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Covid - 19 Update - 1/25/21

Monday, January 25, 2021

We have administered 243 Covid-19 vaccinations to healthcare workers, long term care residents (Phase 1a), and a few of our highest risk patients residing in Sanders County. We received confirmation that we will receive 220 vaccines this week to begin phase 1b distribution as early as Friday. Phase 1b guidelines include individuals age 70 and above, and age 18-69 with certain high risk medical conditions. We will be reaching out to community members who have completed the Covid-19 Vaccination Interest Survey to schedule vaccination appointments. Please keep in mind that we are doing our best to offer vaccines as they become available and it will take us some time to distribute them to those needing them throughout the county.

If you have not completed the Covid-19 Vaccination Interest Survey to show you are interested in receiving the vaccine as it becomes available, you can visit our website: The survey is being used to generate a list for scheduling vaccination appointments at Plains Family Medicine. We ask that you (friends and family can assist as needed) complete the survey if you have not yet done so and you wish to receive a vaccine. You do not need to complete it again if you have already done so. We will contact you as we are able to schedule individuals for appointments. As we continue to deliver care at each of our Family Medicine Network offices around the county, we ask that you don’t call for appointments regarding the vaccine. The survey is meant to streamline this process and it will ask you the appropriate questions so we can reach out to you at the appropriate time. For those who do not have internet access, Sanders County Council on Aging has graciously offered to help individuals complete the survey by phone. They can be reached at 406-741-2343. Their office hours are Monday - Thursday, 8 am - 4 pm. Please keep in mind they are not scheduling the vaccine appointments. They are a resource for those without internet access.

We are working diligently to ensure vaccines are available to Sanders County residents as quickly as possible. We were one of 3 critical access hospitals scheduled to receive more than 100 doses this week. Many more will be needed, but we are blessed to have received what we did. Our commitment is to deliver these as timely as possible so we can assure the State of our ability to use them, and then hopefully continue to receive larger allotments in the coming weeks.

Gregory S. Hanson, MD


Clark Fork Valley Hospital

CFVH Covid-19 Vaccination Interest Survey

The purpose of this survey is to accumulate a list of eligible Sanders County, Montana residents who are ready to get their Covid-19 vaccine when it becomes available for Phase 1b and 1c distribution. We hope that by identifying those wanting to get the vaccine, it will help us secure the correct amount of dosages as well as streamline our scheduling process to alleviate the number of scheduling inquiries received by our Family Medicine Network offices. Click the button below to learn more and/or complete the survey.

Family Medicine Network

Healthcare across Sanders County

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