LHC creates waiting list for those in 1B vaccine group

Sam Klomhaus – Enterprise Staff Writer
Thursday, January 28, 2021

Livingston HealthCare has created a new waiting list for those eligible for phase 1B of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout.

The list will be limited to 2,000 people, according to an announcement on the hospital’s website, but the hospital won’t stop vaccinating people in phase 1B after the 2,000 people have been vaccinated.

Phase 1B includes those age 70 and over, people with certain chronic conditions that put them at higher risk for COVID-19 and members of certain highrisk groups, such as Native Americans.

According to LHC’s announcement, the waiting list has been created because vaccine demand in Park County significantly outweighs the supply right now.

“Once we have worked our way through the vaccination of the 2,000 people on this waiting list, we will assess the need for creating another waiting list,” the announcement read. “We understand that this may be frustrating; however, we believe this approach will enable us to move forward, be flexible, and make changes as supplies become more widely available.”

The Park County Health Department has estimated there are more than 6,000 county residents eligible for vaccination in phase 1B. The health department has so far been focused on those ages 80 and up, with a vaccine clinic being held Thursday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Shane Center, by appointment only.

So far, according to LHC’s website, the hospital has administered more than 800 COVID-19 vaccine doses to more than 500 people.

According to the state of Montana’s COVID-19 case map, to date 1,278 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in Park County, including 222 people who have received both doses of the vaccine.

The waiting list sign-up can be found here: https://www.livingstonhealthcare. org/Patients-Visitors/Coronavirus-COVID-19-/COVID-19-Vaccine.aspx.

“We have no control over when we receive vaccine, nor the amount of vaccine we receive each week, and doses received may fluctuate week to week,” the hospital’s announcement states.

“We understand that this may be frustrating; however, we believe this approach will enable us to move forward, be flexible ...”

- Livingston HealthCare announcement