Colorado close to hitting goal of vaccinating 70% of people 70 and older

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Colorado health leaders and members of the vaccine task force provided an update on COVID-19 Thursday.

Kate McIntire, deputy director of the State Vaccine Task Force said more than 130,000 doses were delayed coming to Colorado this week due to the deep, far-reaching cold snap that hit parts of the U.S.

McIntire said the storm affected dry ice production in Kentucky and transportation from Tennessee, and delayed employees from going to work in Michigan, where the vaccine is being made.

Brigadier General Scott Sherman said the delayed doses were expected to arrive to the state by Saturday.

The state is close to achieving its goal of vaccinating 70% of people 70 and older in Colorado, McIntire said. As of Feb.18, 337,124 people over the age of 70 had received at least their first dose, and there are more than 550,000 people over the age of 70 in Colorado.

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