COVID-19 Vaccine

General information regarding the available COVID-19 vaccines is presented in the slides below. For more information visit the CDC's website on the COVID-19 vaccine. This page was last updated on June 18, 2021. Use the grey arrows to the right and left of the content below to scroll to the next page.

Quick Facts

How does the COVID-19 vaccine work?  

  • The vaccine works with your immune system to teach it how to recognize and fend off the virus that causes COVID-19, safeguarding you from getting sick with COVID-19. As your body recognizes and defends you against the infection after the vaccine, you avoid the possibility of suffering from severe illness, long-term health effects, or even death. Receiving the vaccine can be lifesaving, since COVID-19 can affect you and those around you differently.

Just how safe is the COVID-19 vaccine? 

  • Very! Both of the available vaccines have gone through rigorous studies to ensure safety and efficacy. Neither vaccine contains the live virus that causes COVID-19 - this means that the vaccine can NOT and will NOT make you sick with COVID-19.
  • After you get the vaccine, it takes the body a few weeks to build protection against the virus. This means that a person could get sick just before or just after getting vaccinated. This is because the vaccine hasn't had enough time to teach the body to recognize and fend of the COVID-19 virus. 

The vaccine is an important tool to stop the pandemic.

  • Ending a pandemic requires using ALL the tools we have available. This means that once you are vaccinated, you should continue to avoid crowds, wear masks, social distance, and wash your hands frequently. 
  • Wearing masks and social distancing continue to be important actions to reduce the spread of the virus, however these are not enough on their own. The combination of receiving the vaccine and following the CDC's recommendations will provide the best protection from COVID-19.

Approved Vaccines

There are currently three approved vaccines in the U.S. Introductory information about each vaccine is presented below. Vaccine doses will be given to the American people at no cost. However, vaccination providers like pharmacies and clinics may be able to charge administration fees for administering the shots. These fees can be reimbursed by providers through a patient's public or private insurance company. In the case of uninsured patients, fees can be reimbursed by the Health Resources and Services Administration's Provider Relief Fund

Moderna

  • Requires 2 shots - 28 days apart - given in the upper arm
  • Determined to be 94% effective in preventing COVID-19 illness in people without evidence of previous infection
  • Available for those 18 years of age and up

Pfizer-BioNTech

  • Requires 2 shots - 21 days apart - given in the upper arm
  • Determined to be 95% effective in preventing COVID-19 illness in people without evidence of previous infection
  • Available for those 12 years of age and up 

Johnson & Johnson's Janssen

  • Requires 1 shot - given in the upper arm
  • Determined to be 66.3% effective in preventing COVID-19 illness in people without evidence of previous infection
  • Available for those 18 years of age and up
Most Common Side Effects of the Vaccines
In the arm where the shot was givenThroughout the rest of the body
PainChills
SwellingTiredness
RednessHeadache

 

These side effects usually begin 2-3 days after vaccination and should go away after a few days.

The Vaccine in Billings

Local community partners are organizing FREE vaccination clinics for anyone! Those who get the vaccine will receive a $5 Albertsons Gift Card provided by the Downtown Billings Alliance. Dates for these clinics are as follows:  

June 22: noon - 2:00pm                            - at the Falcon Run Community Center: 302 Sioux Lane Billings, MT 59105

June 25: 5:00 - 7:00 pm                        - at the Rimrock Mall: 300 S 24th St W, Billings, MT 59102

These dates and locations will be offering both the Pfizer and J&J vaccines. 

More information can be found at https://covid.riverstonehealth.org/ or by calling (406) 651-6410

Vaccination in Yellowstone County

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45% of the eligible population in the state of Montana has been fully vaccinated

43% of the eligible population in Yellowstone County has been fully vaccinated 

Statistics provided by the Montana DPHHS