COLORADO SPRINGS — Starting March 5, Coloradans who fall in Phase 1B.3 of the vaccine roll-out will become eligible to get a vaccine. On Friday Gov. Polis announced an update to the COVID-19 vaccine prioritization lists.
Updated Phase 1B.3 List:
- Agricultural workers
- Grocery workers
- Coloradans 60 years and older
- Coloradans 16-59 with two or more comorbidities
Additionally, the governor said Phase 1B.4 will go in effect by the end of March.
There will be an update next week on what date Phase 1B.4 will start. The governor said he estimates it may be around March 21.
Phase 1B.4 Prioritization List:
- People ages 50 and older
- Student-facing higher education faculty and staff
- Frontline essential workers in food/restaurant services
- Frontline essential workers in manufacturing
- Frontline essential workers for the U.S. Postal Service
- Frontline essential workers in public transit
- Frontline essential workers in public health
- Frontline essential human service workers
- Faith leaders
- Frontline essential direct care providers for people experiencing homelessness
- Frontline essential journalists
- Continuity of local government
- Continuation of operations for state government
- Adults who received a placebo during COVID-19 vaccine trials
- People age 16-49 with one high risk condition
The governor's office estimates there are more than 2.5 million Coloradans in the Phase 1B.4 group.
The governor urged people to be patient, and said it will take about 4-5 weeks for everyone in Phase 1B.3 and 1B.4 to get a vaccine.
The governor said he hopes Phase 1B.4 will be the last phase before vaccines become open to the general public, although there may be a another phase segmented by age.
"So if we get to it [Phase 1B.4] March 21 it means that end of April first week in May is when it's general public, or perhaps 40 and up or 35 and up, depending on quantities," said Gov. Polis.
As of Thursday morning, the state said it is 95% of the way to its goal of vaccinating 70% of people 70 years old and up by the end of the month, said Kate McIntire, deputy director of the State Vaccine Task Force.