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AARP and other groups step up efforts to help seniors get vaccinated

Government partners with AARP, Walgreens, CVS to get seniors the COVID-19 vaccine
Posted at 5:36 AM, Feb 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-08 08:53:03-05

COLORADO SPRINGS — The CDC says those 65 years older, account for 8 in every 10 deaths attributed to COVID-19. Hospital vaccine waiting lists are long, and many seniors just want some sort of normalcy back.

Now there are groups outside the health care system that are getting involved to help seniors get vaccinated. AARP, Walmart, and Kroger, have been stepping up efforts to help seniors navigate the vaccination process.

AARP has been holding telephone town halls for people to voice their concerns to government leaders. A major issue being heard is people are on a list to get the vaccine, but no one is calling them back. The agency also has a vaccination guide for Colorado.

Starting today, Walmart and King Sooper pharmacies will begin receiving vaccines from the federal government to administer to eligible Coloradans at local pharmacies. Supplies will be limited, and appointments may not be available immediately.

The CDC has created a webpage that lists the pharmacy partners participating in programs to get seniors vaccinated in every state, including Colorado.

Starting today, Coloradans age 65 to 69 will be eligible to get vaccinated, along with teachers and educational staff as well as licensed child care workers.