MISSOULA – Missoula County will expand eligibility for COVID-19 vaccines beginning Sunday.
“We will open early, before the governor’s starting date so that everyone 16 and older who wants to get vaccinated can do so,” Missoula health officer Ellen Leahy said Wednesday.
Governor Greg Gianforte announced earlier this month that all Montanans 16 and older will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine beginning April 1.
The first public clinic under the new open guidelines will be the MCCHD clinic on Sunday at the old Lucky’s Market on Southgate Mall.
Registration is open now and residents can make an appointment by going to the Immunization Information page or by calling 258-INFO option 3 every day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Montana COVID-19 tracking map shows that 50,330 doses of vaccines have been administered in Missoula County and 17,994 people are fully immunized.
A total of 8,604 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Missoula County, including 8,380 recoveries and 89 COVID-19-related deaths.
The Missoula City and County Health Department (MCCHD) also announced Wednesday that the California COVID-19 variant had been found in a couple of local cases.
The latest information on COVID-19 in Missoula County can be found here.
– information from Katie Miller and Mark Thorsell included in this report.