Billings Clinic to provide first COVID-19 vaccinations on Tuesday
Billings, MT-Billings Clinic will administer its first doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday, December 14, at noon. The first vaccines will go to a team of five people that will be representing every member of the Billings Clinic health system and first responders that have been at the forefront of caring for our rural and urban Montana and Wyoming communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. The team members receiving the first vaccinations will be a respiratory therapist, paramedic, environmental services staff member, nurse and a physician.
The CDC required that the first allocations of COVID-19 vaccines go to health care workers and those in long-term care facilities.
Billings Clinic has been planning our vaccination effort for weeks and with our first shipment of 975 doses, we will be ready to go after the final preparations and educational steps are complete. The first vaccines will be distributed to frontline health care staff and members of the Billings Fire Department.
Every person who works at Billings Clinic is essential and we will vaccinate them as quickly as we can. While the vaccine is not mandatory, we fully support its use and encourage everybody who does not have a religious or medical concern to consider receiving it when it is available to them.
The development and receipt of this vaccine is hoped to be a significant step in slowing the spread of COVID-19 and will help us work toward the world-wide goal of ending this pandemic as soon as possible. We are happy to be able to begin offering it. More updates and information will be shared in the days and weeks ahead, and in the meantime you can read more about the vaccine from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention by clicking here.