Governor Gianforte Expands Vaccine Distribution To Most Vulnerable Montanans With Phase 1B+
March 10, 2021 | View PDF
Helena - Governor Greg Gianforte has announced the state will expand its efforts to protect the most vulnerable Montanans by entering Phase 1B+ of the state’s vaccine distribution plan on March 8.
In Phase 1B+, COVID-19 vaccines will be available to Montanans 60 years of age and older and Montanans 16 to 59 years of age with additional qualifying medical conditions like asthma, cystic fibrosis, and liver disease.
“With this expansion, we are prioritizing the population groups that account for nearly 90% of Montana’s total deaths and more than 70% of Montana’s hospitalizations during this pandemic. Through this thoughtful, data-driven, commonsense approach, we will continue to minimize hospitalizations and deaths from this virus,” Gianforte said.
He continued, “Montanans have been remarkably patient as we await more supply from the federal government. My priority remains ensuring that every Montanan who wants the vaccine, can get the vaccine. We won’t stop working until that’s accomplished.”
Data collected by the Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) showed that Montanans 60 years of age and older account for 89% of deaths and 72% of hospitalizations from COVID-19. Phase 1B, which Montana entered into on Jan. 19, made vaccines available to populations that accounted for approximately 75% of deaths and 50% of hospitalizations from COVID-19.
Governor Gianforte announced Phase 1B+ after the DPHHS polled local jurisdictions on their Phase 1B progress. The majority of jurisdictions estimate its 1B completion was greater than 50%, with 14 jurisdictions estimating a Phase 1B completion rate greater than 75%.
To date, 260,705 doses have been administered in Montana, with more than 200,000 doses administered since launching Phase 1B.
The state will continue Phase 1B+ on March 8. Individuals in Phase 1B+ are encouraged to visit covidvaccine.mt.gov to find information regarding COVID-19 vaccine availability and scheduling in their area.