January 14, 2021
JCPH Provides Update on Vaccination Prioritization and Timeline
Jefferson County, Colo. – As of January 11, 2021, 18,734 Jefferson County residents have received at least their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Of these, 3,799 have received both doses of the vaccine and are on their way to being more protected from COVID-19.
In Jefferson County, there are an estimated 15,000 healthcare workers in Phase 1A, as well as an additional 13,000 healthcare workers and 4,000 first responders classified under Phase 1B. That means that since our county has been focusing primarily on distributing the vaccine to these populations within Phase 1A and 1B, we are about halfway done with this first push of vaccination and well on our way to a safer, better-protected frontline against the pandemic.
The vaccination process will continue to require all parts of our health and medical system system – public health, hospitals, primary care providers and more – to work together with the resources we have to ensure that those who most need it receive the vaccine in as timely a manner as possible. That said, the resources currently available in Jefferson County, including the quantity of vaccine, are extremely limited. Vaccination efforts will not be uniform from county to county or system to system due to these challenges, and we know that demand for the COVID-19 vaccine is outpacing supply at this time.
“We are excited about the progress we have made as a county toward vaccinating more of our population, but recognize there is a long way to go, and that for those in our community who are anxiously waiting for their turn to get vaccinated, these efforts aren’t moving as quickly as desired,” said Dr. Margaret Huffman, Director of Community Health Services at JCPH. “The COVID-19 vaccine rollout has brought hope and shown us all a light at the end of the pandemic’s tunnel. However, as we try to deal with extremely limited quantities, we all must realize that it will take time to finish getting through the tunnel together.”
At JCPH, we are not currently offering the COVID-19 vaccine for the general public or individuals over 70 years old, as our department and all the local public health departments across the state have been asked to focus our efforts on the highest risk healthcare workers in 1A, as well as the moderate risk healthcare workers and first responders in 1B. All other providers, such as hospitals, health systems, pharmacies and safety net clinics, will be focusing on vaccinating the more than 60,000 persons 70 years of age and older in Jefferson County.
To get more information about the vaccine:
- If you are 70 or older and looking for information on how to get the COVID-19 vaccine, visit CDPHE’s websiteto find the most updated information on providers who are currently offering the vaccine.
- Select Safeway and King Soopers pharmacies will begin to vaccinate Jefferson County residents who are 70 years of age and older next week. Due to limited COVID vaccine availability, there may be a 2-6 week wait to get an appointment. Registration links by site are in development, please continue to check www.jeffco.us/covid-vaccine for these as they become available. Please do not call individual Safeway or King Soopers stores.
- If you are a member of the general public looking for important public health emergency information, including updates about the COVID-19 vaccine, please sign up for “Jeffco COVID-19 Alerts” at https://www.jeffco.us/list.aspx.
“Public Health has decades of work in developing relationships with our community partners through our routine public health work. We’ve already learned so many lessons over the last year, and if we implement our years of planning and the on-the-ground work we’ve experienced since the start of the pandemic, and we will get through it by working as a united health and medical system serving our county in tandem,” Huffman said.
In the meantime, during this period of both hope and ambiguity, we encourage everyone to continue to take important steps to prevent the spread of disease. Please continue to wear masks, wash your hands frequently, keep at least 6 feet away from others and avoid gathering with those outside your household. COVID-19 testing is widely available, and we encourage everyone to get tested after any exposure they may have, as well as to stay home if they are or believe they could be sick.
About Jefferson County Public Health
Public health is what we as a society do collectively to prevent illness and premature death and promote health in our neighborhoods and communities. Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) is a nationally accredited health department committed to promoting and protecting health across the lifespan for all people through prevention, education and partnerships. To learn more about JCPH visit https://www.jeffco.us/public-health. You can also follow JCPH on Twitter @JeffcoPH, Instagram @JeffcoPH and Facebook @jeffcopublichealth.