Colorado COVID-19 vaccine to be available to all adults by mid-April

Gov. Jared Polis on Friday promised that every adult in Colorado will become eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine by mid-April as the state prepares to enter the next phase of its vaccination campaign next week.

Notably, the governor said he anticipates every Coloradan 16 and older who wants a COVID-19 shot will receive at least their first dose by the end of May.

“We are in for a more or less normal summer,” Polis said during a news briefing. “It will be a lot more normal than last summer. Folks will be confident in their protection.”

The governor’s announcement comes a day after President Joe Biden directed states to make all adults eligible for the shots by May 1.

Colorado will make COVID-19 vaccines available to an additional 2.5 million people late next week when the state moves to Phase 1B.4 of its vaccination rollout, Colorado National Guard Brigadier Gen. Scott Sherman said.

The next phase — which starts March 19 — includes people ages 50 to 59 and various types of essential workers, including restaurant employees, postal workers, manufacturing employees and frontline journalists.

It also includes people with at least one chronic health condition that puts them at high risk for severe COVID-19. Under the current vaccination level, Phase 1B.3, people with two chronic conditions are eligible.

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