June 20, 2022

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Montana COVID-19 entrepreneur travels to assist vaccine deserts

VIRGINIA City — Although many corporations in this southwestern Montana “ghost town” reel in vacationers with its mining and Wild West vigilante earlier, 1 businessman arrived giving a present day merchandise: COVID-19 vaccines.

Kyle Austin, a traveling pharmacist, set up his mobile clinic in Virginia Town on a modern Saturday, the newest stop on his circuit of Montana’s vaccine deserts.

“In any enterprise, heading to the people today is far better than ready for the people today to occur to you,” the 38-calendar year-previous pharmacist informed Kaiser Wellness Information. 

When several corporations scaled back at the height of the pandemic, Austin saw COVID as an opportunity. He opened his have store, Pharm406, in Billings — a nod to Montana’s lone area code. Then when the COVID vaccine grew to become accessible, and thousands of men and women across Montana ended up stuck on waitlists, he strike cities massive and little in a university bus turned vaccine clinic, supplying photographs with no appointment required.