Eligible residents urged to get on list for COVID-19 vaccinations

First-day appointments all were booked nearly two weeks in advance

Tabatha Stewart
Special to Colorado Community Media
Posted 1/22/21

Elbert County residents over the age of 70 and first responders, including fire rescue, law enforcement and emergency medical services, are encouraged to sign up to get on the waiting list for …

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Eligible residents urged to get on list for COVID-19 vaccinations

First-day appointments all were booked nearly two weeks in advance

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Elbert County residents over the age of 70 and first responders, including fire rescue, law enforcement and emergency medical services, are encouraged to sign up to get on the waiting list for COVID-19 vaccinations. The number to call is 303-621-3144, where callers can leave a voicemail with their name and phone number for a call back.

The county originally urged people in those groups to sign up for an initial round of vaccinations to be given on Feb. 2 at the county fairgrounds, but all slots for that date filled up nearly two weeks in advance.

“We encourage anyone in these categories” to get signed up, said Dwayne Smith, director of Elbert County Public Health. “In accordance with Colorado's Vaccine Prioritization Plan, at this time we are only providing vaccines in these populations.”

Elbert County has seen a decline in the number of COVID-19 cases, with a two-week positivity rate of 8.53, as of Jan. 20. The county remains in the level orange / high risk category on the COVID dial metrics.

Smith said the number of vaccines the county will receive is based on a capacity issue, and the vaccine will be administered through Tri-County Health Department.

“We don't have the ability to store the vaccines, and we don't have the people necessary to administer vaccines in large quantities,” said Smith.

Smith also encourages people to check with their primary care physicians to see about getting vaccinated when it is their turn.

“Right now, in Elbert County, we're at about 50/50 when it comes to people wanting to get vaccinated,” said Smith. “In order to achieve herd immunity, we need to have about 80% of our population vaccinated. Please educate yourself about the vaccine, and do your part to help those around you.”

For information on the vaccine, including frequently asked questions and side effect, visit covid19.colorado.gov.

The state is in phase 1B of a three-phase plan, which is projected to cover all Coloradans by the end of summer. After first responders and people over 70, phase two, which is expected to roll out in the spring, will cover people from 60-69 years of age and higher-risk individuals. Phase three, anticipated this summer, will include essential workers and the general public.

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