From September 20-30, 2021, the community COVID-19 vaccination site located at Southwest Plaza Mall (8501 W. Bowles Ave., Littleton, CO 80123 – Dillard’s Parking Lot) will have expanded capacity to provide up to 1,000 doses of vaccine to help ensure anyone who wants a COVID-19 vaccine can conveniently get one.
“This COVID-19 vaccine location is one of four sites being expanded by our state partners to help ensure convenient access to safe, effective and free COVID-19 vaccines, especially with more and more employers encouraging or requiring vaccines among their workforce,” said Dr. Dawn Comstock, Executive Director, Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH). “Additionally, the FDA has already authorized a third dose of mRNA vaccine for immunocompromised individuals, and on September 17 the FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee voted in favor of authorizing a third dose for people 65+ and others at high risk for COVID-19. While we are still waiting for official approval from CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices before we can begin administering a third dose to older adults, we expect to share more information very soon.”
At this point in the ongoing fight against COVID-19, the greatest risk is among unvaccinated people who are much more likely to contract, and therefore transmit, the virus to others. In the past two months in Jeffco, 89.2% of COVID-19 cases and 85.9% of hospitalizations were among unvaccinated or only partially vaccinated individuals. According to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), based on current risk rates people who are vaccinated are 3.5 times less likely to get COVID-19, 4.7 times less likely to be hospitalized due to COVID-19 and 5.8 times less likely to die from COVID-19.
JCPH strongly encourages people who are unvaccinated to get vaccinated as soon as possible and to wear a mask in indoor public spaces until you are fully vaccinated. If you are immunocompromised, it is recommended that you get an additional dose of mRNA COVID-19 vaccine at least four weeks (28 days) after your second dose.
“At this point in the pandemic, we need to band together as a community. We all have a role to play, and even though we’re exhausted, it’s too important to stop now. If we all do what we can — and show compassion for our friends and neighbors — we can get through this. Have the hard conversations. Talk about vaccines. Talk about prevention strategies. Talk about mental health. Talk about resilience. Jeffco is a great community and has achieved great things in the past because we have united — if we can unite again now, there’s no telling how significant our impact will be,” Comstock said. “We have the ability as a community to end this pandemic. We have the tools in front of us — we just have to use them.”
The community vaccination site at Southwest Plaza Mall is a drive-through clinic and will be open seven days a week from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Appointments are not required but are recommended, and you can click here to register.
In addition to the Southwest Plaza location, there are many COVID-19 vaccination sites in Jeffco where residents can go to receive their vaccine. All sites offer COVID-19 vaccines for free and no ID or insurance is required. For a complete list of COVID-19 vaccine locations across the county, visit www.jeffco.us/vaccinesignup.
About Jefferson County Public Health
Public health is what we 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.