Happy New Year!
As many of you are aware, just this week, Governor Polis revised the Colorado three phase plan for distribution of the coronavirus vaccination. Everyone 70 years and older now moves into phase 1b of distribution. Phase 2 will include people ages 60-69 or 16-59 with pre-existing medical conditions and phase 3 will be the rest of the general population.
Phase 1b vaccinations will NOT be distributed through doctors’ offices.
Distribution of vaccination to people 70 years and older (phase 1b) is starting immediately. Vaccinations will take place through county public health organizations according to your county of residence. Residents are defined as those with a permanent mailing or physical address within the county or, those who own property and reside there for longer than 30 days at a time.
If you are over the age of 70, please read the following important details according to the county in which you reside:
Pitkin County will soon release information about when their vaccinations will begin. They have asked that if you are a Pitkin County resident to preregister on their website at www.covid19.pitkincounty.com
Eagle County has announced they will begin distributing the vaccine Friday, January 8 between 1 and 5 PM. If you are an Eagle County resident, you should register online beginning at 8 AM Monday, January 4 at www.eaglecountycovid.org
Garfield County residents aged 70 and older can make appointments at Valley View Hospital to receive their COVID-19 vaccine starting Monday, January 4th at 8 am. An appointment is required to receive the vaccine. To schedule an appointment, call 970.384.7632 Monday thru Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Scheduling is based on the availability of vaccine doses. If Valley View Hospital does not have enough doses, individuals will be placed on a waitlist.
Two doses of the vaccine are required. All those being scheduled will be asked to confirm their ability to receive the second dose to ensure maximum efficacy of the vaccine.
Information will be coming later about phase 2 and phase 3 vaccinations.
David Borchers and Staff