FROM:  Chelsea Kleinmeyer, Community Health Division Director

 

Tribal Health continues to work with the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) to advocate for available allocations of COVID-19 vaccinations for our community.

 

Currently, Tribal Health is receiving enough vaccines from the state to vaccinate:

 

        1. Any person who is American Indian;
        2. Any person who is a member of a household with American Indians; 
        3. Any person who is an employee of the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes.

 

Those interested in getting vaccinated should fill out the COVID Vaccine Appointment Request form found here.  The form can also be located by going to the home page of the Tribal Health website at www.CSKThealth.org.

 

Once you have registered, a Tribal Health staff member will call you to schedule a time to come into a Tribal Health clinic for the vaccination.

 

Right now, Tribal Health is offering Moderna and Pfizer vaccines, which need to be given in two doses, approximately 28 days apart.  The vaccines can only be given to those 16+ years old.

 

Upon arrival to your appointment, each patient will be screened for symptoms of COVID-19.  Each patient will also receive information about the vaccine, and a card that has the date to receive the second dose of the vaccine, which is approximately 28 days after the first dose.  After receiving the vaccine, patients will be asked to stay for an additional 15-30 minutes for post-vaccination monitoring.

 

As always, this planning is subject to change, according to availability of the vaccines. 

 

Tribal Health providers encourage everyone to get vaccinated because it is a key step in saving lives and ending the pandemic.  Below you will find some educational resources to help you learn more:

 

FDA COVID-19 Vaccine Information

CDC COVID Vaccine Information

 

The full benefits of immunity are not reached until two weeks after the second dose of the vaccine, so as cases of COVID continue to rise, Tribal Health reminds everyone that it is critical now to physically distance, wear a mask and wash your hands. Also, minimize gatherings, potlucks and delay travel if possible. 

 

A draft of the state’s COVID-19 Vaccination Plan can be found here.

 

For more information, please visit the Tribal Health website at www.cskthealth.org.

 

Tribal Health continues to prioritize patients who can receive COVID vaccines, including our most vulnerable populations first, such as elders (70+ years) and those with high-risk medical conditions.
 
Patients can now fill out a new online form to request a COVID vaccination on the Tribal Health website.
 
A link to the online request form can be found here.
 
Patients are asked to fill out the required details. Once the form is submitted, each patient will be evaluated to determine when they are eligible to receive the vaccine.
 
Vaccine supply is still limited. Filling out this form will not guarantee an appointment in the order in which it was received. Vaccines are prioritized to those who are most vulnerable.
 
Moderna vaccine is for 18 years and older, Pfizer vaccine is for 16 years and older. 
 
Please call Tribal Health at (406) 745-3525 with questions. 
From Chelsea Kleinmeyer, Community Health Division Director 
 
Tribal Health continues to work with the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) to advocate for available allocations of COVID-19 vaccinations for our community.
 
There are limited amounts of vaccines available, so the state plan prioritizes the most vulnerable groups, including American Indians.
 
We understand that recent formal and informal communications regarding the upcoming Tribal Health COVID-19 vaccination clinics have been a cause for confusion, frustration, and worry among our Tribal community members. Our top priority is the health and well-being of this community, and our goal is to provide as accurate, and up-to-date information as possible during this time.
 
Last week, Tribal Health announced that there will be a regularly scheduled COVID-19 vaccination clinic, that also included a link to online scheduling software that is being adopted by Tribal Health to help manage and track where and when vaccination clinics are held. 
 
Since that time, CSKT Tribal Health was advised by the Montana Department of Health and Human Services (DPHHS) that this state online scheduling application was not working as expected, so Tribal Health removed the ability for patients to schedule appointments online.
 
In the meantime, Tribal Health Community Health staff are continuing to schedule vaccination appointments for those patients in the prioritized groups which include Tribal Elders aged 70+, and those with high-risk medical conditions.
 
Additionally, the state allocation of vaccination doses is less than initially planned for, so Tribal Health is revising the hours and days of the COVID-19 vaccination clinics until there are more doses of the vaccine delivered to Tribal Health. We continue to work on a regular schedule for the upcoming vaccination clinics, to be announced as soon as possible. 
 
Currently, Tribal Health patients, who are part of the prioritized groups (including Tribal Elders aged 70+, and those with high-risk medical conditions) can call Tribal Health at 406-745-3525, to provide their name and phone number. A Community Health staff scheduler will then call each patient to schedule an appointment time for each patient to get vaccinated.
 
Upon arrival to your appointment, each patient will be screened for symptoms of COVID-19. Each patient will also receive information about the vaccine, and a card that has the date to receive the second dose of the vaccine, which is approximately 28 days after the first dose. After receiving the vaccine, patients will be asked to stay for an additional 15-30 minutes for post-vaccination monitoring.
 
As always, this planning is subject to change, according to availability of the vaccines. 
 
Additionally, to help answer questions from the community about the COVID-19 vaccine plan for Tribal Health, a Facebook Live symposium will take place at 3pm on Friday, February 5, 2021. 
 
The Tribal community is encouraged to post questions in the thread of the Tribal Health COVID-19 Vaccine Symposium announcement on Facebook, and/or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
During the Tribal Health COVID-19 Vaccine Symposium, Tribal Health providers, including Medical and Behavioral Health staff, will be on hand to present information about the vaccination planning and to answer questions from the community.
 
Tribal Health providers encourage everyone to get vaccinated because it is a key step in saving lives and ending the pandemic. We recognize this is a personal decision, though, and that many people have questions about the vaccine.
 
Below you will find some educational resources to help you learn more:
 
 
 
The full benefits of immunity are not reached until two weeks after the second dose of the vaccine, so as cases of COVID continue to rise, Tribal Health reminds everyone that it is critical now to physically distance, wear a mask and wash your hands. Also, minimize gatherings, potlucks and delay travel if possible. 
 
A draft of the state’s COVID-19 Vaccination Plan can be found here.

Get COVID-19 Vaccine Answers at the Upcoming COVID-19 Vaccination Community Symposium

 

To help answer questions from the community about the COVID-19 vaccine plan for Tribal Health, a Facebook Live symposium will take place at 3pm on Friday, February 5, 2021. 
 
 
The Tribal community is encouraged to post questions in the thread of the Tribal Health COVID-19 Vaccine Symposium announcement on Facebook, and/or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
 
During the Tribal Health COVID-19 Vaccine Symposium, Tribal Health providers, including Medical and Behavioral Health staff, will be on hand to present information about the vaccination planning and to answer questions from the community.
 
 
What:
Tribal Health COVID-19 Vaccine Symposium (Facebook Live event)
 
Why:
To help answer questions from the
community about the COVID-19 vaccine
plan for Tribal Health
 
When:
Friday, February 5, 2021
 
Where:
Facebook @CSKTHealthinfo 
 
Time:
3:00 PM (MST)
 

 

Tribal Health continues to work with the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) to advocate for available allocations of COVID-19 vaccinations for our community.

 

There are limited amounts of vaccines available, so the state plan prioritizes the most vulnerable groups, including American Indians.

 

Beginning this Friday, January 22, 2021, Tribal Health will begin a regular COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the St. Ignatius Fitness Center gymnasium, and the KwaTaqNuk Resort in Polson.

 

These COVID vaccination clinics will run regularly Monday through Wednesday, from 9am to 2pm;  and Thursday through Friday, from 1-6pm.  Tribal Health is being allocated the Moderna vaccine by the state and clinics will run on this schedule pending our ability to get enough allocations of the vaccine, or until vaccines are gone.

 

Tribal Health patients are required to preregister and schedule a specific time to come into the clinics for a COVID vaccination.  No walk-in appointments will be allowed.

 

Patients can register online for appointments at:  https://www.mtreadyclinic.org.

Please check this site regularly for updates on allocations and additional appointment times for the Tribal Health vaccination clinics, pending the state’s ongoing ability to send vaccines.

 

Additionally, Tribal Health patients can also call Tribal Health Community Health nurses at 406-745-3525, to provide their name and phone number.  A Community Health staff scheduler will then call each patient to schedule an appointment time for each patient to arrive and get vaccinated.

 

Upon arrival to your appointment, each patient will be screened for symptoms of COVID-19.  Each patient will also receive information about the vaccines, and a card that has the date to receive the second dose of the vaccine.  After getting an immunization, patients will be asked to stay for an additional 15 minutes of post-vaccination monitoring.

 

Currently, Tribal Health is moving into Phase 1B of the state vaccination plan.  Below, please find more detailed information about prioritized group of patients and timelines.

 

Tribal Health is currently vaccinating Tribal Elders (those over age 70).  Tribal Health is actively identifying and calling this group of patients to schedule vaccinations as more doses become available.

 

As always, this planning is subject to change, according to availability of the vaccines. 

 

December 15 - January 15 (Phase 1A)

  • Frontline healthcare workers 

• Long-term Care and Assisted Living Facilities (LTC/ALF) 

• Healthcare workers with direct patient contact or virus exposure 

 

January 15 - March 15 (Phase 1B)

  • Persons aged 70 years and older 
  • American Indians and other people of color who may be at elevated risk for COVID-19 complications 
  • Persons aged 16-69 with high-risk medical conditions. Qualifying medical conditions include: 

o Cancer 

o Chronic kidney disease 

o COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) 

o Down Syndrome 

o Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies 

o Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant 

o Severe Obesity (BMI ≥ 40 kg/m2) 

o Sickle cell disease 

o Type 1 & 2 Diabetes mellitus 

o On a case by case basis, medical providers may include individuals with other conditions that place them at elevated risk for COVID-19 related complications. 

 

March 15 - July 15 (Phase 1C)

  • Frontline Essential Workers 

• Persons aged 60 years and older 

• Individuals residing in congregate care and correctional facilities 

  • Persons aged 16-59 with medical conditions not included in phase 1B that may have an elevated-risk of COVID-19 complications, conditions include: 

o Asthma (moderate-to-severe) 

o Cerebrovascular disease (affects blood vessels and blood supply to the brain) 

o Cystic fibrosis 

o Hypertension or high blood pressure 

o Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from blood or bone marrow transplant, immune deficiencies, HIV, use of corticosteroids, or use of other immune weakening medicines 

o Neurologic conditions, such as dementia 

o Liver disease 

o Overweight (BMI > 25 kg/m2, but < 40 kg/m2) 

o Pulmonary fibrosis (having damaged or scarred lung tissues) 

o Thalassemia (a type of blood disorder) 

 

July 2021 onward (Phase 2) 

  • All remaining Montanans aged 16 or older 

 

Tribal Health health care providers encourage everyone to get vaccinated because it is a key step in saving lives and ending the pandemic. We recognize this is a personal decision, though, and that many people have questions about the vaccine.

 

Below you will find some educational resources to help you learn more:

 

 

 

Right now, we also know that the COVID-19 vaccines will require two doses. Depending on which one is given, people will need to schedule coming back to their health care provider to receive the second shot 21 or 28 days apart. 

 

The full benefits of immunity are not reached until two weeks after the second dose of the vaccine, so as cases of COVID continue to rise, Tribal Health reminds everyone that it is critical now to physically distance, wear a mask and wash your hands. Also, minimize gatherings, potlucks and delay travel if possible. 

 

A draft of the state’s COVID-19 Vaccination Plan can be found here.

 

For more information, please visit the Tribal Health website at www.cskthealth.org.

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