Montana: Important COVID-19 Vaccination Updates
It's been a few weeks since our last update regarding COVID-19 vaccinations for our patients and communities. Rest assured, your health and well-being remain our highest priority.
Providence continues to follow local, state and federal guidelines and requirements for vaccine distribution. We’re currently offering the COVID-19 vaccine to certain high-risk individuals, including health care personnel and residents and patients in long-term care facilities. To check the status of your county’s current tier, visit the State of Montana public health website.
Although the vaccine is not being offered to the general public right now, we will keep you updated as vaccinations become more widely available. In the meantime, there is no need to contact our offices to schedule a vaccine appointment. We’ll reach out to you to ensure those who are eligible next are notified in a timely manner, and as supplies allow.
Below, you’ll find some informational resources to help you learn more about this safe and effective vaccine. You can also find the latest information on our website, coronavirus.providence.org.
Thank you for continuing to do your part to keep our communities safe by wearing a mask, practicing social distancing and washing your hands frequently. Stay safe and be well.
- Montana Vaccination Plan
- FDA COVID-19 vaccine information
- CDC COVID-19 vaccine information
- Missoula County
- Lake County
Commonly asked questions about the COVID-19 vaccine:
Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe and effective?
The COVID-19 vaccine was determined safe and highly effective in preventing COVID-19 by the FDA, the government agency that oversees and regulates vaccine development and approval. Other countries, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also found the vaccine safe and effective after evaluation. At Providence, we carefully reviewed the data prior to making it available at our facilities. We always put the safety and well-being of patients first.
What are the side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine?
We know there is a small risk of side effects associated with all vaccines, but the majority of the time side effects are less serious than the diseases themselves. The COVID-19 vaccine is no different. It may cause mild to moderate symptoms for some people. These symptoms can include pain at the injection site, fatigue, headache and fever. In very rare instances, a more serious reaction may occur. We encourage everyone to talk with their doctor before getting the vaccine, so that they can make the best health decision for them.
What are the benefits of getting the COVID-19 vaccine?
Like all vaccines, the COVID-19 vaccine was designed to protect you from contracting the virus or to limit the severity of the disease should you contract it. We know from other diseases and their vaccines that we can slow or stop the spread of disease when roughly 60 to 80 percent of a population gets vaccinated. A vaccine can limit the spread of the disease by helping to protect you and those around you. This shot is our best shot at stopping COVID-19.