Health Department opening online vaccine appt. portal

By 
Sam Klomhaus — Enterprise Staff Writer
Friday, March 5, 2021

Park County is opening up online scheduling for appointments to receive the COVID-19 vaccine for those in vaccine group 1B+, the Health Department announced Friday.

Group 1B+ includes those age 60 and over, as well as those with certain medical conditions that weren’t already included in group 1B, such as asthma, cystic fibrosis and liver disease.

The online scheduling form will be available at the Health Department’s COVID-19 website: https://park-county-coronavirus-response-parkcounty.hub.arcgis.com.

The form is expected to go live Friday afternoon, Park County Health Officer Dr. Laurel Desnick said, but Desnick was unsure exactly what time it would be.

During phase 1B, the Health Department previously had been focusing on those age 80 and up, then those age 75 and up, then those age 70 and up.

Desnick said the department was focused on reaching out to people less connected to the internet and social media, who required special outreach to be vaccinated.

The number of people in that group yet to be vaccinated is dwindling, Desnick said, and the new 1B+ population is generally better at using technology, so the department can open up online appointments.

Desnick said she wasn’t sure how many Park County residents qualify for group 1B.

“Appointments will open each week depending on vaccine supply,” the release said.

The Health Department receives 150-200 doses of the Moderna vaccine each week, according to the release. The Moderna vaccine includes two shots spaced 4-6 weeks apart.

Vaccine doses in Park County are split among the Health Department, Livingston HealthCare, Community Health Partners, Western Drug, Osco Pharmacy at Albertsons and the Medcor Clinic at Mammoth.

Desnick said Friday vaccine shipments to the county are expected to stay consistent in the county over the next few weeks, with about 400 Moderna doses per week.

She said she hopes the shipment numbers ramp up later in March or in early April.

There are also about 100 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which only requires one dose, which the Health Department is reserving for those in the more rural parts of the county and those with different needs.

The Health Department is also available by phone at (406) 222-4145 to assist anyone struggling with the sign-up form.