Colorado will be getting thousands more doses of COVID-19 vaccines each week over the next three weeks, Gov. Jared Polis announced during a news conference Tuesday.
Polis said he was told earlier in the day on a call with the White House that Colorado would receive 27,000 additional doses over the next three weeks, or approximately 9,000 per week. He also announced a new federal program in which community health clinics can receive doses directly from the federal government.
Polis noted this wasn’t much of a change for Colorado as community health clinics, like Salud, have been distributing the vaccine in the state for some time. He said the facilities will continue to be held accountable similarly to others distributing the vaccine receiving doses from the federal government.
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The governor also took time to urge Coloradans, especially older residents, to sign up for the COVID-19 vaccine.
“It is so easy and painless,” said Polis, adding he was speaking from his own experience of being vaccinated. “If you’re over 70, please get it.”
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Polis said nearly three-quarters of people 70 and older in Colorado have been vaccinated as of Tuesday.
While the state is still moving toward its goal of vaccinating those 70 and older, Monday was the first day people 65-69 and educators were eligible to receive the vaccine. Polis said he was confident all teachers who want one would receive their fist dose within three weeks but vaccinating people 65-69 will likely continue into March.
Polis said the state reported 934 new cases on Tuesday, with fewer than 500 people currently hospitalized with COVID-19 — the lowest number since early October, he said.
“We know the end is in sight,” Polis said. “Let’s avoid a third wave in Colorado and let’s put this pandemic in the rearview mirror as soon as possible.”
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