ICYMI: CDPHE provides latest information on COVID-19 vaccine distribution in Colorado

REMOTE, (Dec. 30, 2020): Today, the state of Colorado provided updates to its phased vaccine distribution plan. The state has been working to fine-tune a phased approach to vaccine distribution in order to save lives and end the crisis that has been brought on by the pandemic as quickly as possible. More than 91,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have already been administered to frontline health care workers since the first shipments of vaccine arrived in Colorado in mid-December. 

Updates to the vaccine distribution plan include an expansion of phase 1B and changes to the age ranges under phases 2 and 3. Moderate risk health care workers and first responders are still covered under phase 1B, which has been expanded to include frontline essential workers and continuity of state government. Phase 1B also now covers Coloradans age 70 and older, who represent 78% of all COVID-19 deaths in the state. Many people in phase 1B will have the opportunity to begin getting vaccinated in the next few days as federal supplies allow and as phase 1A is completed. We expect that we will get through the majority of phase 1A health care workers by January 15 and as we get closer to that date will be able to provide more information for Coloradans on next steps. In the meantime, we encourage Coloradans to visit the COVID-19 vaccine frequently asked questions.

The state is currently coordinating with local public health agencies, health care providers, pharmacies, and diverse community partners to distribute the vaccine as equitably and efficiently as possible to people in phase 1A and 1B. Some phase 1 recipients will receive the vaccine through their employer, local public health agency, enrolled COVID vaccine provider, or through the federal government’s Pharmacy Partnership for Long-term Care (LTC) program

For individuals not receiving a vaccine through one of these options, the state is actively working with local public health agencies to determine which additional providers will vaccinate members of the 1A and 1B groups. Several counties are planning to hold mass vaccination clinics for members of their communities. In the coming days and as more information becomes finalized, we will publish additional locations for vaccine distribution on the state’s website. For more information on vaccine distribution locations, Coloradans may call COHELP at 303-389-1687 or 877-462-2911, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. or visit our Vaccine for Coloradans website. 
The state is continually onboarding providers and coordinating with local public health agencies to determine additional points of distribution. 

View the updated vaccine distribution phases in the graphic below.

Visit the Vaccine for Coloradans page for more information about the COVID-19 vaccine.

Continue to stay up to date by visiting covid19.colorado.gov.

By Brian Allmer - The BARN

Brian Allmer & the BARN are members of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB), the Colorado FFA Foundation, the Colorado 4H Foundation, the Colorado Farm Show Marketing Committee, 1867 Club Board Member, Denver Ag & Livestock Club Member, the Weld County Fair Board, the Briggsdale FFA Advisory Council, Briggsdale 4H Club Beef Leader & Founder / Coordinator of the Briggsdale Classic Open Jackpot Show.