Governor’s Update on Colorado 5-20-2021
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May 20, 2021
Covid Vaccine Effort Update
Quick COVID Resources
- COVID19.Colorado.gov – CLICK HERE
- COVID Testing – CLICK HERE
- Find a Vaccine Provider – CLICK HERE
- Colorado Exposure Notifications – CLICK HERE
Governor Jared Polis provided an update on the COVID-19 pandemic and vaccination efforts in Colorado, particularly vaccinations among younger people. The Governor was joined by State Epidemiologist Dr. Rachel Herlihy, Colorado’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Eric France, and Dr. Suchitra Rao, Children’s Hospital Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialist at Children’s Hospital Colorado and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado.
“We all have a role to play in protecting our children. If your child is eligible for the vaccine, make a plan today,” said Governor Jared Polis. “If not, there are steps you can take to ensure they are not put at risk for contracting the virus. With vaccinations widely available in Colorado, make sure to get yourself protected and continue wearing a mask if you have not. Together we can put this pandemic behind us, but we need Coloradans to roll up their sleeves and get the lifesaving vaccine. It’s not only about your health, but the health of your closest family and friends.”
Adolescents 12-15 years old just became eligible for the Pfizer vaccine last week, and 11% of that age group has already been with one dose. 44% of persons 16 – 29 and 66% of persons 30 and older have also received one dose. Overall, 57% of eligible Coloradans have received one dose.
“We are now seeing even more cases and hospitalizations among children and adolescents, and many of them could be completely prevented. That’s why it’s so important for eligible children to get vaccinated. The data is clear that this vaccine is the best way to avoid getting the virus and protecting your family,”said Dr. Rachel Herlihy, State Epidemiologist.
In an effort to get even more vaccines into communities across the state, Colorado is working directly with primary care providers to enroll them in the state’s COVID-19 vaccine provider program. Primary care providers everywhere in Colorado can enroll today as a vaccine provider and start providing the COVID-19 vaccine to patients and their families, while discussing the benefits and safety. Interested providers should email firstname.lastname@example.org for more registration, enrollment, and onboarding information.
“I understand that many Coloradans still have questions about the vaccine and whether they should get it, but far and away, the vaccine is the most effective way to protect yourself and your family.” – Dr. Suchitra Rao, Children’s Hospital Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialist at Children’s Hospital Colorado and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado.
Walk-up Vaccination Sites
All of our “Vaccines for All” Community Vaccination Sites offer same-day, walk-in vaccination appointments when there are available appointments with no advance registration required.
Adams County – Dick’s Sporting Goods Park
Sunday – Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m
Register for Dick’s Sporting Goods Park – CLICK HERE
Denver County – Ball Arena
Monday – Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Register for Ball Arena – CLICK HERE
El Paso County – Broadmoor World Arena
Friday – Tuesday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Closed 5/21 – 5/24
Register for Broadmoor World Arena – CLICK HERE
Larimer County – The Ranch Events Complex
Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Register for The Ranch Event Complex – CLICK HERE
Mesa County – Mesa County Public Health Department
Wednesday – Friday 3 p.m. to 7 p.m and Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Register for Mesa County Public Health Department – CLICK HERE
Pueblo County – Colorado State Fairgrounds
Friday – Monday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Register for Colorado State Fairgrounds – CLICK HERE
Now, getting to your appointment or a walk-in site is easier than ever. Click below, call 211, or text your zip code to 898-211 for access to free rides (up to 25 miles each way) to vaccination sites across Colorado through Mile High United Way’s “Ride United” program.
Website: 2-1-1 Colorado (211colorado.org)
Power the Comeback
To meet the needs of Coloradans with language barriers and lack of access to accurate information, we have hired IDEA Marketing that specializes in reaching hard-to-reach communities. This is a non-traditional media campaign that gives everyone the power to tell their story and be a part of the launch of the greatest economic comeback this state has ever seen.
This campaign, like Colorado itself, is unique. It utilizes non-traditional strategies to form coalitions across trusted messengers in community-based and faith-based organizations, harnesses the power of 120 community influencers that signed on to share the latest science and data around vaccines, provides a text message program available in English and Spanish for people to get their questions answered, and is built to be flexible and responsive to the changing data so we can reach more folks who need support making plans to get the vaccine.
Ads are running on TV, radio, online, social media and coming soon to a business near you, and individuals can help bring forward a normal life for your family and community by using the hashtag #PowerTheComeback to share your vaccination story. Opt-in to the highly informative text messaging program by texting “vaccine” for English or “vacuna” for Spanish to 1-855-355-4566.
How we end the Economic Crisis
Getting the vaccine should be as easy as showing up for work. The Governor is proud to announce that Colorado is offering a new workplace vaccination program, which will allow employers, unions, and trade associations of any size to provide their workers with more opportunities to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in a familiar and convenient location.
Employers can enroll and request a free, on-site vaccination event by filling out a Google form – there is no workplace too small to get vaccinated!
All staffing, logistics, and vaccine supplies will be coordinated and provided by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
The State of Colorado has been ahead of the curve on getting our workforce protected against this virus. All regular employees in Colorado receive four hours of paid time off (PTO) to use for vaccine appointments and to recover from vaccine side effects. If you’re a regular employee and find this is not the case in your workplace, call the Department of Labor and Employment’s Division of Labor Standards and Statistics at (303) 318-8441 to ask questions or voice a complaint.
Office of Governor Polis
200 E. Colfax, State Capitol, Denver, CO 80203
200 E Colfax, State Capitol, Denver, CO 80203