Jefferson County, Colo. – Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) announced today that the county has reached its goal of vaccinating at least 70% of residents age 70 and over by the end of February. This monumental effort, achieved in partnership with the entire local public health system, is a major accomplishment in the county’s pandemic recovery effort and another step forward to slowing the spread of COVID-19 in our community and getting back to the Jeffco way of life.
As of today, 70.0% (44,843 individuals) of Jefferson County residents ages 70 and older have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and 34.8% (22,275 individuals) have received both doses. Jefferson County has the largest older adult population in the state, with about 64,000 adults over the age of 70. Since the start of the pandemic, this population has had the highest rate of hospitalizations and mortality due to COVID-19, accounting for approximately 80% of deaths in Jefferson County.
“It’s important that we celebrate this major milestone in the COVID-19 vaccination effort here in Jeffco, because what it really means is more lives saved,” said Dr. Dawn Comstock, Executive Director at JCPH. “The older adult population in Jeffco has been severely affected by this virus and we are so grateful that the vaccine is now available to provide much needed protection. However, we can’t stop here — we are going to stay focused on getting the rest of the 70+ population vaccinated as well as push forward to vaccinating other high-risk groups as quickly as possible.”
As next steps in the county’s COVID-19 vaccination strategy, local public health system partners will focus on reaching the remainder of Jeffco’s 70+ population to ensure they have access to a vaccine. Based on vaccination efforts to date, we know that priority populations are less likely to have access to the vaccine, and we are implementing strategies to ensure equitable distribution across eligible groups. Additionally, providers will continue to make progress with vaccinating populations that recently became eligible to get the vaccine, including people age 65-69, Pre-K through 12th grade school staff and educators as well as licensed child care providers. Jefferson County will continue to work hard, across the system, to quickly administer every single dose of the COVID-19 vaccines allocated to us by the state.
“Accomplishing this major milestone took the entire Jefferson County community coming together — from health care providers and pharmacies who helped get this safe and effective vaccine into arms, to city and county leaders who advocated to get more vaccine allocated to Jefferson County, to community organizations and neighbors who helped older adults register or get to a vaccine appointment,” Comstock said. “On behalf of JCPH, we thank you and we celebrate alongside you.”
For any older adults in Colorado and Jeffco who have still not been able to sign up for or receive a COVID-19 vaccine, we encourage you to make an appointment now. Here are some helpful tips for signing up:
For more information, visit www.jeffco.us/covid-vaccine or view JCPH’s vaccine fact sheet for older adults. You can also call JCPH’s Vaccine Call Center at 303-239-7000 and press option 1 for vaccine information. For additional help or other questions, please call 1-877-CO VAX CO (1-877-268-2926). Operators are answering calls 24/7 and in multiple languages.
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.