Clinic appointments

University of Montana 2nd COVID-19 Immunization Clinic appointments are filling up fast

MISSOULA — Registration for the second public COVID-19 clinic scheduled for this weekend at the University of Montana is full.

With demand far outstripping the supply of 800 vaccines, appointments filled up quickly, Missoula County officials said.

Registration for Sunday’s clinic began at 1 p.m. and all appointments were filled in about an hour.

Additional clinics will be scheduled as vaccine supplies arrive in Missoula County.

Residents should continue to monitor covid19.missoula.co for upcoming public vaccination clinics.

About 20% of Sunday appointments are reserved for those who do not have Internet access or who are not Internet savvy.

This clinic is free, whether or not people have health insurance. However, people who have health insurance should bring a copy of their insurance card as the insurance will be charged an administrative fee to help cover costs associated with the clinic. The costs will not entail disbursements for the insured.

The vaccine coordination team is also working to schedule vaccination clinics in outlying areas of Missoula County, according to a news release. Details on these clinics will be announced when confirmed.

Several health care providers in the area are also continuing to administer the vaccine as supplies permit, and people can find information about 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, vaccine availability continues to be the limiting factor in getting more residents vaccinated. The vaccine shortage is not unique to Missoula County or Montana; the shortage is national.

Health service chiefs continue to advocate for more doses at every opportunity.