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Pueblo first responders receive first doses of Moderna vaccines

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Posted at 1:34 PM, Dec 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-24 15:34:56-05

PUEBLO — Several first responders received one of two doses of the Moderna vaccine Wednesday, according to the Pueblo County Sheriff's Office.

“It’s impressive for us to be able to get this vaccine out so quickly to our first responders,” Pueblo County Sheriff Kirk M. Taylor said in a release. “This a step closer to getting the vaccine to the general public and getting us back to the life we all enjoy.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gave the green light earlier this week to begin administering the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to Americans age 18 and older with inoculations using Moderna’s version of the vaccine begin Monday morning.

Pueblo received its first shipment of vaccines from Pfizer on Dec. 15. The sheriff's office is working with the Pueblo Department of Public Health to distribute vaccines.

"The distribution of the vaccine is based on a phased approach that is focused on vaccinating those people who are at the highest risk of getting COVID-19 based on their occupation or vulnerability," the release stated.

The sheriff's office said responders from local fire agencies and AMR were the first to receive the vaccine and distribution is set to continue through the end of the week.
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