COLORADO SPRINGS — Gov. Jared Polis provided an update on the state's response to COVID-19 Friday afternoon.
Polis urged providers to offer phone lines for vaccination information to serve the older population in Colorado. Click here for information on vaccination efforts in El Paso and Pueblo counties.
Here are the providers you can contact:
- Denver Health - call 202-436-7000 or visit denverhealth.org/CovidVaccine
- Centura Health - call 866-414-1562 or visit centura.org/vaccine
- UCHealth - call 720-462-2255 or visit UCHealth.org/covidvaccine
- Kaiser Permaente - visit kp.org/covidvaccine/colorado
- Boulder Community Health - call 303-415-7777 or visit bch.org
- Vail Health - call 970-328-9750 or visit vailhealth.org/covid-19/vaccines
- SCL Health - call 1-833-762-0141 or visit sclhealth.org/covidvaccine
- HealthONE - call 303-453-2477 or visit healthonecares.com/vaccine
- Salud Family Health Centers - visit saludclinic.org
The Colorado Department of Public Health presented a vaccine access map to determine where they can increase efforts and identify areas where pop-up clinics would be to increase accessibility. Dr. Jill Hunsaker Ryan, executive director of CDPHE, reiterated the vaccine is free and everyone has access regardless of immigration status.
"It's really important that every adult who can, does get vaccinated," she said. "...It's about leaving no one behind."
Starting today, the state's vaccine dashboard will be live and include race/ethnicity data. During the presentation, it was stated a public health order would be issued to require providers to report demographic data to the best of their ability.
"We know that Colorado has been and is in the very top tier of states when it comes to successful administering of the vaccine," Polis said. We are now in Phase 1B, which is distributing the vaccine to those 70 years and older. The governor hopes by the end of February, 70% of Coloradans in that age group will be vaccinated. With current supply levels, he believes it is the soonest this can happen.
This follows his press conference Tuesday where he announced it's estimated one in every 105 people in the state have COVID-19, and urged everyone to remain cautious by staying socially distant and wearing a mask. People that are asymptomatic may still not be showing symptoms.
He also said with the increase in testing, we have dropped below the 5% positivity rate for the first time in months. In the upcoming months and with the vaccines rolling out more quickly, Polis hopes to get back to normal.
"We rapidly seek to get every Coloradan who wants it, vaccinated," Polis said. "From day one, our focus has been distributing every dose of vaccine distributed from the federal government to save lives and end the pandemic."
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