The Missoula City County Health Department is doing a "Come Together" campaign to help protect our community, and keep our residents healthy. What this means for you, is that if you receive the COVID-19 vaccination this week, your name will be entered into drawings for free prizes. One of the top prizes is a $500 gift certificate to Farrside Sign to use for yourself, or donate to your favorite charity. Any charity or non-profit would be grateful to have it as this would mean they could order much needed signage or maybe have their logo placed on a vehicle. Same goes for you, if you need signage or would like vehicle graphics, that would be possible with the gift certificate.

The Health Department will also do daily drawings for prizes. To be considered for prizes, your vaccination must take place during the week of April 11th and must be through the City County Health Department clinics at the former Lucky's location at the Southgate Mall. Lots and lots of appointments are available now for all Missoula County residents ages 16 and older, and it's very simple to book your appointment, it will take you less than 60 seconds. Book your appointment here, and choose the "Missoula City-County Health Department" option in the green box.

As of today, April 9th, 233,777 Montana residents have been fully vaccinated, but the pandemic isn't over yet. 229 new cases were reported today for our state, and a young, healthy friend of our work family recently passed away from complications from COVID-19, leaving behind a 2-year-old and pregnant wife. We must stay diligent with our mask wearing and hand washing for our families and communities.

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While much is still unknown about the coronavirus and the future, what is known is that the currently available vaccines have gone through all three trial phases and are safe and effective. It will be necessary for as many Americans as possible to be vaccinated in order to finally return to some level of pre-pandemic normalcy, and hopefully these 30 answers provided here will help readers get vaccinated as soon they are able.

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