Montana Public Radio

Laurie Freeman

A Teton County Public Health nurse gives EMS worker Sherwin Smith his COVID-19 vaccine in Choteau on Jan. 8, 2021.
Aaron Bolton / Montana Public Radio

COVID-19 vaccination efforts in counties across the state are shifting from health care workers to  community members. Limited supply has been a problem, but some counties say it's the unpredictability of that supply that’s the real barrier to carrying out plans to vaccinate the public.

A syringe in a COVID-19 vaccine bottle.
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The monumental challenge of distributing COVID-19 vaccines has been complicated by uncertain and limited supply, but the biggest challenge for one rural county on the Rocky Mountain Front is starting over with an entirely new health department.