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Blaine County Health Department

 

March 24, 2021



The Blaine County Health Department is sharing COVID-19 updates related to changes from the CDC and the Governor’s recent announcements.

Vaccine Distribution

As of April 1, 2021, any Montanan who wishes to be vaccinated with COVID-19 vaccine is eligible to do so. This eliminates the phased criteria the state has been following. We currently have Moderna and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) in our inventory, which allows immunization of people 18 years old and older. Additionally, we are partnering with Fort Belknap Service Area of Indian Health Services and Fort Belknap Tribal Health to offer Pfizer vaccine to people 16-17 years of age. If you are interested in COVID-19 vaccination, please call the Blaine County Health Department at 406-357-2345 to provide the information we will need to schedule your appointment.

Benefits of Vaccination

COVID-19 vaccinations have been shown to be a safe and effective way to decrease the likelihood of COVID-19 infection as well as significantly decreasing severe illness, hospitalization and death in people who are infected.

The CDC has recently updated guidance to allow people who are fully vaccinated to: • Be indoors with other fully vaccinated people without wearing a mask. • Gather indoors with unvaccinated people from one other household (for example, visiting with relatives who all live together) without masks, unless any of those people or anyone they live with has an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19. • Not have to quarantine or be recommended to test if you do not have any COVID-19 symptoms. Travel restrictions and guidelines to some destinations are including considerations for fully vaccinated individuals. Please check the guidelines for your specific destination and mode of travel for more information. COVID-19 Activity in Blaine County Since the first of the year, Blaine County has seen low numbers of active infections. The Blaine County Health Department would like to thank the community for taking preventative measures (handwashing/sanitizing, social distancing, masking, staying home when ill). We encourage community members to consider vaccination as another mitigation measure that will allow further removal of restrictions and protect our county’s most vulnerable.

 
 

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