DENVER (CBS4) Days after the governor announced that adults aged 70 and over would be enrolled in Phase 1B of the COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan in Colorado, health departments and pharmacies cannot provide clear guidance on how someone in that age group can get their first dose this week . Local agency and company employees hope to learn more over the next two to three weeks and have a better response by the end of the month.
The Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment says the distribution plan is based on the federal supply chain and weekly deliveries will allow more groups in current and future stages to receive the vaccine. The Denver Department of Public Health & Environment told CBS4 Monday that it is collecting data on people vaccinated in phases 1A and 1B based on where the person lives rather than where they work or received the first dose. They are currently being distributed to both groups at the same time, and their data shows that around 70 years of age and older have already received the vaccine.
Boulder County Public Health said in a press release Monday that it has been informed to prioritize some in Phase 1B, including those over 70. Others, including teachers and other frontline staff in some sectors, will have to wait for the first group in 1B to complete. Although more people are now entitled to the vaccine, the offer has not changed according to the information from the health department. Residents can sign up for notifications when their group is asked to take the next step in the process.
The Tri-County Health Department is out of vaccine and is hoping to receive more doses in two to three weeks. Many inquiries have been received regarding people aged 70 and over who have received the vaccine. Staff told CBS4 on Monday that residents need to contact their local health care provider.
Safeway said it will provide the vaccine to those in phase 1A and 1B, including health workers and first responders who work with health departments in Colorado. In an email to CBS4 on Monday, the age group over 70 will be distributed next. When the doses are ready for this population, a website with dates will become available. Customers can now go online to request more information as it becomes available.
CVS Health said in an email that it is working with state health departments across the country to discuss how to communicate details about vaccinating certain age groups, including those over 70, when that information becomes available.
UCHealth confirmed Monday that it has started offering vaccinations to first responders and patients 70 and older. However, since the supply is limited, they hand out the cans as fairly as possible. They send out invitations to make appointments, if their vaccine inventory allows.
CDPHE has set up a hotline for more information on the sales process. COHELP can be reached Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. and on Saturdays or Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. under the number 303.389.1687 or 877.462.2911
Denver vaccine dates: https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/50dbb5e7dfb6495292b71b7d8df56d0a
Boulder County Health Department: https://www.bouldercounty.org/families/disease/covid-19/vaccines/
Safeway vaccine information: https://www.safeway.com/pharmacy/covid-19.html
UCHealth My Health Connection: https://www.uchealth.org/access-my-health-connection/
CDPHE vaccine update: https://covid19.colorado.gov/vaccine