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Feb 17, 2021

100 Glendive Area Veterans and Staff to Receive First COVID-19 Vaccines Today Following Tester Efforts

Senator secured funding in CARES Act for vaccine development and pushed Administration to protect veterans and VA staff in rural areas across Montana

After sustained efforts from U.S. Senator Jon Tester, Chairman of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, the Montana VA Health Care System is set to receive a shipment of COVID-19 vaccines today with 100 appointments for veterans and staff in Glendive.

"This is a great day for Montana's veterans who are now one step closer to being protected from the coronavirus," said Chairman Tester. "I'm proud to have worked with folks on the ground and in the Administration to ensure this first round of vaccines reaches veterans in Glendive and rural areas across the state. I'll continue holding the VA accountable to quickly and efficiently deliver this vaccine to more communities in need and into the arms of those who've served."

Tester has been fighting to ensure Montana's veterans and VA staff-especially those in rural areas-get their fair share of the COVID-19 vaccine supply. Over the last month, he has announced vaccine distributions in multiple locations across Montana, with hundreds of vaccines expected to be administered to eligible veterans in other cities in the coming weeks.

Vaccinations are available by appointment only for eligible and enrolled veterans. High risk veterans-veterans identified as persons 75 years or older or with a medical condition that may put them at increased risk based on CDC risk criteria and Veterans Health Administration (VHA) guidance-will be called first to schedule vaccine appointments. If a Montana veteran is not enrolled in VHA health care, they are encouraged to call (877) 468-8387 and select Option 4 to find out if they are eligible.

Tester fought tirelessly to secure $11 billion as a part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to support the development of a COVID-19 vaccine, including $156 million for the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease to accelerate research and development of treatment and vaccines. As the top Democrat on the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, he also secured $19.6 billion to strengthen VA's response to the outbreak-including key provisions to keep veterans and staff safe from the virus.

 

Office Contact Information

Senator Tester's Montana staff serves the state from offices in Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Great Falls, Helena, Kalispell, and Missoula. Please bring your concerns with federal agencies, academy nominations, and other situations to one of these Montana offices.

Billings

Judge Jameson Federal Building
2900 4th Ave N, Suite 201
Billings, MT 59101
Phone: (406) 252-0550
Fax: (406) 252-7768

Bozeman

Avant Courier Building
1 E Main Street, Suite 202
Bozeman, MT 59715
Phone: (406) 586-4450
Fax: (406) 586-7647

Butte

Silver Bow Center
125 W Granite, Suite 200
Butte, MT 59701
Phone: (406) 723-3277
Fax: (406) 782-4717

Great Falls

119 1st Avenue N, Suite 102
Great Falls, MT 59401
Phone: (406) 452-9585
Fax: (406) 452-9586

Helena

208 North Montana Avenue
Suite 104
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 449-5401
Fax: (406) 449-5462

Kalispell

8 Third Street E
Kalispell, MT 59901
Phone: (406) 257-3360
Fax: (406) 257-3974

Missoula

130 W Front St.
Missoula, MT 59802
Phone: (406) 728-3003
Fax: (406) 728-2193

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