Local pharmacies preparing for vaccine arrival

By 
Sam Klomhaus – Enterprise Staff Writer
Thursday, January 14, 2021

Although little is known about how COVID-19 vaccinations will be distributed throughout Montana for phase 1B of the state’s COVID-19 vaccination plan, local pharmacies and health care providers are trying to keep people informed about when the vaccine will be available.

Jessica Gravatt, pharmacy manager at Western Drug, said she’s doing the best she can to stay up on vaccine information, and the best thing for interested parties to do would be to touch base with the pharmacy periodically.

Gravatt said she has been putting people on a “call list” so she can call them when more information becomes available, and that would be a good option for people interested in vaccine news.

Once the vaccine becomes available to the general public, Gravatt said, she will post that information on social media.

At the Osco Pharmacy at Albertsons, a recorded phone message informed listeners the vaccine isn’t available to the general public yet, but will be made available to select groups, following the groupings outlined by the Center for Disease Control and state of Montana.

According to the message, the best way to keep up to date with Albertsons vaccines is by following updates at the chain’s website: https://www.albertsons.com/my-vaccine-communication.html.

The vaccine at Albertsons will be free, according to the website.

At Community Health Partners, a note on the website states, “For our patients, we look forward to offering you the vaccine and will notify you as soon as it is made available to the public. We are not currently scheduling patients for the COVID-19 vaccine or taking names for a waiting list. The timing of your vaccination will depend on vaccine availability and on guidelines that the CDC will provide for a phased and equitable approach to vaccine distribution.”