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  • Covid Shots for Kids Scarce - Demand Mixed


    When children ages 5 to 11 were approved for Pfizer’s lower-dose pediatric covid-19 vaccine in November, Annie Edwards was eager to get her daughter Hannah, then 5, the shot because of underlying health conditions she has stemming from her premature birth. “She was on a ventilator for the first month of her life. Throughout this whole covid ordeal, I just keep thinking of those memories,” Edwards said. Many parents in more urban areas of Montana quickly found the vaccine when it became available. The search was more challenging for Edwar...

  • Wildfire Smoke Drives People in Low-Vaccinated Areas Indoors

    Aaron Bolton, For the Courier|Jul 28, 2021

    Missoula's new downtown library was teeming with people who might typically spend a Saturday afternoon hiking, biking or otherwise making the most of Montana's abundant outdoor recreation. One look at the soupy haze blanketing the city and it was clear why. "We're definitely trying to stay out of the smoke," Charlie Booher said as his kids picked out books from the stacks. Smoke from the wildfires burning through bone-dry forests and grasslands in the West has damaged air quality this week from...

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