DENVER – As Colorado moves into its next phase of vaccine distribution, Gov. Jared Polis explained the state’s plans for vaccinating adults 70 and older.
The goal is to have 70% of Colorado residents ages 70 and older vaccinated by the end of February, Polis said Friday.
Across the state, local health officials are feeling frustrated about the lack of clear guidance in the phased distribution and vaccine disparities. They’re also fielding complaints and worries from older Colorado residents who are confused and unaware of how to actually get an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine, The Colorado Sun reported.
Hospitals are contacting all patients in the 70-year-plus age group who are in their systems in order to schedule COVID-19 vaccine appointments, Polis said.
Those in the correct age group who are interested in getting the vaccine but have not heard from a local hospital, can set up an account online. For those who don’t have access to a hospital, there will be community centers and health clinics distributing vaccines for interested seniors, Polis said.
“For those seniors that aren’t or can’t get on portals or have their kids or grandkids help them get on portals and sign up – we really want to be in the community in a way that reaches out and makes sure that they have access from the very get-go to the life-saving vaccine,” Polis said.
Polis also said Colorado is developing weekly partnerships with mobile health clinics to bring vaccines to underserved areas.
“In reaching everybody, it’s important that we go beyond just our regular hospital system in making sure that people 70 and up can be protected,” Polis said.
Colorado is seeing early signs of an increase after the holidays, said state epidemiologist Rachel Herlihy. It’s too soon to know the virus impacts from New Year’s Eve, she said.