GREAT FALLS — With people as young as 12 now eligible to receive Pfizer’s COVID vaccine, Alluvion Health in Great Falls is preparing to host a vaccine clinic.
Alluvion plans to partner with the Cascade City-County Health Department to offer vaccines to people from 2 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Friday, May 21 at the Montana ExpoPark.
They expect to have least 1,500 doses available. The Pfizer vaccine is given in two shots. People who receive their first shot at the May 21st event will receive their second shot on Friday, June 11th.
This week, the federal Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) recommended the Pfizer vaccine for anyone 12 and older, and the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines for anyone 18 years old and older.
Since vaccine availability, more than 50,691 shots have been administered in Cascade County and more than 24,276 Cascade County residents are fully vaccinated. The CDC recommends all eligible individuals 12 and older get vaccinated to prevent the illness and spread of COVID-19.
"This is definitely not a one-time deal, this is just sort of the beginning. As we see these things change, it's important that we maintain these partnerships and maintain the chance to get as many people vaccinated in our community as possible,” Alluvion Health Chief Strategic Officer Casey Schreiner said.
Trisha Gardner, Cascade County Health Officer, said, “I encourage families to take advantage of this opportunity and get all eligible individuals vaccinated.”
“We are not out of the woods yet,” says Dr. Mark Miles, Alluvion Health Chief Medical Officer. “Cascade County has seen an uptick in positive COVID-19 cases in the past few weeks. As summer activities and gatherings continue to ramp up, it is important we continue to vaccinate members of our community to keep COVID-19 cases at bay.”