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Why is Lincoln County getting the short end of the stick on vaccinations?

| February 9, 2021 7:00 AM

To the editor:

With the vaccine roll out in Montana it appears a few common sense questions need to be asked. The state has now implemented a dashboard on its website that shows the roll out across the state. When looking at the site on Jan. 28, Lincoln County is among those at the bottom of the list for inoculations.

At 38 residents vaccinated per 1,000 or 641 inoculations, we are fourth from the bottom. The highest are Blaine and Treasure counties with more than 233 residents vaccinated per 1,000.

With the lung issues in this county, the question is: why? It appears the county commissioners and health board should be asking lots of questions. Maybe it is something as simple as our county not updating its figures. Maybe it is a little more complex. Maybe the questions are being asked and we just are not properly informed.

Nevertheless, the people in the positions to make a difference — commissioners, health board members and doctors in the community and the press, including the newspaper — should be asking questions.

Take a look at the state dashboard. You, too, will wonder why there is such a variance from county to county.

Steve Garrett