COVID-19 vaccinations across Glacier County, including Blackfeet Nation, have begun. Blackfeet Community Hospital (IHS), Southern Piegan Health Center (SPHC), Glacier County Health Department (GCHD), and Northern Rockies Medical Center (NRMC) have already been vaccinating and are hoping to finish Phase 1A by mid-January.
Phase 1A included frontline healthcare workers, long-term care and assisted living facilities (LTC/ALF), healthcare workers with direct patient contact or virus exposure.
The Blackfeet Care Center was vaccinated by IHS, and the Glacier Care Center will be vaccinated through the federal match program with CVS.
Jurisdictions around the State are now planning for implementation of Phase 1B. Due to changes made by Governor Gianforte’s team, Phase 1B now includes persons 70 years of age and older, American Indians and other people of color who may be at elevated risk for COVID-19 complications, and persons aged 16-69 with high-risk medical conditions.
High-risk medical conditions include cancer, chronic kidney disease, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), Down Syndrome, certain heart conditions, immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant, severe obesity (BMI ≥ 40 kg/m2), sickle cell disease, Type 1 & 2 Diabetes mellitus.
Phase 1B no longer includes frontline essential workers, such as teachers and those working with the public. Frontline essential workers are now in Phase 1C.
GCHD and the Blackfeet Tribe are coordinating to roll out the vaccine to ensure all those eligible for Phase 1A are vaccinated and that future phases will be rolled out in conjunction across jurisdictions for efficient coverage. Jurisdictions are supplementing and working together to ensure all those eligible in each phase are covered.
Montana’s state officials hope to be able to move into Phase 1B by the end of the month.
In Glacier County, healthcare providers at Glacier Community Health Center, Northern Rockies Medical Center, Southern Piegan Health Center, and Blackfeet Community Hospital (IHS) will be contacting patients that are eligible for Phase 1B.
If you do not have a regular healthcare provider and feel you are eligible for Phase 1B, please reach out to where you would normally go for medical care or to the Glacier County Health Department. Vaccine providers will continue to work together to ensure all those that are interested and eligible receive vaccination.
Most organizations provide instructions for making an appointment and eligibility for the vaccine on their Facebook pages or websites. COVID-19 vaccination providers will be informing the public when different groups are eligible to receive a vaccine, this information will be shared as the phases progress. Please return for your second dose at the same place where you received your first dose.
Glacier County and Blackfeet Reservation COVID-19 Vaccine Providers:
•Indian Health Service - Blackfeet Community Hospital (Browning) 338-6304. Established patients meeting Phase 1B eligibility are being contacted to set up appointments. If you believe you are eligible for a vaccine, call and secure a spot on the waiting list.
•Southern Piegan Health Clinic - Main Clinic (Browning) 338-7912. If you believe you are eligible for a vaccine, call and secure a spot on the waiting list.
•Glacier County Health Department (Cut Bank) 873-2924. Contacting those eligible in Phase 1A and will be holding vaccine clinics for Phase 1B, scheduling information will be provided when available. Please do not come to a clinic without an appointment.
•Glacier Community Health Center (Cut Bank) 873-5670. Patients can contact GCHC Clinic if interested in receiving a vaccine. Patients will be placed on a list and contacted when they are eligible to receive the vaccine. Vaccinations will be provided in accordance with the State’s phased eligibility.
•Northern Rockies Medical Center (Cut Bank) 873-2251. Contact NRMC Clinic if you are interested in receiving a vaccine and they will provide you more information about how to receive a vaccine.
Vaccinations will be provided in accordance with the State’s phased eligibility.
Glacier Pharmacy and Osco Pharmacy in Cut Bank also plan to carry the vaccine in the near future. Vaccines are free at all vaccine provider locations.
Information around vaccine rollout may change rapidly. Please continue to check websites, social media accounts, and make phone calls to vaccine providers to find out more.