Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte announced Jan. 19 that the state is moving from Phase 1A into Phase 1B for vaccinations. This phase of the state's distribution plan makes vaccinations available to:

  • People age 70 and older.
  • People aged 16-69 with high-risk medical conditions.
  • Native Americans or other persons of color who may be at elevated risk for COVID-19 complications.
  • Everyone eligible under Phase 1A (front-line health care workers, long-term care and assisted living facilities, and health care workers with direct patient contact or virus exposure)

Please note: Vaccine supplies remain limited at this time. MSU will communicate information about availability as soon as possible. We ask for your patience in this process.

Read MSU's frequently asked questions about the vaccines

Vaccine information from the CDC

Additional information and the answers to many frequently asked questions about the available COVID-19 vaccines are listed on the Gallatin City-County Health Department vaccine information page.

Montana State is an approved vaccine distributor

In December 2020, MSU received Centers for Disease Control and Prevention approval to be a COVID-19 vaccine provider for its students. The university began making plans for storing and distributing the vaccine — dependent on federal and state supplies and priorities.

MSU demonstrated to the CDC that it has the ultra-cold freezers needed to store the Pfizer vaccine and backup electrical power to ensure continuous operation of the freezers. (The Pfizer vaccine must be stored at temperatures of minus 90 degrees Fahrenheit or below; the Moderna vaccine must be stored below minus 4 degrees.)

MSU received its initial doses of vaccine in late December 2020 and provided vaccinations to its clinical workers at University Health Partners, the campus student health clinic.

The state Department of Public Health and Human Services also authorized the distribution of vaccinations to students who are in clinical programs where they will have contact with patients — roughly 215 students in the College of Nursing, the WWAMI Regional Medical Education Program, the Regional Initiatives in Dental Education, and Gallatin College’s programs in phlebotomy and surgical and medical assistants.

Updated: Jan. 27, 2021