Allocations of COVID-19 vaccine are made weekly to the Billings Area Indian Health Service (IHS). As vaccines are received, IHS is distributing and administering vaccine consistent with guidance provided by the CDC and Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices:
- Phase 1a: health care personnel and long term care facility residents
- Phase 1b: persons 75 years and older and frontline essential workers (first responders, teachers, food and agriculture, manufacturing, correction workers, U.S. Postal Service, public transit, and grocery store workers)
- Phase 1c: people aged 65 to 74 years old and people 16 to 64 years old who have high-risk medical conditions, and other essential workers
- Phase 2: all other persons aged ≥16 years not already recommended for vaccination in Phases 1a, 1b, or 1c
It will take time to deliver and administer the vaccine. Until then, we must continue to diligently prevent the spread of COVID-19 by consistently practicing the 3 Ws: Wear a mask, Watch your distance, Wash your hands.