As the pandemic continues to move through the state, and despite a vaccine shortage nationwide, UM and the Missoula County COVID-19 Vaccine Coordination Team partnered up to organize the county’s first public COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the Adams Center on Sunday, Jan. 31.   

The vaccines were free of charge with no medical insurance required, although they encouraged people to bring in their insurance cards so an administration fee could be billed to their insurers, Holloway said.

Holloway said more public vaccination clinics are slated for the future depending on when the next shipment of vaccines arrives to Missoula. 

“We are expecting to receive approximately 1,500 first doses each week for the foreseeable future,” he said.

Skaggs School of Pharmacy students and staff were part of the team that administered the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to Phase 1B recipients.

The vaccination clinic was intended for people who do not have a regular healthcare provider, along with priority residents who qualify for Phase 1a and Phase 1b under the state’s vaccination plan.

Under the Montana COVID-19 vaccination plan, Phase 1B includes all people who are 70 years or older, Native Americans or people of color who have a higher risk of contracting the virus, and people 16 and older with high-risk medical conditions.