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Vaccination event shows high demand for doses

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Posted at 7:22 AM, Feb 06, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-06 11:15:17-05

COLORADO SPRINGS — Peak Vista Community Health Centers joined forces with Matthews-Vu Medical group to provide vaccinations to those 70 years and older at Peak Vista's Health Center at Jet Wing Drive.

This is the first vaccination event between that's a collaboration between Peak Vista and Matthews-Vu, and Sunday's event was all booked up due to high demand.

To give you an idea of what the demand looks like, as of February 1, El Paso County Public Health Department says 50,701 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in El Paso County.
12,500 immunization series have been completed.

Sunday's event at Peak Vista Health Center was specifically for those 70 years old or older eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

"We are looking to vaccinate approximately 700 of 70 plus and it's a huge impact because we are vaccinating as quickly as we're getting the vaccines. It makes it a lot easier with community partnerships because we're able to reach more people today,"said Dr. Joel Tanaka, Senior Vice President of Medical Services at Peak Vista Community Health Centers.

In El Paso County, nearly 18,000 people 70 and older have received their first dose, while 2,431 have completed the vaccination series.

If you fall within that 70 and older age group and you would like to sign up for a vaccine, you can call Peak Vista Community Health centers at 719-344-6500 and they’ll put you on a wait list so you can be connected to a vaccine available near you. You can also fill out a form online here: https://www.peakvista.org/resources/covid-19-patient-resourceshttps://www.peakvista.org/resources/covid-19-patient-resources

El Paso County Public Health Department also noted that some King Soopers pharmacies are now providing vaccines for those 70 and older. You can call your nearest location for more information on that.