Colorado’s first long-term COVID-19 mass vaccination sites will open Wednesday morning in Colorado Springs and Grand Junction — and four more are slated to be up and running in Denver, Commerce City, Loveland and Pueblo by early April.
The Colorado Springs location, which the state is launching in partnership with Centura Health at Broadmoor World Arena, will only be open one day this week, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday.
Starting Monday, appointments for the World Arena site will be available four days a week, for up to 2,000 people per day. To schedule an appointment, visit centura.org or call 720-263-5737.
The Western Slope location, at the Grand Junction Convention Center, will be open Wednesday through Friday this week, but will later offer shots five days a week. To schedule an appointment, visit the Mesa County Public Health website.
Future mass vaccination sites include:
- The Ranch events complex in Loveland, scheduled to start Monday. Appointment information isn’t available yet.
- Colorado State Fairgrounds in Pueblo, starting Monday. Schedule appointments through Centura Health.
- Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, starting Monday. Schedule appointments through Centura Health.
- Ball Arena in Denver, starting April 1. Appointment information isn’t available yet.
Beginning Friday, anyone in Colorado who is 50 or older can get the COVID-19 vaccine, as can frontline workers in higher education, food service, manufacturing, public transit, public health, human services, faith communities, media, some state and local government divisions, or services to homeless populations.
Colorado also will expand who qualifies as eligible due to high-risk medical conditions starting Friday. People who have one condition considered high-risk can get the shot, as can people with the following conditions:
- Moderate or severe asthma
- Cerebrovascular disease (conditions that affect the brain’s blood supply)
- Cystic fibrosis
- High blood pressure
- Weakened immune system due to a bone marrow transplant, immune-suppressing medications, or other causes
- Neurologic conditions, including dementia
- Liver disease
- Pulmonary fibrosis (damaged or scarred lungs)
- Thalassemia (genetic disorder with abnormal red blood cells, which carry oxygen)
To be eligible on medical grounds currently, a person must have two of the following conditions (but only one starting Friday):
- Cancer that required treatment in the last month
- Chronic kidney disease
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
- Diabetes (other than gestational diabetes)
- Down syndrome
- Heart failure, cardiomyopathies, coronary heart disease, or severe heart defects since birth
- Sickle cell disease
- An organ transplant
- Disabilities that require home care
- Disabilities that prevent mask-wearing
Vaccines also are currently available to people who are at least 60, or who work in health care, education, child care, grocery stores or agriculture.
The state also has partnered with 17 organizations serving people with disabilities, immigrants, low-income families and others to host pop-up locations for their target communities, from Friday last week to Thursday. They are not walk-up locations and all require appointments through the providers.
Those still scheduled for this week include:
- Support INC, which works with people with developmental disabilities
- Summit County Public Health, in partnership with the Family & Intercultural Resource Center
- Aurora Mental Health Center
- Town of Bennett
- St. Francis Center, a Denver homeless shelter
- Ventanilla de Salud, a health program through the Mexican consulate in Denver
- A Brighter Community, which works with people with developmental disabilities
- Aurora Economic Opportunity Coalition
- Mi Casa Resource Center, which offers education and job training in Denver
- Weekly Focus, a Korean-language newspaper
The shots are free, and providers can’t require identification.
Gov. Jared Polis said at a news conference Tuesday that the state will get about 3,000 more doses than expected next week. By the end of April, the state should receive about 400,000 doses per week, which would be enough to meet anticipated demand, he said.
Once supply is greater than demand, the focus will shift to convincing reluctant people to get the shot.
“The sooner the better. We’re ready,” he said.
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