-19 Vaccine Update – April 12, 2021

CHP currently is working to vaccinate as many of our patients who have interest in receiving the vaccine. We have been working in partnership with our local health departments as the state has pushed out priority patient categories and many of our patients in those categories already have received vaccine. As of April 1st, the state has significantly opened up eligibility and CHP is working hard to vaccinate as many patients as we can. If you are interested in receiving a COVID-19 vaccine, please contact the CHP clinic where you receive your care and our staff will get you scheduled into the next available opening either at a CHP clinic or through one of the other points of dispensing in our area.

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COVID-19 LOCATION UPDATES

Gallatin County COVID-19 Updates

West Yellowstone COVID-19 Updates

Park Country COVID-19 Updates

Other Local and State COVID-19 Resources

Vaccine Myths and Facts

In 2020, many things stopped. Your vacation planning, routines, regular visits to friends, and even grocery store trips suddenly came to a halt. But the need for affordable, accessible health care did not.

At Community Health Partners, caring for our communities never stops. As the situation around us changes by the day, we find new ways to provide care to our communities, regardless of the circumstances.

As we go forward into 2021, we will vigilantly continue the best practices that promote a healthy and safe environment for our community. Whether that means consistent use of face masks and social distancing, or offering options like virtual health care visits, there are many ways we can provide community care in 2021 safely. Even in a pandemic, CHP will always provide a safe place to get the care you need.

You won't stop caring for yourself or those around you – and we won't either. We don't know exactly what 2021 will bring, but we'll be here, caring for you.

This includes offering the opportunity for vaccinations. CHP anticipates receiving very limited quantities of COVID-19 vaccine in this initial time period and will be contacting high-risk patients as they become eligible. See below for local resources in Gallatin and Park Counties.

GALLATIN COUNTY COVID-19 UPDATES:

COVID-19 VACCINE UPDATE:

CHP is currently coordinating with local health departments to identify eligible patient populations. We will update our website regularly as conditions change over time. CHP anticipates receiving very limited quantities of vaccine in this initial time period and will be contacting high-risk patients as they become eligible.

COVID-19 UPDATE:

During this COVID-19 pandemic, all CHP sites are open for our patients. Please reach out to our scheduling staff to learn more. CHP is taking new patients for both medical, dental, and behavioral health. Please call the clinic closest to you to make an appointment for either an in-person, video, or telephone visit. Keeping you and your family healthy during this uncertain time is our number one goal, so let us partner with you and be your expert guide.

WEST YELLOWSTONE COVID-19 UPDATES:

CHP is working closely with the Hebgen Basin Fire District in West Yellowstone on vaccine distribution efforts. The Fire District will be setting up Points of Distribution (PODs) in West Yellowstone starting in February and will be reaching out to residents based on Montana’s current phases of distribution. West Yellowstone receives an allocation from Gallatin County and is dependent on the overall availability of vaccines. For further questions, residents can call Lindsey at the Fire District’s offices at 406-646-9073.

For broader information about COVID-19 updates and the vaccine distribution plan in Gallatin County, refer to the Gallatin County resources above.

PARK COUNTY COVID-19 UPDATES:

COVID-19 VACCINE UPDATE:

CHP is currently coordinating with local health departments to identify eligible patient populations. CHP will update our website regularly as conditions change over time. CHP anticipates receiving very limited quantities of vaccine in this initial time period and will be contacting high-risk patients as they become eligible.

COVID-19 UPDATE:

During this COVID-19 pandemic, all CHP sites are open for our patients. Please reach out to our scheduling staff to learn more. CHP is taking new patients for both medical, dental, and behavioral health. Please call the clinic closest to you to make an appointment for either an in-person, video, or telephone visit. Keeping you and your family healthy during this uncertain time is our number one goal, so let us partner with you and be your expert guide.

Other Local and State COVID-19 Resources:

Here are reliable, up-to-date COVID-19 resources from local and state agencies so that you can be informed, prepared, and knowledgeable about what you can do as we continue this season of the pandemic.

  • Click here for the State of Montana's COVID information page.
  • Click here for the Montana Public Health and Safety Division's COVID information page.
  • Click here to find out what to expect when you get vaccinated.
  • Click here to find out what you can do if you begin to feel symptoms.


Our best opportunity to limit the spread of COVID-19 and save lives in Gallatin County and Montana is to do everything we can to stop disease spread by keeping sick people away from others. We understand that these are unsettling and challenging times, especially if you are sick. For guidance on managing your illness at home, we recommend staying in touch with your primary care physician. We also know that behavioral health is a part of managing your overall health, so we recognize that emotional, mental, and physical feelings can be overloaded at this time as well as throughout the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Use the links above to stay informed about what is up and coming with vaccinations and continued care during COVID-19.

Vaccine Myths and Facts:

With the widening availability of COVID-19 vaccines in Montana, many people have questions and apprehensions about their development, how they work, and their safety. Right now, there is a ton of information and misinformation swirling around on the internet, and it can be difficult to decipher what’s fact and what’s myth.

At Community Health Partners, we want to provide our communities in Montana with the most accurate information possible about the available COVID-19 vaccines. We’ve compiled some of the most common myths about the vaccines and responded to them with factual research from our health care providers, as well as sources like the Center for Disease Control (CDC), John Hopkins Medicine, the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Gallatin City-County Health Department.

Myth: The COVID-19 vaccine development was rushed, and the vaccines haven’t been thoroughly tested yet, so we can’t trust them to be safe or effective.

Fact: According to the CDC, COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. In the United States, 89.2 million people have now been fully vaccinated, with very few negative incidents as a result. For example, anaphylaxis after COVID-19 vaccination is rare and has occurred in approximately 2 to 5 people per million vaccinated in the U.S. Any adverse events are reported to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS). To date, VAERS has not detected patterns in the cause of death that would indicate a safety problem with COVID-19 vaccines.

Support: Studies found that the two initial vaccines are both about 95% effective — and reported no serious or life-threatening side effects. The vaccines have also been tested on a significant amount of people. In the Pfizer clinical trials, approximately 20,000 individuals 16 years of age and older received at least one dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine. In the Moderna clinical trials, approximately 15,400 individuals 18 years of age and older received at least one dose of the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine. In trials for Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine, the vaccine showed 100% efficacy in preventing hospitalization and death from COVID-19.

John Hopkins Medicine reported some of the many reasons why the COVID-19 vaccines were able to be developed so quickly:

  • The COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna were created with a method that has been in development for years so that the companies could start the vaccine development process early in the pandemic.

  • China isolated and shared genetic information about COVID-19 promptly, so scientists could start working on vaccines.

  • The vaccine developers didn’t skip any testing steps but conducted some of the steps on an overlapping schedule to gather data faster.

  • Vaccine projects had plenty of resources, as governments invested in research and/or paid for vaccines in advance.

  • Some types of COVID-19 vaccines were created using messenger RNA (mRNA), which allows a faster approach than the traditional way that vaccines are made.

  • Social media helped companies find and engage study volunteers, and many were willing to help with COVID-19 vaccine research.

  • Because COVID-19 is so contagious and widespread, it did not take long to see if the vaccine worked for the study volunteers who were vaccinated.

  • Companies began making vaccines early in the process — even before FDA authorization — so some supplies were ready when authorization occurred.

Fact: According to the CDC, there is currently no evidence that antibodies formed from COVID-19 vaccination cause any problems with pregnancy, including the development of the placenta. In addition, there is no evidence suggesting that fertility problems are a side effect of ANY vaccine. People who are trying to become pregnant now or who plan to try in the future may receive the COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available to them.

Support: In fact, during the Pfizer vaccine trials, 23 female volunteers involved in the study became pregnant, and the only one who suffered a pregnancy loss had not received the actual vaccine, but a placebo.

Getting COVID-19, on the other hand, can have potentially serious impacts on pregnancy and the mother’s health. CHP encourages women to reach out to their primary care providers to discuss other questions they have about COVID-19 as it relates to fertility, pregnancy, or breastfeeding.

Fact: None of the COVID-19 vaccines currently being developed in the United States have the virus that causes COVID-19 in them. However, if you happen to get infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 just before or just after you received the vaccine, you could still get COVID-19. This is because the vaccine has not had enough time to provide protection from the virus.

Support: Sometimes people get a fever or feel tired for a day or so after getting a vaccine. These symptoms are normal and are a sign that the body is building immunity. It usually takes a few weeks for the body to build immunity after vaccination.

The COVID-19 vaccines will not cause you to test positive on a viral test (like a swab test) that looks for current COVID-19 infection. You may test positive on an antibody test. This is because one of the ways that vaccines work is to teach your body to make antibodies.

Fact: According to the CDC, COVID-19 mRNA vaccines do not change or interact with your DNA in any way.

Support: Messenger RNA vaccines—also called mRNA vaccines—are the first COVID-19 vaccines authorized for use in the United States. mRNA vaccines teach our cells how to make a protein that triggers an immune response. The mRNA from a COVID-19 vaccine never enters the nucleus of the cell, which is where our DNA is kept. This means the mRNA cannot affect or interact with our DNA in any way. Instead, COVID-19 mRNA vaccines work with the body’s natural defenses to safely develop immunity to disease.

Fact: Getting vaccinated is still recommended, even if you’ve had COVID-19. But you may not need to get vaccinated right away. If you have had COVID-19, you may delay 90 days before getting the vaccine.

Support: The reason is that natural infection immunity seems to wear out after two to three months. We are hoping that the vaccine will provide longer-lasting immunity. So far, the antibody responses to the vaccine seem to last longer than the antibody responses to natural infection.

Fact: You will still need to follow the critical public health protocols until public health officials say otherwise.

Support: Here’s why:

  • Both Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two doses, given 3-4 weeks apart.

  • The effect of a vaccine is not immediate. Your immune system needs time to build up antibodies in order to fight off the virus.

  • You are expected to have some level of protection after the first dose, but full protection may not come for weeks after the second dose – up to two months or more after your first dose.

  • It will likely still take several months to get vaccines to hundreds of millions of people.

  • Research is still being conducted on whether those individuals that have received vaccines can still spread the virus.