DENVER — The latest update to the state’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan came on Friday with an announcement from Gov. Jared Polis’ that he had learned no stockpile reserve of vaccine existed.
The Health and Human Services secretary promised states earlier this week a stockpile would soon be released, and Polis announced Tuesday the extra doses would help expand vaccinations and more rapidly inoculate those 70 and older.
Polis said the new information would slow down the state’s timeline for some of its vaccinations.
“It’s just disappointing,” said Anne, a 79-year-old who contacted Denver7 to find out how she could get the vaccine.
“I am alone. I don’t have visitors. All my communication is by phone. All my food is ordered in. I don’t go out because I’m at high risk,” Anne said.
Anne asked Denver7 not to share details of her identity, but the Colorado woman also suffers from diabetes and leukemia. She hoped her pre-existing conditions would give her a priority vaccination over others in her age category without health problems.
“Some of my friends, who are not in my situation, they’re in much better health, are already scheduled with other providers to get their COVID-19 shot in January. I have not heard a word,” Anne said.
Colorado has an estimated 530,000 Coloradans who are 70 and older. On Friday, Polis said he hopes to have 70% of the age group vaccinated by late February.
Vaccinations to those in that age group are administered on a first-come, first-served basis, regardless of pre-existing conditions.
Anne said the weekly updates to the state’s vaccine distribution plans have left her and many seniors confused.
Denver7 was able to contact Anne’s healthcare provider who said they will reach out to get Anne vaccinated as soon as possible.