Colorado pushes to vaccinate those 70 and older before next phase begins

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DENVER — As the month of February comes to an end, some health care systems are pushing to vaccinate as many Coloradans 70 years old and older as possible.

National Jewish Health held a vaccination clinic geared toward this group on Saturday.

Dr. Jay Finigan, a physician with National Jewish Health, was among the many helping administer vaccines to those who signed up.

“The governor and the state reached out to us about trying to complete the population of people who are over 70 and we were completely on board with that,” said Dr. Finigan.

The state’s goal is to vaccinate 70% of those 70 years old and older by the end of February. It’s a goal at least 21 counties in Colorado have already met.

Margaret Lienemann was one of the roughly 2,200 Coloradans who were given an appointment at the National Jewish Health vaccine clinic.

For weeks, she’s tried securing an appointment with no luck, until this past week.

“I have COPD and Asthma and things like that so I was very happy to get the shot and stayed healthy until I got it,” she said.

Her daughter, Michelle Like, told Denver7 upon hearing a new group of Coloradans would become eligible to receive the vaccine on March 5, concern and frustration set in.

“The leading up process has been frustrating. We’ve had her on three or four different waiting list waiting for her to get a shot,” said Like.

Both were glad to have finally secured an appointment and get Lienemann the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine.

“You never know what’s coming, so you better get vaccinated,” she said.