There's no more waiting for COVID-19 vaccine eligibility in Montana. With Governor Greg Gianforte's announcement on April 1st, anyone over the age of 16 is now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. This means that even if you're perfectly healthy and in your 20s, you can get vaccinated too.
While those who fall into one of the high-priority groups from Phase 1A, 1B, or 1B+ are still eligible and receiving priority, Montana now has an ample enough supply to meet the demand for anyone 16 years or older.
Now that most of us in Gallatin and Park counties are eligible, it's time to step up and get vaccinated to protect ourselves, our loved ones, and our communities. The good news is that getting an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine is now easier than ever. Here is how you can make an appointment right now to get vaccinated.
If you're already a CHP patient, staff will be contacting you directly to help you sign up for an appointment, so all you have to do is wait for the call. Or you can contact the clinic where you typically receive your care to see about setting up an appointment. If spots are not available at your clinic, CHP staff will work to get you an appointment at another location in the area.
Whether you're a patient or not, you can sign up for an appointment through the Bozeman Health website to get a vaccination in either Bozeman or Big Sky. And if you already received your first dose somewhere else, you can still register to receive your second dose from Bozeman Health. COVID-19 vaccines are currently being administered at the Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital and Big Sky Medical Center.
The local health department has moved away from waitlist appointments, and you can now book an appointment on one of their clinic days. The health department shares vaccine allocation with Bozeman Health, CHP, MSU, and the VA. They recommend that if you have already received your first dose through one of these other facilities, you attempt to make an appointment there for your second.
Students at MSU can sign up for an appointment directly through the university's website. University Health Partners (UHP) medical services currently has the Moderna vaccine available, which is authorized for individuals 18 and up. Vaccines through MSU at this time are only available for currently enrolled students, so staff and former students should pursue other local options.
Veterans—and their spouses, caregivers, and other recipients of the Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (CHAMPVA) benefits—can sign up for a vaccination appointment through the Montana VA.
Several pharmacies also have available stock and appointments. Use VaccineFinder.com to enter your location and find a pharmacy near you. You can also adjust your search by radius, giving more options farther from your location if need be. If you have a preference for which vaccine you would like to get, you can also filter by type.
For Livingston and other Park County residents, check for vaccine appointment availability on the county website. The county currently is posting new appointment slots on Fridays and Mondays, so be sure to check back if there aren't any spots available initially.
Do you have questions or concerns about the COVID-19 vaccine? Have a look at our blog about COVID-19 Vaccine Myths and Facts. For other questions, CHP's informed staff is here to help you, providing explanations and more information. Contact your nearest clinic to get the answers you're looking for.