Montana adds tribes, prisoners to next phase of vaccinations


January 4, 2021

HELENA, Mont. — Montana health officials deviated from national guidelines by including Native Americans, other people of color and residents of congregate care and corrections facilities in the second phase of the COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan, the state health department announced Wednesday.

The second phase is set to begin next month, after vaccinations are given to health care providers and long-term care facility staff and residents.

Nearly 17,000 Montana residents have been vaccinated in the first two weeks of vaccine distribution, health officials said. Montana has between 45,000 and 60,000 health care providers.


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