DENVER (CBS4) – On a weekly COVID-19 update, Governor Jared Polis urged eligible Coloradans to put themselves on a waiting list to be vaccinated even though they had fewer doses than expected.
“There will be a lot of frustrated Coloradans who are not among the lucky or lucky 80,000 whose name is called after an appointment,” said the governor.
Visit the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment website for a list of vaccine providers. CDPHE also sent a letter to the more than 600 of them asking them to provide both online registration and a phone number where people can log in and register.
These should be ready for use by January 22nd.
Some providers already meet this requirement. Jennifer Morris of Salud Family Health Centers set both up, but asks that online enrollment be the first option for Coloradans.
“Anyone can come to our website. You can register there. As soon as we know how much vaccine is going to come in, we’ll call you to make an appointment, ”said Morris.
The real problem is how long the wait can be.
Polis said they only know a few days in advance how many vaccines they will receive as a state. The more cans, the more likely names are removed from these lists.
“Once you’re on the list, it can be a week, it can be three weeks, but you should act quickly to make that appointment,” he said.
The uncertainty about how many doses to expect is just as daunting for vendors looking to make sure the community is protected.
“It’s really disappointing because we know so many people want the vaccine now,” said Morris.
As part of the CDPHE requirements, each provider should have a link on their COVID-19 website that is easy to navigate and the phone line should be properly staffed to “serve eligible Coloradoans efficiently without long waiting times”.
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