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January 29, 2021
Governor Polis provided an update about the State’s efforts to vaccinate Coloradans. During the press conference, he shared that 90% of our highest-risk, frontline health care workers have received both doses of the vaccine. 100% of skilled nursing facilities have received their first dose and 71% have received their second dose. 90% of moderate risk health care workers and first responders have received their first dose, and 34% of Coloradans ages 70 and over have received their first dose.
Governor Polis set the goal of vaccinating 70% of Coloradans 70 and older by February 28th, and remains confident that this goal will be reached. This group represents more than 75% of COVID-related deaths and nearly 40% of hospitalizations. There are about 562,000 people 70 and older in Colorado, and vaccinating 70% of this group means vaccinating 393,639 of them.
The Governor also provided an update to Colorado’s COVID-19 vaccine prioritization list. The main updates are:
- Phase 1B will now be known as Phase 1B1, which is where we are right now. This includes Coloradans 70 and older, as well as moderate risk health care workers and first responders.
- Phase 1B2 includes Coloradans ages 65-69, as well as PreK-12 educators and child care workers in licensed programs – They will be eligible to receive a vaccine beginning on February 8th.
- Phase 1B3 includes frontline essential workers and Coloradans ages 16-64 with two or more high risk conditions – They will be eligible to receive a vaccine beginning in early March. The State estimates vaccinations will begin for this group by March 5th.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, the Governor has relied on data when making key public health decisions. The choice to move forward in vaccinating Coloradans 65-69 and PreK-12 educators and child care workers in licensed programs is based on the confidence in conservative estimates around weekly allocations of the vaccine moving forward.
How will they be able to sign up to get vaccinated:
- Coloradans 65-69 can sign up with a local provider to schedule an appointment and they can find the closest to them by going to COCOVIDVACCINE.org. Just like Coloradans 70 and older do right now.
- PreK-12 educators and child care workers in licensed programs, should work with their employers. Employers are coordinating with local public health agencies and providers.
- The State will provide more information for front line essential workers in the coming weeks.
Anyone looking for more information can visit COCOVIDVACCINE.org or call 1-877-CO VAX CO (1-877-268-2926).
At either of these resources, you can find the latest information on how to best contact providers and sign up for a vaccine waitlist.
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