After reporting Friday that the nation’s vaccine stockpile didn’t exist, Montana’s well being division mentioned the state’s anticipated upcoming allocation has not modified.
“We proceed to obtain correspondence from our federal companions. Vaccine is allotted to Montana on a week-by-week foundation. There’s been no indication that our vaccine provide has been modified for subsequent week’s allocation,” mentioned Jon Ebelt, a spokesperson for the state Division of Public Well being and Human Providers, in an e-mail late Friday.
The Washington Post reported earlier Friday that after the U.S. Division of Well being and Human providers mentioned the federal authorities would push out the second dose of vaccinations it had been holding again, these doses weren’t out there.
However Montana’s deliberate shipments have not modified, Ebelt mentioned.
“Montana has not skilled an interruption in receiving vaccines. We’re getting them to communities as rapidly as potential, and can proceed to maneuver into Section 1B, offering the vaccine to essentially the most susceptible Montanans, subsequent week,” Ebelt mentioned.
Final week, Republican Gov. Greg Gianforte modified the teams of individuals included in Section 1B to incorporate these age 70 and older and people age 16-69 with particular pre-existing well being circumstances. The part additionally contains Native Individuals and different individuals of shade. Gianforte moved important staff and others who do not have particular well being circumstances to the subsequent part, 1C.