The Garfield County Public Health Department plans to establish additional COVID-19 vaccination clinics in the coming weeks as the vaccine becomes available to more people.
The state of Colorado anticipates the opening of the next phase of vaccine distribution, known as 1B.3, in mid-March.
That phase will include frontline workers in the food and grocery services, public transportation, agriculture, direct care providers, human services and other occupations deemed “essential.”
It also makes the vaccine available to anyone aged 16 to 64 with a qualifying high-risk chronic condition.
That will greatly increase the number of people within the general population who are eligible to receive the vaccine.
To prepare, Garfield County Public Health plans to have more COVID-19 vaccine clinics starting at the same time, said Public Health Specialist Carrie Godes.
Currently, vaccines in Garfield County are only administered at Valley View and Grand River Hospitals, Mountain Family Health Center Clinics in Glenwood Springs and Rifle, and, on a very limited basis, at pre-arranged site and hospital visits. home made by Public Health.
Off-site clinic locations have already been secured in both Glenwood Springs and Rifle, Godes said. Depending on the weather and other factors, additional outdoor clinic locations may also be established.
“The location of the clinic will be determined by the number of vaccines received,” he said.
“Weekly assignments of 400 doses or less will be distributed at Glenwood and Rifle Public Health offices,” he explained. “Larger vaccine assignments would require off-site locations that could accommodate more people.”
Once the state moves to phase 1B.3, individuals age 16 and older with two or more of the chronic conditions listed on the state distribution chart You will be able to work through your primary care provider or one of the public health clinics to get your vaccine.
“For those who fall into the next category of essential front-line workers, Public Health is working on a plan to reach out to employers to ensure that workers in the categories listed can access the vaccine,” Godes said.
There will be more information and details as Public Health anticipates more guidance from the state, he said.
Some private pharmacies are also scheduling vaccinations for people 65 and older, including City Market stores in Glenwood Springs, Carbondale and New Castle, Garfield County Public Health Director Yvonne Long said last week.
For now, the county’s vaccine distributions continue to focus on those in Phase 1A (ages 70 and older and healthcare and long-term care workers) and 1B.1 and 2 (ages 65-69 and preschool educators). K-12).
Last week, more than 1,500 second-dose vaccine appointments in Garfield County had to be postponed due to weather-related delays in shipments. Those appointments were to be rescheduled for Wednesday and Thursday of this week.
As of Tuesday, 14,730 vaccines had been administered in Garfield County, including:
• 10,101 first doses
• 4,629 second doses
• 6,803 Phase 1A and 1B.1
• 3,815 to people aged 70 and over (approximately 84%)
• 1,159 for people from 65 to 69 years old