Currently in Phase 1B of COVID-19 Vaccine Administration
General COVID-19 Vaccine Information
Bozeman Health is following the Phase 1B guidelines as outlined by the state of Montana and closely collaborating with Gallatin City-County Health Department on administering COVID-19 vaccine to those individuals in Phase 1B. Due to these guidelines and with limited and uncertain COVID-19 vaccine allocations, we are not able to venture outside of the established phases.
If an individual falls into the Phase 1B category and is not a Bozeman Health patient, visit the Gallatin City-County Health Department for county vaccine appointment information and locations.
We encourage all community members to sign up for Gallatin City-County Health Department's vaccine email/text alert notifications.
Scheduling Your COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment
Through our electronic health record, Bozeman Health is able to identify all patients who fall within the Phase 1B eligibility. We will be contacting small randomized groups of patients at a time to schedule their immunization appointment as we receive allocations of COVID-19 vaccine.
Bozeman Health has nearly 30,000 patients in Phase 1B, and we are getting approximately 1,100 to 1,300 doses a week. It will take us weeks to get through this phase. If you haven’t yet been called or received an email, thank you for your patience. You will be contacted as we continue to get more vaccine and are able to schedule more administration days at Deaconess Hospital and Big Sky Medical Center.
As a Bozeman Health patient, please be prepared to sign-up for an appointment when you are contacted by doing the following:
- Review the Phase 1B criteria above
- Read the Emergency Use Authorization information
- Check the calendar to ensure you can receive your second dose at the appropriate time
- Confirm that you have not received any other vaccine (Shingles, Influenza, TDap, etc.) within the past two weeks and do not schedule another vaccine until after your second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine
- Ensure that you have the information needed to schedule your appointment when you are contacted (CLICK THIS LINK)
Please do not call your provider or your provider’s office regarding your eligibility or with general vaccine questions, as this is causing delays in our ability to contact patients within Phase 1B. If patients have health related concerns and need to understand their individual medical readiness for receiving a vaccine, we are asking that you please schedule a telehealth appointment to discuss your questions directly with your provider.
Bozeman Health is using the PrepMod platform for online appointment scheduling, as well as calling patients directly to schedule. If you have not yet been contacted, please don't worry--you will be.
If you are not in Phase 1B, and you have not directly been contacted by Bozeman Health, please do not sign-up for a vaccine appointment.
Watch this short video on what you as a Bozeman Health patient can expect on COVID-19 vaccine administration.
COVID-19 Vaccine Administration at Deaconess Hospital
COVID-19 immunization is taking place at Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital on March 2 and March 9 from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. An email was sent on Thursday, February 25 to a randomized list of patients in the Bozeman/Belgrade areas that are in Phase 1B and meet eligibility, inviting them to schedule an appointment via PrepMod, the online scheduling platform, for COVID-19 immunization at Deaconess Hospital.
We also recognize not all patients can utilize technology in this way and will manually appoint some during each vaccine administration day.
COVID-19 Vaccine Administration at Big Sky Medical Center
Big Sky Medical Center will next be immunizing patients against COVID-19 in the coming weeks. Patients of Big Sky Medical Center will be contacted directly to schedule their appointment to receive the vaccine. When BSMC receives vaccine, it is usually between 100 and 200 doses at a time. There are approximately 1,300 Big Sky Medical Center patients in Phase 1B, and with receiving limited vaccine, it will take a while to be able to offer the vaccine to everyone.
We anticipate that on Sunday, March 7, 2021, Big Sky Medical Center will have 600 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine to administer to Big Sky Medical Center patients who meet Phase 1B eligibility and wish to be immunized against COVID-19.
Big Sky Medical Center will pull a randomized list of patients that meet the Phase 1B criteria. That list of patients will be emailed a link on Friday, February 19, 2021 to sign-up for an immunization appointment on Sunday, March 7, 2021. The email will contain the sign-up link, directions on where to go, and additional information about the vaccination process. If you receive that email, please do not forward the link to others, as they may not meet Phase 1B eligibility.
Upcoming Scheduling Opportunities
There will be upcoming opportunities to schedule your appointment for immunization against the COVID-19 virus in the coming weeks and we will continue to share that information as we receive additional vaccine allocations.
With a significant number of patients that meet the Phase 1B criteria, we don't anticipate being able to offer the vaccine to all those who want to be immunized against COVID-19 in Phase 1C or Phase 2 until this summer at the earliest. This could always change but that is currently what we are expecting.
We can't wait to give you your "I Got My COVID-19 Vaccine" sticker! It's our honor to care for you.