Blaine County Health Officer Urges People to Get Vaccinated Against COVID-19

CHINOOK, Mont. (NMB) – With COVID-19 case rates increasing along the Hi-Line, Blaine County Health Officer Jana McPherson-Hauer is encouraging those that are not yet vaccinated against the virus to get their shot.

“We will probably continue our Thursday walk-in (vaccine clinic) model through the end of August. But we’re not stopping there in our efforts to get the vaccine. So we are trying to let the public know that if there is someone interested in the vaccine and they can’t get to us or a Thursday doesn’t work, or normal business hours don’t work, we are flexible, we are able to meet people where they are as long as it is a safe place where they can receive vaccine and be observed for the required time period afterwards, just to make sure we are doing everything we can do to increase our vaccination rate and utilize that tool against the spread of COVID in Blaine County.”

Blaine County has all three approved varieties of the COVID-19 vaccine available.

McPherson-Hauer says one case of the more contagious delta variant has been confirmed in Blaine County through surveillance testing, and it is quite possible that the variant is already spreading in the area.

“There were some cases that were identified as contacts to that one case that weren’t subtyped. So we know that more than one Blaine County case is probably from delta, but there has been one that has been lab-confirmed as a delta variant.”

To contact the Blaine County Health Department, call 357-2345.

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