We are accepting appointments for ALL vaccine Phases (persons aged 16 and
older for the Pfizer vaccine, and those 18 and older for the Moderna vaccine).
Schedule Online Appointments Here
When scheduling an appointment online, you will have the opportunity to
choose which vaccine you would like. If one of the vaccine choices isn't
available, those vaccine appointments have filled.
If no appointments appear available, it is because our online Vaccination
Clinics are currently full.
Please continue to check our online scheduler for appointments or call
our Vaccination Interest Line to be added to our list: (406) 375-4799.
Online Scheduling Tutorial Video
CURRENT COVID-19 VACCINE RECIPIENTS:
Our COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics are currently offering vaccines for ALL
phases by appointment only.
View Phase details as outlined by the Montana Department of Health and
Because we’re receiving smaller than expected amounts of the vaccine
from the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, we’re
only offering enough appointments for the amount of vaccine doses we have in stock.
We apologize in advance for any inconvenience; please rest assured that
we are committed to doing our part to request as many vaccine doses as
possible every week, and we continue to administer all doses as quickly
There will be enough of the COVID-19 vaccine for all who wish to receive one.
COVID-19 VACCINATION CLINIC LOCATION:
Our Vaccination Clinic is located east of our Main Entrance:
COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs and FACTS
View the Montana Public Health Vaccine Information PDF
WILL THERE BE ENOUGH VACCINE FOR EVERYONE?
- Yes! There will be enough doses of the COVID-19 vaccine for all who are
interested in getting vaccinated.
CAN I GET ON A LIST TO BE NOTIFIED WHEN I’M ELIGIBLE FOR THE VACCINE?
- Yes. Call our Vaccination Interest Line to be added to our list: (406) 375-4799.
WHEN WILL I BE ABLE TO GET THE COVID-19 VACCINE?
As per instructions by the
Federal and State Government, we may only distribute the vaccine to pre-approved populations at specific
approximate timeline for each phase of vaccination is as follows:
Phase 1A – December 28, 2020 – ongoing
- For frontline healthcare workers and those with direct patient contact
or virus exposure – not for the general public at this time.
Phase 1B and 1B+ Estimated to be January 15, 2021 – onging
- For persons 60 years and older, frontline essential workers and other at
Phase 1C – Estimated to be March 1, 2021 – ongoing
- For persons 65 years and older and other essential workers.
Phase 2 – Estimated July 2021
- For all remaining Montanans aged 16 and older. View full details and timeline on the
Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital is legally unable to alter this timeline
and directive as set forth by the State of Montana and the Federal Government.
For further questions please contact the
Ravalli County Public Health Department (406) 375-6672, Monday – Friday 8am- 5pm (closed 12noon – 1pm).
We anticipate getting our supply of the vaccine for the public by Spring
or early Summer, and will communicate at that time how and when you can
obtain the vaccination.
WHO IS GETTING THE COVID-19 VACCINE FIRST?
- The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will oversee distribution
of the vaccine throughout the U.S. The first allotment will be a limited
supply, so federal officials have announced that only health care professionals
and residents of long-term care facilities may be the first to receive
the COVID-19 vaccinations.
- Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital (MDMH) will receive the COVID-19 vaccine
the fourth or fifth week of December. Once we have the vaccine, we will
communicate directly with health care professionals at MDMH and other
providers in our community, about how and when they can receive their vaccine.
WHICH VACCINE WILL MDMH HAVE?
- Currently, we’ve been receiving the Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson &
Johnson vaccines. The Moderna vaccine is for people age 18 and older,
and requires two injections given 28 days apart. The Pfizer vaccine is
for people age 16 and older and requires two injections given 21 days
apart. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is for people age 18 and older,
and is a single-dose shot.
WILL THERE BE A COST FOR THE COVID-19 VACCINE?
- No, there will be no cost to you for the vaccine. Under Operation Warp
Speed, the vaccine doses were purchases with taxpayer dollars and the
federal government requires it be offered at no cost.
DO I STILL NEED TO WEAR A MASK IF I GET THE VACCINE?
- Yes. It will still be important to use all tools available to us to help
stop this pandemic, like covering your mouth and nose with a mask, washing
hands often, and staying at least 6 feet away from others.
WHY SHOULD I CONSIDER THE VACCINE?
- The vaccine will be a vital part of all measures taken to help end this
pandemic. We know it will take a long time for widespread vaccination
and immunity to be achieved. Along with wearing masks, washing hands,
and distancing, the vaccination will help us get past this pandemic quicker
and potentially with less lives lost.
HOW WAS THE COVID-19 VACCINE DEVELOPED SO QUICKLY?
- The scientific community was able to utilize previous vaccine research
on other coronaviruses, as well as using new methods of developing vaccines,
which allowed development to move quickly. Due to the pandemic’s
high infection rates, the pace of clinical trials, which is usually the
longest part of vaccine development, was greatly accelerated. The federal
government invested significantly in the necessary manufacturing capacity
to support companies as they aggressively pursued rapid development and
IS THE COVID-19 VACCINE SAFE?
- Before any vaccine is permitted for use in the U.S., it must be reviewed
and approved by the FDA. Normally this process can take a long time but
in this case, the federal government sped up processing for the COVID-19
vaccines. An Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) is issued during public
health emergencies, such as the current COVID-19 pandemic, to ensure scientific
innovation and medical solutions aren’t held back by administrative
processes, and are brought to the public more quickly. For an EUA to be
issued for a vaccine, the FDA determines that the known and potential
benefits outweigh the known and potential risks of the vaccine. The COVID-19
vaccines have been tested in large clinical trials that included tens
of thousands of study participants, to ensure the vaccines meet safety
standards and to see how they offer protection to people of different
ages, races and those with different medical conditions.
ARE THERE SIDE EFFECT FOR THE VACCINES?
- Like most regularly recommended vaccines, the COVID-19 vaccine can produce
some side effects in some people. Some have reported fevers, headache,
fatigue, muscle aches and soreness around injection sites. These symptoms
are an expected sign that the body is building immunity.
FACTS vs. MYTHS ABOUT THE COVID-19 VACCINE:
- The vaccine will not give you COVID-19; the live virus is not used in any
of the COVID-19 vaccines.
- Getting vaccinated can help prevent you from getting sick with COVID-19.
- Exposure to someone sick with COVID-19 is not a protective measure against
getting COVID-19 and is not the same as receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.
- The vaccine is more than 90% effective.
- The vaccines do not contain DNA, and it will not change your DNA. The vaccines
use synthetic RNA or mRNA which “teach” our immune system
how to recognize and fight the virus, but RNA doesn’t do anything
to human DNA.
- The vaccine does not contain human tissue or fetus tissue. There are no
fetal cells used in any vaccine production process in the U.S.
More details and facts about the COVID-19 vaccine can be found on the CDC website
Learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine
Together, we’ll continue to keep the Bitterroot Valley healthy and strong.