Vaccine clinic for essential workers set for Thursday

By 
Sam Klomhaus — Enterprise Staff Writer
Friday, March 26, 2021

Frontline essential workers are eligible for a mass vaccination clinic being held Thursday at the Park County Fairgrounds.

The clinic is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Park County Health Officer Dr. Laurel Desnick said Friday all frontline essential workers qualify for the clinic, basically anyone who works directly with the public in their jobs, such as people who work in retail, at grocery stores, at gas stations, tradespeople, educators and more.

That group of people has worked to keep Park County open during the pandemic, Desnick said, and so this is a way of rewarding them.

“This is our way of thanking them,” Desnick said.

All the vaccine providers in the county are pooling their resources to help with the clinic, Desnick said, so there should be more resources available to hold the event.

Park County’s vaccine providers are the Health Department, Livingston HealthCare, Community Health Partners, Western Drug, Osco Pharmacy at Albertsons and the Medcor Clinic at Mammoth.

Desnick said she expects at least 400 doses of the Moderna vaccine to be available for the clinic and potentially more, although she hasn’t gotten the final number yet.

A couple hundred appointments were made available to frontline workers Friday, Desnick said, with more expected to follow Monday.

Appointments can be made at the Health Department’s COVID-19 response website, which can be found here: https://park-county-coronavirus-response-parkcounty.hub.arcgis.com/.

The COVID-19 response website can also be reached through a link on the county’s homepage, parkcounty.org.

Desnick said appointments are being booked quickly, so those who don’t get a spot Friday should try again Monday.

All Montanans age 16 and up will be eligible to receive the vaccine starting April 1, although the clinic is for those 18 and up because the Moderna vaccine isn’t approved for 16 and 17 year olds. The vaccine is free.

Desnick said the vaccine clinics following Thursday’s will be available for the general public.

“We’re so glad this moment has finally arrived,” Desnick said.