COVID-19 Vaccines

COVID-19 vaccine is readily available in Gallatin County, anyone 5 years or older is eligible.

On Tuesday, November 2, 2021 the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted to approve the recommendation that children 5 to 11 years old be vaccinated against COVID-19 with Pfizer pediatric vaccine. For more details on this decision, please read their press release. COVID-19 vaccines have undergone – and will continue to undergo – the most intensive safety monitoring in U.S. history. Vaccinating children will help protect them from getting COVID-19 and therefore reducing their risk of severe disease, hospitalizations, or developing long-term COVID-19 complications. Getting your children vaccinated can help protect them against COVID-19, as well as reduce disruptions to in-person learning and activities by helping curb community transmission. 

As of March 29, 2022, a second booster dose has been recommended by the CDC and approved by the FDA.

Following FDA’s regulatory, the CDC has updated its recommendations to allow certain immunocompromised individuals and people over the age of 50 who received an initial booster dose at least 4 months ago to be eligible for another mRNA booster to increase their protection against severe disease from COVID-19.

Separately and in addition, based on newly published data, adults who received a primary vaccine and booster dose of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 vaccine at least 4 months ago may now receive a second booster dose using an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine. Click here to read the entire media statement. 

The Gallatin City-County Health Department can now provide this second booster dose to those that qualify. Please find an available appointment below. 


COVID-19 Appointments

Following FDA’s regulatory, the CDC has updated its recommendations to allow certain immunocompromised individuals and people over the age of 50 who received an initial booster dose at least 4 months ago to be eligible for another mRNA booster to increase their protection against severe disease from COVID-19.

Separately and in addition, based on newly published data, adults who received a primary vaccine and booster dose of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 vaccine at least 4 months ago may now receive a second booster dose using an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine. Click here to read the entire media statement. 

The Gallatin City-County Health Department can now provide this second booster dose to those that qualify. Please find an available appointment below. 

Please note:

  • COVID-19 vaccine is readily available in Gallatin County, anyone 5 years or older is eligible.
  • There is NO WAITING period between getting your COVID-19 vaccine and flu vaccine. Find more information on co-administering flu and COVID-19 vaccines on the CDC’s website. 
  • If you’ve already received a dose of COVID-19 vaccine, please be sure to bring your COVID-19 vaccine card to your appointment! 

Daily/Weekly Clinics:

The Gallatin City-County Health Department will be offering Pediatric Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine appointments. Please click a link below to schedule an appointment. These are for pediatric appointments only, that is 5 to 11 year-olds.

Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins are welcome.

Mobile Clinics:

Check back soon for more mobile clinic dates!

Other Locations:

Pharmacies throughout Gallatin County are offering both walk-in and by appointment COVID-19 vaccines. Each pharmacy could have any of the vaccines available, just simply search for a type of vaccine and location nearest you!

Click here to search vaccines.gov.

COVID-19 immunizations are now available through your primary care provider in Belgrade, Big Sky, and Bozeman. Please call your primary care provider’s office to schedule your vaccine appointment, or to add it to your annual wellness check.

For more information, visit the Bozeman Health website.

If you are a MSU student, faculty, or staff and would like to get your COVID-19 vaccine, please visit the MSU vaccine website.

This location is for students, faculty, and staff of MSU only.

Call to schedule an appointment at the Big Sky Medical Center for your COVID-19 primary series or booster dose, 406-995-6995.

Please Note:

  • Clinic links will be updated each week.
  • Please be sure to note the timeframe for your second dose and your availability to make that appointment!

Gallatin County shares the COVID-19 vaccine allocation between the following facilities:

If you received your first dose with one of these facilities, please make every attempt to get your second dose from the same facility.

COVID-19 cases are still spreading in Gallatin County.

This means everyone should continue to follow critical public health protocols including:

  • Avoid large crowds
  • Wear a mask in public
  • Maintain social distance 
  • Wash your hands often
  • Stay home when you’re sick

Additional Dose/Booster FAQs

General Public

Booster doses have been approved for all three COVID-19 vaccines. The information on boosters is constantly evolving. Please see the most up to date information on COVID-19 boosters at the top of this page. 

Booster doses have been approved for all three COVID-19 vaccines. Read the full press release here for more details. Eligible individuals may choose which vaccine they receive as a booster dose. Some people may have a preference for the vaccine type that they originally received and others may prefer to get a different booster. CDC’s recommendations now allow for this type of mix and match dosing for booster shots.


Vaccine List FAQs

If you’ve lost or misplaced your COVID-19 vaccine card, please contact the location where you received your COVID-19 vaccine.

If you received your vaccine from one of our large clinics at the fairgrounds, a Best Practice Medicine mobile clinic, or from our joint clinics at Bozeman Health, please take the following steps for a replacement card.

    • If you are a Bozeman Health patient, and you received your vaccine through one of their clinics or our joint clinics, you can access your vaccination records through My Chart.
    • If you are located in Gallatin County, please visit our website under the Community menu and choose our Immunization Clinics page. Click on the “Immunizations Record Requests & Forms” and choose “Replacement COVID-19 Vaccine Card Form”. Fill out this form and email, along with a photo of your valid photo ID, to hs@gallatin.mt.gov.
      • Please allow 2 business days for processing.
      • You will need to come to the Gallatin City-County Health Department in person to retrieve the replacement card.
      • You will also need to show a photo ID to pick up your replacement card.
    • If you are not in the local area, you can request your vaccine record using the “Standard Immunization Request Form” on our website. Once you are emailed your vaccination record, it will show the date of your COVID-19 vaccine(s). If you still need a card to carry with you, please contact your local health department and they should be able to provide one using your official vaccine record.
    • If you don’t have access to the internet or you live locally and need help getting your card, please call our main line for additional help. 406-582-3100

Anyone in Gallatin County that is 5 years or older is now eligible to get a primary series of the COVID-19 vaccine. The breakdown of age groups is below.

  • Pediatric Pfizer is the only vaccine that is approved for children age 5-11.
  • Pfizer is approved for those 12 years old or older, and is the only vaccine approved for those 12-17.
  • Moderna is approved for those 18 years old or older.
  • Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) is also approved for those 18 years old or older.
  • Booster shots are also available for all 3 vaccines, for those 12 years old or older. Please see the booster information at the top of the page.

The wait is over! There is no longer a list to get on, you can click on the links above and secure one of the open appointments, OR you can simply walk-in to any clinic and get your vaccine. All clinics have walk-in availability unless otherwise noted.

If you know someone who does not have internet or access to technology, please help them get signed up through our website! If they need extra help, they can call our Call Center who will help them secure an appointment.

PrepMod now has a button to add more family members to an appointment during the appointing process. Additionally, you can walk into any of our clinics that have availability and get everyone their vaccine. Please note, only Pfizer is approved for those under 18. 

We try to label the clinics with the vaccine’s they will have on hand as best we can. Most of the mobile clinics will have Janssen and Pfizer available. If you want a specific brand of vaccine, please visit vaccinefinder.org and secure an appointment with another facility. 

Please keep in mind, Pfizer is the ONLY vaccine that is approved for children ages 5 to 17. Moderna and the Janssen vaccine (Johnson & Johnson) are only authorized for use in individuals 18 or older.

Your name and contact information will be held until we have deemed the information unnecessary or if you specifically ask us to remove it from the list. We are HIPAA compliant so all information is protected under these laws.

There will be specific individuals who will have access to the information, all persons who have access to this confidential information are obligated under federal and state law to protect the information from unreasonable and inappropriate disclosure. Once the community-need for the information has been fulfilled, we will purge the data from the system per our standard privacy practices

General Vaccine FAQs

Anyone in Gallatin County that is 5 years or older is now eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

PLEASE NOTE: Pfizer is the only vaccine that is approved for children age 5 – 17. Moderna and the Janssen vaccine (Johnson & Johnson) are only authorized for use in individuals 18 or older.

Booster doses are also now available for anyone 12 or older. See the Booster Does information at the top of the page.

The wait is over! We do not have a list, but we do have open appointments. Please scroll to the top of this page and choose a date and time that works for you.

Please note the ingredients and the FDA Fact Sheet for each vaccine below.

Pfizer COVID-19 Ingredients

The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine includes the following ingredients: mRNA, lipids ((4-hydroxybutyl)azanediyl)bis(hexane-6,1-diyl)bis(2-hexyldecanoate), 2 [(polyethylene glycol)-2000]-N,N-ditetradecylacetamide, 1,2-Distearoyl-sn-glycero-3- phosphocholine, and cholesterol), potassium chloride, monobasic potassium phosphate, sodium chloride, dibasic sodium phosphate dihydrate, and sucrose. Food and environmental allergies will not prevent you from getting the Pfizer vaccine.

FDA Fact Sheet for Recipients and Caregivers – Pfizer

En Espanol 

Moderna COVID-19 Ingredients

Each dose of the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine contains 100 mcg of nucleosidemodified messenger RNA (mRNA), a total lipid content of 1.93 mg (SM-102, polyethylene glycol [PEG] 2000 dimyristoyl glycerol [DMG], cholesterol, and 1,2-distearoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine [DSPC]), 0.31 mg tromethamine, 1.18 mg tromethamine hydrochloride, 0.043 mg acetic acid, 0.12 mg sodium acetate, and 43.5 mg sucrose.

FDA Fact Sheet for Recipients and Caregivers – Moderna

Janssen COVID-19 Ingredients (Johnson & Johnson)

The Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine includes the following ingredients: recombinant, replication-incompetent adenovirus type 26 expressing the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein, citric acid monohydrate, trisodium citrate dihydrate, ethanol, 2-hydroxypropyl-β-cyclodextrin (HBCD), polysorbate-80, sodium chloride.

Fact Sheet for Recipients and Caregivers – Janssen

En Espanol

Both the Pfizer and the Moderna vaccines require two (2) doses. The first dose helps the immune system recognize the virus, and the second dose strengthens the body’s response to the virus.

  • Pfizer requires two doses, three (3) weeks or 21 days apart. Pfizer recommends a booster dose, see booster information at the top of the page.
  • Moderna requires two doses, four (4) weeks or 28 days apart. Moderna recommends a booster dose, see booster information at the top of the page.
  • Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) requires a single dose. Janssen recommends a booster dose, see booster information at the top of the page.

Both Pfizer and Moderna will provide you with a card after your first vaccine that will show you when you need your second dose. You should remember to bring this to all your COVID-19 vaccine appointments.

Anyone in Gallatin County that is 5 years or older is now eligible to get a primary series of the COVID-19 vaccine. The breakdown of age groups is below.

  • Pediatric Pfizer is the only vaccine that is approved for children age 5-11.
  • Adult Pfizer is also the only vaccine approved for those 12 years old or older.
  • Pfizer Booster is approved for those 16 and older.
  • Moderna is approved for those 18 years old or older.
  • Moderna Booster is approved for those 18 years or older.
  • Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) is also approved for those 18 years old or older.
  • Janssen Booster is approved for those 18 years or older.
  • Pre-existing health conditions should be discussed with your primary care physician prior to a vaccine being given.
  • If you are allergic to any ingredients, you should not get the vaccine.

Anyone who is allergic to the ingredients should not get the vaccine. Also, if you have an allergic reaction to the first dose of the vaccine, you should not get a second dose.

Pfizer COVID-19 Ingredients

The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine includes the following ingredients: mRNA, lipids ((4-hydroxybutyl)azanediyl)bis(hexane-6,1-diyl)bis(2-hexyldecanoate), 2 [(polyethylene glycol)-2000]-N,N-ditetradecylacetamide, 1,2-Distearoyl-sn-glycero-3- phosphocholine, and cholesterol), potassium chloride, monobasic potassium phosphate, sodium chloride, dibasic sodium phosphate dihydrate, and sucrose. Food and environmental allergies will not prevent you from getting the Pfizer vaccine.

FDA Fact Sheet for Recipients and Caregivers – Pfizer

Moderna COVID-19 Ingredients

Each dose of the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine contains 100 mcg of nucleosidemodified messenger RNA (mRNA), a total lipid content of 1.93 mg (SM-102, polyethylene glycol [PEG] 2000 dimyristoyl glycerol [DMG], cholesterol, and 1,2-distearoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine [DSPC]), 0.31 mg tromethamine, 1.18 mg tromethamine hydrochloride, 0.043 mg acetic acid, 0.12 mg sodium acetate, and 43.5 mg sucrose.

FDA Fact Sheet for Recipients and Caregivers – Moderna

Janssen COVID-19 Ingredients (Johnson & Johnson)

The Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine includes the following ingredients: recombinant, replication-incompetent adenovirus type 26 expressing the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein, citric acid monohydrate, trisodium citrate dihydrate, ethanol, 2-hydroxypropyl-β-cyclodextrin (HBCD), polysorbate-80, sodium chloride.

Fact Sheet for Recipients and Caregivers – Janssen

The FDA has reviewed all safety data from the vaccine trials and has set an Emergency Use Authorization for the COVID-19 vaccine.

The COVID-19 vaccines were tested and continue to be tested to make sure they meet safety standards. Many people volunteered in trials to see how the vaccines would work with people of different ages, races, and ethnicities. The trials also tested people with different medical conditions.

The FDA and CDC will continue to monitor the safety of the vaccine, to make sure even long-term side effects are documented. If there are safety concerns, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) will work to solve any issues.

Because COVID-19 is so new, the possibility for long-term health issues is unknown at this point.

Both this disease and the vaccine are new, and scientists continue to learn about the virus that causes COVID-19 and how to stop the spread. We do not know for sure how long protection lasts for those who get infected versus those who are vaccinated. But, what we do know is that COVID-19 has caused very serious illness and death for a lot of people. If you get COVID-19, you also risk giving it to loved ones who may get very sick.

All COVID-19 vaccines were tested in large trials done on thousands of volunteers. So far, studies show that immunity from the vaccine seems to last longer than immunity from fighting the natural virus.

It is still recommended that you practice critical public health protocols even after receiving the vaccine.

  • Avoid crowds
  • Wear a mask in public
  • Maintain at least 6 feet distance from people
  • Wash your hands often
  • Stay home when you’re sick

Yes, but maybe not right away. If you have had COVID-19, you may delay 90 days before getting the vaccine. The reason is that natural infection immunity seems to wear out after two to three months. We are hoping that the vaccine will provide longer lasting immunity. So far, the antibody responses to the vaccine seem to last longer than the antibody responses to natural infection.

You should tell the person giving you your COVID-19 vaccination if you have any of the following:

  • Allergies
  • Currently have a fever
  • Bleeding disorder or are on a blood thinner
  • Are immunocompromised or are on a medication that affects your immune system
  • Are pregnant or plan to become pregnant
  • Are breastfeeding
  • Have received a COVID-19 vaccine before

The most common side effects are listed below. These are signs your immune system is working the way it is supposed to work, and that you are building up protection against COVID-19. Any of these symptoms will typically go away within a week. If you have any of these side effects that don’t go away on their own after a week, be sure to contact your primary care physician.

  • Injection site pain
  • Tiredness or fatigue
  • Headache
  • Muscle pain
  • Chills
  • Joint pain
  • Fever
  • Injection site swelling or redness
  • Nausea
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Generally feeling unwell

No. None of the COVID-19 vaccines currently being developed in the United States have the virus that causes COVID-19 in them. If you happen to get infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 just before or just after you received the vaccine, you could still get COVID-19. This is because the vaccine has not had enough time to provide protection from the virus.

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.

No. The COVID-19 vaccines will not cause you to test positive on a viral test (like a swab test) that looks for current COVID-19 infection. You may test positive on an antibody test, this is because one of the ways that vaccines work is to teach your body to make antibodies.

No. The unique nature of COVID-19 has required a unique response when it comes to a vaccine. Moderna and Pfizer have created a vaccine which uses messenger RNA (mRNA). A nucleic acid, mRNA is responsible for guiding how your body responds to an invading organism like this virus. In action, the Moderna and Pfizer vaccinations will allow mRNA to create the antibodies necessary to defend the virus that causes COVID-19 without the need to inject virus particles into the body.

We recommend you follow the critical public health protocols until you are fully immunized. Fully immunized means it has been 2 weeks since your second dose (Pfizer and Moderna) or single dose (Janssen).

Here’s why:

  • Both Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two doses, given 3-4 weeks apart.
  • The effect of a vaccine is not immediate. Your immune system needs time to build up antibodies in order to fight off the virus.
  • You are expected to have some level of protection after the first dose, but full protection may not come for weeks after the second dose – up to two months or more after your first dose.

The federal government has established the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund (PHSSEF). This will help make sure the COVID-19 vaccine is distributed free of charge to providers around the state. Some providers may or may not charge a fee when administering the vaccine to you.

Your name and contact information will be held until we have deemed the information unnecessary or if you specifically ask us to remove it from the list. We are HIPAA compliant so all information is protected under these laws.

There will be specific individuals who will have access to the information, all persons who have access to this confidential information are obligated under federal and state law to protect the information from unreasonable and inappropriate disclosure. Once the community-need for the information has been fulfilled, we will purge the data from the system per our standard privacy practices

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