There are a number of providers in Larimer County and Colorado offering COVID-19 vaccines as they receive doses from the state’s weekly allocation.
The best way for those eligible to receive their first shot as quickly as possible is to register for vaccination through as many providers as possible, and then act quickly to schedule an appointment as soon as that provider offers one. Only Colorado residents ages 70 and older or health care workers and first-responders are eligible right now, but those ages 65-69, preschool and K-12 educators and support staff and licensed child care providers will be eligible beginning Feb. 8, while other frontline essential workers and those ages 16-64 with two or more specific underlying health conditions will be eligible beginning March 5, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis said Friday.
Online registration is the easiest and most efficient way to get on the lists, but most providers said they have added phone lines and staff to answer calls of those who want to get on a waiting list and don’t have the ability to sign up online.
Providers are quick to point out that registering for a COVID-19 vaccine is different from scheduling an appointment to receive one. Due to the limited supply available and requirements that vaccines be administered as equitably as possible, they are all using processes to randomly select people from those eligible on their lists. Once selected, those people can then contact the provider again to schedule an appointment to receive their first dose. Appointments to receive second doses — three weeks after the first for the Pfizer vaccine and four weeks after the first for the Moderna vaccine — are commonly scheduled when the first dose is administered.
Many Coloradans who have received the vaccine are doing so through health care providers outside of their usual network. Also, make sure your regular health care provider, if you have one, has your current age, street address, email address and phone numbers to contact you.
There is no cost to receive the vaccine, although an administrative fee of approximately $23 can be charged to a recipient’s health insurance provider, according to the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment.
Here’s a list of providers offering vaccines and how to register for spots on their waiting lists:
- Larimer County Department of Health and Environment – Larimer County residents can register through an online portal at larimer.org/health or call 970-498-5500 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays to get on a list that all providers in the county will pull names from as part of their random selection processes.
- Banner Health – Visit BannerHealth.com and log into your MyBanner Patient account or fill out a survey available to Larimer County residents eligible to receive the vaccine. Those verified as eligible will be able to schedule appointments through that portal as they become available. Those without internet access can complete that process over the phone by calling 844-549-1856.
- Centura Health – Visit Centura.org and log into your MyCenturaHealth account or click on the Colorado distribution tab to register for the waiting list. Centura will contact those who are selected to receive vaccines to schedule appointments as they become available. Those without internet access can also get on the waiting list by calling 866-414-1562.
- Kaiser Permanente – Kaiser Permanente members and non-members can register online through different portals at health.kaiserpermanente.org. Once registered, Kaiser Permanente will assign a medical record number that can be used after 48 hours to call 844-951-1932 to hear your position in the virtual line.
- King Soopers – Those eligible can register online to receive a vaccination as they become available through a portal at Kroger.com/i/coronavirus-update/vaccine. Only those eligible can sign up, and only a limited number of locations have vaccine doses available.
- Safeway – Those eligible can register online to receive a vaccination as they become available through mhealthappointments.com/covidappt. Only those eligible can sign up, and only a limited number of locations have vaccine doses available.
- Salud Family Health – Those eligible to receive a vaccine can register online at saludclinic.org/covid-vaccine to get on the waiting list. Salud will contact those eligible to sign up for an appointment as they become available.
- UCHealth – Visit UCHealth.org and log into your My Health Connection account if you have one or create one if you do not. UCHealth patients without a My Health Connection account are already on the list, too, and will receive a phone call when they can schedule an appointment to receive their vaccine. Those without online access can also get on the list by calling 720-462-2255 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
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