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Governor Polis announces program to support costs of administering COVID-19 vaccine

Posted at 11:07 AM, Sep 02, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-03 07:14:42-04

Governor Jared Polis announced a COVID-19 Primary Care Vaccination Program as cases and hospitalizations continue increasing across Colorado.

Beginning Thursday, September 2, primary care providers can receive grant funding ranging from $60,000 to $120,000, depending on practice size, to support the costs it takes to administer COVID-19 vaccines.

The grant money is coming from federal funds, for more information on the program or to apply for funding, click here.

Governor Polis announced 75% of eligible adults in the state have received at least one dose of the vaccine, and more than 70% of eligible adults are fully vaccinated.

For those celebrating Labor Day Weekend, Polis encouraged people to do so in small groups.

The update comes as ICU bed capacity in Larimer County surpasses 90% for the second week in a row, and as of Tuesday, 103% of ICU beds are being used.

Larmier County public health officials and UCHealth staff in northern Colorado voiced their concerns to the community.

"Seeing people with COVID-19, young people, old people struggling to breathe on ventilators is sobering to say the least. Those that don’t think this is real, you are very, very wrong. COVID-19 is very serious and is threatening our hospital systems again," said Larimer County Public Health Director, Tom Gonzales.

On Wednesday, the superintendent for School District 11 announced that staff will be required to wear masks in school starting Tuesday, September 7.

The district released a message saying that based on current trends, they anticipate the mask mandate threshold for elementary students and staff will also be reached by Tuesday, September 7.

We will update this story as more information becomes available.