Ravalli County Public Health Director Tiffany Webber said that 30 percent of those eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations have received at least their first dose of the vaccines available.
And, the Johnson & Johnson one-shot vaccine is again being administered by Public Health, following a "pause" due to concerns about side effects of blood clots. Webber, in a news release, said the FDA, CDC and Advisory Committee reviewed the available data about blood clots and determined that the risk was extremely low and that the potential benefits outweighed the potential risk to people 18 years of age and older.

Webber also noted that requests for vaccinations have decreased in the county. Local providers have supplies and most can schedule appointments for the public. You can find providers at the Ravalli County COVID-19 website. For instance, Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital is accepting appointments for all vaccine Phases (persons aged 16 and older for the Pfizer vaccine, and those 18 and older for the Moderna vaccine).

However, there are some reports of those in the county who are not showing up for scheduled shots. If you signed up for inoculation from one provider, yet received it from another, please notify and cancel your appointment. And, if you have received a first dose of the vaccine, but received the second dose from another provider, notify your original provider so they don't waste the vaccine.

Statewide, this week the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services reported over 310,000 Montanans are completely immunized. Currently, there are about a thousand active cases in the state, with 47 hospitalizations.

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