Appointments to Open Online, By Phone on Thursday for Next Public Vaccine Clinic

The Missoula County COVID-19 Vaccine Coordination Team, in partnership with the University of Montana, will hold another public vaccination clinic from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7, at UM’s Adams Center. 

Approximately 800 first-dose vaccine appointments will be available, and individuals who meet Phase 1b, Tier 1 criteria can make an appointment starting at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 4. The link to make an appointment will be available on the Vaccine Information page at covid19.missoula.co.  

About 20% of the appointments will be reserved for those without Internet access or who are not proficient online. People can call 406-258-INFO to schedule an appointment over the phone starting at 1 p.m. Organizers request that people who have the ability to schedule online make an appointment on the website instead of calling so the call center can help those most in need of assistance.  

This clinic is free, regardless of whether people have health insurance. However, people who do have health insurance should bring a copy of their insurance card as insurance will be billed an administrative fee to help cover costs associated with the clinic. This fee will not result in an out-of-pocket cost to insured people. Those who make appointments can ensure the process goes smoothly by taking the following steps:  

  • Arrive 10 to 15 minutes before your appointment to give yourself enough time to park and walk to the Adams Center. 
  • Park in Lot P or Gym Lot (these lots are reserved for the vaccination clinic and you will not have to pay for parking). 
  • Enter the Adams Center five minutes before your appointment. 
  • If possible, bring a COPY of your insurance card (staff will be able to make a copy for you if you do not have a copier). 
  • Print and bring your COMPLETED paperwork titled “Screening Questionnaire for COVID-19 Vaccine.” 
  • Wear loose clothing. Short sleeves are helpful, but not required. 

Be prepared to wait the REQUIRED 15 minutes AFTER your vaccination to monitor for adverse reactions. Should you have an adverse reaction, medical staff will be present to assist. 

The Vaccine Coordination Team is also working to plan vaccine clinics in outlying areas of Missoula County. Details on those clinics will be announced when they’re confirmed.  

Several area healthcare providers also continue to administer vaccine as supply allows, and people can find information on their provider at covid19.missoula.co or by calling 406-258-INFO. Residents can help providers by refraining from calling them directly and using the website instead. 

Missoula County has more than two dozen vaccine providers registered to administer the COVID-19 vaccine. However, availability of vaccine continues to be the limiting factor to getting more residents vaccinated. The vaccine scarcity is not unique to Missoula County or to Montana; the shortage is nationwide. Health department leaders continue to advocate for more doses at every opportunity. While we wait, they encourage people to continue to take the standard precautions against transmission of the virus: masking, social distancing, washing hands and keeping their social circles small.  

The Missoula County COVID-19 Vaccine Coordination Team is managed by the Western Montana All Hazard Incident Management Team under the Office of Emergency Management. The team formed in January at the request of the Missoula County commissioners and the mayor of Missoula to coordinate the distribution of vaccine in Missoula County. The team aims to reduce public anxiety by providing timely, accurate information and to identify and address barriers to administering the vaccine to all who wish to receive it. 

10 thoughts on “Appointments to Open Online, By Phone on Thursday for Next Public Vaccine Clinic

  1. Jilld February 3, 2021 / 11:17 pm

    Why isn’t the info sheet we need to fill out available online yet? Also, why can’t we get on a list so you know we exist? My husband and I qualify for 1b, not because of age, but health risk. I feel very left out of the county’s equation. Also, this feels like a lottery, not a vaccine clinic.

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    • missoulacounty February 3, 2021 / 11:43 pm

      Hi Jill,
      We’re so sorry for your frustrations with this. Vaccine dose availability is extremely limited and varies week to week. We are not able to have a waiting list for the public vaccine clinics because we do not have adequate staffing to manage the lists. We are also learning from other jurisdictions who have problems with people signing up for multiple waiting lists, taking the first option and not canceling other options, which creates an issue when there is limited vaccine supply.

      The vaccine dose Missoula County receives for public clinics is determined on a weekly basis and we are working to provide as much notice prior to the clinics as we can. Thank you for your patience as we are continually working to make the process as efficient as possible. If you would like to register for the next clinic on Sunday, Feb. 7, please either call 258-INFO (4636) or go to covid19.missoula.co on Thursday. The registration opens at 1 p.m.

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  2. Frances Willis February 4, 2021 / 12:09 am

    Could you live in Kalispell and come to Missoula to get your vaccine fora 71 year old

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    • missoulacounty February 4, 2021 / 10:30 pm

      Hello Frances,
      We apologize, but currently, public clinics in Missoula County are limited to residents of Missoula County only, due to the limited vaccine supply.

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  3. Florence Reisgies February 4, 2021 / 4:07 pm

    I am 75 yo (10/9/1945) and have not been given a vaccine or the opportunity to get one. Please tell me what I might do.

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    • missoulacounty February 4, 2021 / 6:47 pm

      Hello Florence,
      Starting at 1 p.m. today, the link to make an appointment for a vaccine will be available on the Vaccine Information page at covid19.missoula.co for another public vaccination clinic from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7, at UM’s Adams Center. Those who meet Phase 1B Tier 1 requirements can make an appointment, which includes those over 70.

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      • Allyn February 4, 2021 / 8:14 pm

        At 1pm I opened the appointment page and it had boxes that stated all filled. I checked a box for 11:20am and was directed to next page to put in my name when I went back to page every spot was already filled …all by 1:04 pm today.. Seemed like all spots were full before 1pm??? Did all these people sign up while I was typing my name?? Just how do you go about signing up???

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      • missoulacounty February 4, 2021 / 10:32 pm

        Hello Allyn,
        We apologize you were not able to get an appointment. With demand far outpacing the supply of 800 vaccines, (there are about 16,500 people eligible for the vaccine in Phase 1B, Tier 1 in Missoula County) appointments filled up quickly. We will announce more clinics as vaccine supply arrives in Missoula County. Please continue to monitor covid19.missoula.co for upcoming public vaccine clinics. Thank you for your patience as we work with limited vaccine supply.

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  4. Debbie February 4, 2021 / 8:37 pm

    Debbie, At 1.01 today I didn’t even get my first name typed in and the clinic was full. There has got to be a better way to do this. Also called and phone line was busy. After 20 minutes I gave up on the phone thing.

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    • missoulacounty February 4, 2021 / 10:33 pm

      Hello Debbie,
      We apologize you were not able to get an appointment. With demand far outpacing the supply of 800 vaccines, (there are about 16,500 people eligible for the vaccine in Phase 1B, Tier 1 in Missoula County) appointments filled up quickly. We will announce more clinics as vaccine supply arrives in Missoula County. Please continue to monitor covid19.missoula.co for upcoming public vaccine clinics. Thank you for your patience as we work with limited vaccine supply.

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