DENVER (CBS4) – Colorado makes vaccination easier by removing pre-registration at some of its largest vaccination sites. Inoculation sites at Ball Arena, Larimer County Ranch Complex, and Pueblo Fairgrounds along the Front Range no longer need to be pre-registered.
“There are no more excuses,” said Governor Jared Polis on Tuesday. “Get vaccinated. It’s quick and easy for free in multiple locations across the state.”
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The Ball Arena is open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Ranch Complex in Loveland is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Pueblo County Fairgrounds already allows people to walk or drive. It is open from Friday to Monday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
In some places, some people may appear without an appointment. Including the vaccination center on the Stanley Marketplace, which was founded by the businesswoman Tran Wills, owner of the Base Coat Nail Salon on the Marketplace.
“It is very happy to make sure everyone is looked after,” said Wills. The website offered 500 vaccinations on Tuesday. Many had booked in advance but allowed walk-ins. Wills noted that this attracted more underserved community members.
“Different people. It was such a diverse community today that I’m happy to see it. It wasn’t just a certain crowd, it was everyone today. And we actually have a large part of the Latino community today. So our translators were busy all day. “
Participants include 20-year-old Netaru Davis, who works as a babysitter in a home where the adults in the family are vaccinated.
“I think it definitely makes it a lot easier for people just because it’s less like fighting over reservation and appointment times. And when people don’t know where to go or aren’t sure, it’s easier for people to jump in and get it done. “
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The Ethiopian immigrant Neguse Dsehayu received a text from a friend who informed him about it.
“You have to take the shot.” Chef Gabriel Gonzales was eligible but could not retire from work for a vaccination. “My boss and a couple of my co-workers actually told me about it,” he said. “Since I’m one of the main characters in my restaurant, I just worked non-stop and couldn’t get the time.”
The presence of a local clinic also helped. “We just had to wait and wait and wait and then we came here and I’m glad we got this vaccine,” said Steve Hanley. He and his wife don’t have a car. You work in different shifts and haven’t seen much of each other or any other family during the pandemic.
“Just stay at home. Family can’t see. Just video chats, conversations or text messages, that’s pretty much what we did, ”said Angela Aukema. She works in a fast food restaurant but couldn’t get to a vaccination site without transportation. You were taken away from a volunteer Tuesday.
Wills found many obstacles for many people after deciding to run a website. It took some time for the state to approve it. Its original purpose was to vaccinate people like their workers.
“Most of the people who work in beauty or a restaurant are marginalized communities. They have no health care most of the time. Many of them are self-employed and therefore cannot afford health insurance. But they still have to work. You are like all of us. You still have to make a living right? “
She hopes to go ahead and bring in more people and even change the hours.
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“The next time I do one, I might do eleven to seven. I could probably have evacuated a thousand more people after five o’clock. “