All Coloradans will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccines starting Friday

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All Coloradans will become eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine starting Friday, weeks earlier than previously announced.

About half of Coloradans are estimated to be currently eligible through Phase 1B.4, Gov. Jared Polis previously said. The state planned to open vaccine eligibility to the general public starting mid-April. 

Starting Friday, Colorado will expand vaccine eligibility to anyone who wants one, Polis said during a press conference Monday.

To find a vaccine appointment in Larimer County, visit www.larimer.org/health/communicable-disease/coronavirus-covid-19/covid-19-vaccine.

About 1.5 million Coloradans have received one dose of a vaccine and about 1 million Coloradans are fully vaccinated, Polis said.

While eligibility will open to all Friday, it will still take several weeks to vaccinate everyone who wants one, Polis said. Some in the general public may find an appointment next week while others may have to wait six or eight weeks for their turn. 

“Patience is key,” Polis said.

Those 16 and up can get the Pfizer vaccine, Polis said. Moderna and Johnson and Johnson vaccines are only approved for those age 18 and up.

The state anticipated receiving 400,000 to 500,000 vaccine doses every week. Polis said they expect every Coloradan will be able to receive their first vaccine by mid- to late-May. 

This story will be updated.

Sady Swanson covers public safety, criminal justice, Larimer County government and more throughout Northern Colorado. You can send your story ideas to her at sswanson@coloradoan.com or on Twitter at @sadyswan. Support her work and that of other Coloradoan journalists by purchasing a digital subscription today.