Per Governor Greg Gianforte's COVID-19 guidance for the State of Montana, as of April 1, 2021, all individuals 16 years of age and older are eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations.

Currently, only the Pfizer vaccine has been authorized for use in individuals who are 16–18 years old. The Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are authorized only for those aged 18 and older.

Vaccine Availability

MSU University Health Partners has the 2-dose Moderna COVID-19 vaccine available and may also have the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine available later this summer.
If you are an MSU student, faculty, or staff member who is 18 years or older and would like to be vaccinated against COVID-19, please log into this website using your MSU NetID and password: https://www.montana.edu/health/coronavirus/vaccine-waitlist/index.html Once logged in, fill out the form confirming your interest in becoming vaccinated. You should then receive an email within 48 hours containing a link to sign up for a specific appointment time and date at the next available clinic. Do not share that link with others - it is only valid for one user.

If you have any difficulty filling out the form or have questions about vaccine appointments, please call (406) 994-3798.

Vaccine Safety

COVID-19 vaccines are effective, and their safety is closely monitored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Food and Drug Administration. The CDC recommends that people get a vaccine as soon as they are eligible and able.

Between Dec. 14, 2020, and the start of May, more than 245 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine were administered in the U.S. The vaccines were evaluated in tens of thousands of participants in clinical trials and met the FDA's rigorous, scientific standards for safety, effectiveness and manufacturing quality so that they could be granted emergency use authorization.

Faculty and Staff

MSU receives its supply of vaccine through the Gallatin City-County Health Department, which receives doses through the state allocation process managed by the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services. Neither MSU nor the Gallatin City-County Health Department nor Bozeman Health, receive vaccines through the federal allocation program, which is providing vaccines to some commercial pharmacies.  

If you are an MSU faculty or staff employee who is eligible for vaccine, please contact GCCHD, Bozeman Health or check with local pharmacies who may have vaccine (in Bozeman, Osco Albertsons, Safeway and Walmart are receiving direct federal shipments of vaccine).

Frequently Asked Questions

Whether MSU can offer the Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines (and others as they become available) will depend on the available supply. Communications about vaccine availability will specify which company’s vaccine will be offered at that time.

Two of the three vaccines currently authorized for use — manufactured by Pfizer or Moderna — each require two shots to provide the most protection. Doses of the Pfizer vaccine should be given 21 days apart. Doses of the Moderna vaccine should be given 28 days apart. The third vaccine authorized for use, manufactured by Johnson & Johnson, is given in a single shot.

MSU is offering doses of the vaccine to its eligible students and/or employees free of cost at this time. MSU will communicate to eligible students and employees when vaccination opportunities become available to them.

Common side effects from the COVID-19 vaccines are similar to flu vaccines you may have received in the past - include pain and swelling at the injection site. People can also experience flu-like symptoms — fever, chills, fatigue and headache — for a few days after receiving a shot.

Should redness or tenderness at the injection site worsen after 24 hours, or if the side effects are worrying you and do not seem to be going away after a few days, consult a doctor.

Some individuals have experienced a severe allergic reaction to vaccinations. If you get a COVID-19 vaccine and think you are having a severe allergic reaction after leaving the vaccination site, seek immediate medical care by calling 911. Learn more about COVID-19 vaccines and rare severe allergic reactions.

Anyone who is allergic to the ingredients in the vaccines should not get vaccinated. Also, if you have an allergic reaction to the first dose, you should not get a second dose. The following PDF fact sheets include lists of ingredients in each company’s vaccine.

Yes, but if you have had COVID-19, you may delay 90 days before getting the vaccine. That is the observed period of natural immunity after having the virus, and research has found that this natural immunity wears off about two the three months.

Yes. The CDC recommends that people get vaccinated whether they had had COVID-19 or not.

Scientists aren't sure yet how long you're protected from getting sick again after recovering from COVID-19. This natural immunity after being sick varies from person to person.

It's rare for someone who has had COVID-19 to get reinfected, and it's uncommon for people to get the disease again with 90 days of recovering, but the science isn't certain yet.

The CDC notes, however, that if you were treated for COVID-19 symptoms with monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma, you should wait 90 days before getting a COVID-19 vaccine. Talk to your doctor if you are unsure what treatments you received or if you have more questions about getting a COVID-19 vaccine.

Yes. It’s unknown at this time whether getting a vaccination will prevent you from spreading the virus to others, even if you don’t get sick yourself. The CDC recommends that you continue wearing a face mask and avoiding close contact after receiving both doses of a vaccine.

Montana State University is not requiring eligible students and/or employees get vaccinated. However, eligible students and/or employees eligible to receive vaccinations are highly encouraged to do so.

No. You will not test positive on a viral test, such as a nasal swab test, that looks for signs of infection. However, you may test positive on an antibody test. That’s because vaccines teach your body to make its own antibodies to fight viruses.

According to the CDC, people who are pregnant and part of a group recommended to get a vaccine may choose to do so. While the chances of severe health effects from COVID-19 are low, people who are pregnant do have an increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19 or adverse pregnancy outcomes.

Breastfeeding is an important consideration but is rarely a safety concern with vaccines, and there is no scientific data to suggest the COVID-19 vaccines are unsafe for those who are breastfeeding.

See more vaccine considerations for people who are pregnant or breastfeeding.

No. The vaccines do not contain infectious material.

Sometimes people get a fever or feel tired for a day or so after getting a vaccine. These symptoms are normal and are a sign that the body is building immunity. It usually takes a few weeks for the body to build immunity after vaccination.

Per Governor Greg Gianforte's COVID-19 guidance for the State of Montana, as of April 1, 2021, all individuals 16 years of age and older are eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations. The Gallatin City-County Health Department provides the most comprehensive and up-to-date information about vaccine availability on this page: https://www.healthygallatin.org/covid-19-vaccines/.

MSU receives its supply of vaccine through the Gallatin City-County Health Department, which receives doses through the state allocation process managed by the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services. Should more vaccine become available through this allocation process, the university has plans to expand its vaccination program. Neither MSU nor the Gallatin City-County Health Department nor Bozeman Health, receive vaccines through the federal allocation program, which is providing vaccines to some commercial pharmacies.  

If you are an MSU faculty or staff employee who is eligible for vaccine, please contact GCCHD, Bozeman Health or check with local pharmacies who may have vaccine (in Bozeman, Osco Albertsons, Safeway and Walmart are receiving direct federal shipments of vaccine). 

MSU University Health Partners is funded by student fees, and its mission is focused on providing student health care. If you are an MSU faculty or staff employee who is eligible for vaccine, please contact GCCHDBozeman Health or check with local pharmacies who may have vaccine (in Bozeman, Osco Albertsons, Safeway and Walmart are receiving direct federal shipments of vaccine).

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Biden Federal Pharmacy Program is for pre-K through 12 teachers, school staff, and licensed childcare workers only. 

There are no plans for this level of availability. The number of vaccine doses available to MSU, which come from Gallatin County via the state’s Department of Public Health and Human Services, is limited. MSU’s priority at this time is its eligible students.

The Gallatin City County Health Department has shared information about who is eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in each phase of the county’s vaccination plan. Information about vaccine eligibility and the county’s vaccine distribution plan is available online at https://www.healthygallatin.org/covid-19-vaccines/.

Much information about the COVID-19 vaccines is published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on its website. Links to those informational pages are below.

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.

Other questions dealing with your unique health situation should be directed to your health care provider. If you are a student, you can contact the Medical Services division of University Health Partners by calling 406-994-2311.

Additional 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.

Updated: April 15, 2021