COVID-19 vaccine to be administered to first Colorado health care workers Monday

Colorado will receive its initial shipment of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine Monday morning and the first doses to be administered in the state will go to frontline health care workers later in the day, Gov. Jared Polis’ office said Sunday night.

Polis and other state officials are scheduled to accept delivery of the first vaccine shipment Monday morning at a location that has not been publicly identified. The first people to be vaccinated in Colorado will be frontline health care workers during an event in Fort Collins with Polis on Monday afternoon, according to the governor’s office.

Following federal regulatory approval Friday night, Colorado is due to receive 46,800 doses of the Pfizer vaccine in the first shipment. Next week, state health officials expect to receive 95,600 doses of Moderna’s vaccine, provided it, too, receives emergency use authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

State officials last week released a list of 156 hospitals, medical sites and county health departments across Colorado that will receive portions of the initial Pfizer and Moderna shipments.

Colorado expects to spend the winter on Phase 1 of the state’s vaccine distribution plan, inoculating health care workers who are in contact with COVID-19 patients, staff and residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities, and first responders such as police, firefighters, EMS workers and correctional staff.

Phase 2 of the vaccine destruction, in the spring, will cover people 65 and older, those with underlying health conditions that put them at greater risk from the virus, essential workers and more. Phase 3 is scheduled follow in the summer and include Coloradans aged 18 to 64 without high-risk conditions.

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