Jefferson County, Colo. — Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) is excited to announce a new, large-scale vaccination site opening in south Jeffco. The Jefferson Marketplace vaccine site is located at 8194 S. Kipling Parkway in Littleton and will be opening for its first full day of operation on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021 from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Regular opening hours for this site will be Tuesday through Sunday from 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
At the Jefferson Marketplace, all approved COVID-19 vaccines will be available, including Pfizer for ages 12 and older, pediatric doses of Pfizer for ages 5 to 11 years old, Moderna (18+) and Johnson & Johnson (18+). Up to 250 people can be vaccinated each day at this site, by appointment only. Sign up for an appointment today at www.jeffco.us/vaccinesignup.
“With all Jeffco residents ages 5 and older eligible for vaccination, and all Coloradans ages 18 and older eligible to get a booster, we know how important it is for vaccines to be easily accessible and widely available in our community,” said Kelly Conroy, Associate Director of Clinical Services at JCPH. “The Jefferson Marketplace vaccine site will help more people in the Denver Metro area get vaccinated and help us get closer to the other side of this pandemic.”
While Jefferson County residents have stepped up to the plate and achieved high vaccination rates (78.1 percent of all residents age 5 and older have received at least one dose), Jefferson County is experiencing a sustained high level of COVID-19 transmission, much like the rest of the state. From Nov. 24-30, Jeffco saw 1,424 new cases of COVID-19, which is an incidence rate of 242.8 cases per 100,000 people. Since the beginning of the pandemic, there have been more than 73,276 cases of COVID-19 in the county, as well as 4,005 hospitalizations and, devastatingly, 1,065 deaths.
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. Widespread transmission among the unvaccinated has also caused an increased spread throughout the community as a whole, leading to higher levels of breakthrough cases among those who are vaccinated.
According to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), as of the week of Nov. 14, the incidence rate of COVID-19 cases among Coloradans who remain unvaccinated was 3.6 times higher than those who are vaccinated (703.6 cases per 100,000 residents versus 195.3 cases per 100,000 residents). Further, the rate of hospitalizations for the week of Nov. 7 among Coloradans who are unvaccinated (53.2 hospitalizations per 100,000 residents) was more than 10 times higher than the rate of those who are vaccinated (5.1 hospitalizations per 100,000 residents). In Jefferson County, more than two-thirds of all cases, hospitalizations and deaths are among those who are unvaccinated or only partially vaccinated.
The good news is that rates of COVID-19 are very low among those who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and have received a booster shot. In Jeffco, only .2 percent of cases, .9 percent of hospitalizations and 1 percent of deaths have been among those who have received their booster dose.
“If you have not yet received a COVID-19 vaccine, we urge you to do so as soon as possible. In addition, if you haven’t received your second dose of a vaccine with a two-dose series (Moderna or Pfizer), please do so as soon as you’re eligible. And, for all who are fully vaccinated, we encourage you to get a booster dose as soon as you are eligible,” Conroy said. “Vaccination is a safe, effective and proven strategy to slowing the spread of COVID-19. The more residents we can get vaccinated, the safer we will all be — and as we gather with loved ones this holiday season, that’s something we can all celebrate.”
In addition to the Jefferson Marketplace 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.