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:
- Any person who is American Indian;
- Any person who is a member of a household with American Indians;
- 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:
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.