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Healthcare providers across Colorado set up vaccine hotlines

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Posted at 9:38 AM, Jan 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-25 13:14:08-05

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.

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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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