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Missoula County Plans To Broaden COVID-19 Vaccine Availability Sunday

Missoula County will expand COVID-19 vaccine availability to all county residents 16 and older this Sunday.

In a press release Wednesday, Health Officer Ellen Leahy said “with Missoula County cases again on the rise, we have entered the race between vaccine rates and case rates that experts warned us about."

Missoula County this week reported the number of tests that came back positive for COVID-19 jumped 2% in the past week and that hospitalizations were trending younger.

County residents can make a vaccine appointment by going to the Vaccine Information page at covid19-dot-missoula-dot-co or by calling 258-INFO -- that’s 258-4636 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Last week Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte announced the state would open vaccine eligibility to anyone 16 and up starting Apr. 1. Yellowstone County moved into this phase Tuesday after consulting with the state, and other counties are headed in that direction.

The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services’ first dose vaccine allotment is set to increase by 7,240 doses next week for a total of 34,050 first doses, up from 26,810 last week.