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UM Begins Phase 1a of Vaccine Rollout

Photo: UM employees who were identified under the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Phase 1a category guidelines received the COVID-19 Moderna vaccine this week. The vaccines were administered by UM health sciences staff in the University pharmacy and Curry Health Center.

MISSOULA ꟷ The University of Montana began its first round of vaccinating employees and who fall under the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Phase 1a category for receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.

 This week, UM Pharmacy Manager Kenneth Chatriand and staff in UM’s Curry Health Center administered more than 100 doses of the Moderna vaccine to University employees who are considered health care personnel or have close, regular contact with COVID-positive persons as essential workers.

The UM Pharmacy is owned and operated by the University’s Skaggs School of Pharmacy and is located in UM’s Curry Health Center. Chatriand will work with students staffed at the pharmacy and with UM’s College of Health programs, including nursing students at Missoula College, to organize vaccine distribution.

Chatriand said he expects to receive about 500 Moderna vaccines next week, with plans to organize distribution for those who fall within the CDC guidelines of the vaccination phased categories.

Capitalizing on its robust bioscience infrastructure, research facilities and statewide network of student and alumni pharmacists, the State of Montana selected the flagship as an approved vaccine holding and distributor center in December, allowing UM to serve as one of Montana’s most significant vaccine distributors.