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Delivery of the COVID-19 vaccine will happen in three phases. The first delivery of the Pfizer vaccine in Colorado, which includes 46,800 doses, will go to health care workers who are treating COVID-19 patients. These workers have been on the front lines since the beginning of the pandemic and are directly exposed to COVID-19 as part of their job. Protecting the people who care for COVID-19 patients will help us save lives until the vaccine becomes widely available. Visit the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s (CDPHE) webpage Vaccine for Coloradans for more information about who is eligible in phase 1A.
Additional shipments of both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccine have been ordered and will begin coming to Colorado in December, and Jefferson County Public Health, along with our healthcare and vaccination partners across the county, will follow the phased model to ensure that everyone is able to get a vaccine as supply allows.
See CDPHE’s outline of the three phases to know who will be able to be vaccinated when.
The vaccine prioritization plan has three phases:
The majority of early Phase 1 recipients will receive the vaccine through their employer, local public health agency or through the federal government’s Pharmacy Partnership for Long-term Care (LTC) Program. Visit CDPHE’s website for the most up-to-date listing of vaccine providers in Colorado and Jeffco.
More information about provider settings and options for phase 2 and phase 3 recipients will be coming soon.
If you are among the people in Phase 1A and are not receiving the vaccine through your employer, contact the vaccine distribution location nearest you for more information. For additional questions about where you can receive vaccine or who to contact in your community call COHELP (1-877-462-2911).
Once a vaccine is available, we expect it will take several months until everyone can access it because of limited availability. To save lives, we need to first prioritize health care providers and Coloradans who are most at risk for getting severely sick or even dying. Because of this and the limited availability of the vaccine, family members of those who are in the earliest tiers of the vaccine prioritization process will not be able to get the vaccine until it is more widely available.
You do not need to be a U.S. citizen, and you will not need to prove lawful presence to get a COVID-19 vaccine in Colorado. Further, public health will never share your information with any immigration or law enforcement agency.
Cost will not be an obstacle to getting the vaccine for Coloradans. Medicare, Medicaid, CHP+ and private insurance are required to cover the cost of the COVID-19 vaccines. In addition, uninsured Coloradans will have access to free vaccines.
Providers will not be allowed to turn away an individual because of their inability to pay or current medical coverage status. Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance are required to cover the cost of the COVID-19 vaccines. If you do not have health insurance, providers may seek reimbursement through the Provider Relief Fund administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).
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 persons 70 years of age and older.
If you are 70 or older and looking for information on how to get the COVID-19 vaccine, visit CDPHE’s website to find the most updated information on providers who are currently offering the vaccine.
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.
If you are a health and medical provider, please complete a survey so we can add you to the network to receive important health alerts.