A vaccine for the novel Corona Virus will soon be available to Coloradans. The vaccine will be released in stages to provide initial limited amounts to frontline healthcare workers and other individuals who are most likely to contract the virus in their everyday lives. For commonly asked questions click here.
Colorado’s vaccine prioritization plan has three phases:
- Phase 1A (Winter): Highest-risk health care workers and individuals:
- People who have direct contact with COVID-19 patients for 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period.
- Long-term care facility staff and residents.
- Phase 1B (Winter): Moderate-risk health care workers and responders:
- Health care workers with less direct contact with COVID-19 patients.
- Workers in home health/hospice, and dental settings.
- EMS, firefighters, police, correctional workers, dispatchers, funeral services,COVID-19 response personnel, and other first responders.
- Phase 2 (Spring): Higher-risk individuals and essential workers:
- People age 65 or older.
- People of any age with obesity, diabetes, chronic lung disease, significant heart disease, chronic kidney disease, cancer, or are immunocompromised.
- People who interact directly with the public at work, such as grocery store workers and school staff.
- People who work in high-density settings like farms and meat-packing plants.
- Workers serving people who live in high-density settings.
- Other health care workers not covered in Phase 1.
- Adults who received a placebo during a COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial.
- Phase 3 (Summer): The general public:
- Anyone age 18-64 without high-risk conditions.
The majority of Phase 1 early recipients will receive the vaccine through their employer, local public health agency, or through the federal Pharmacy Partnership for Long-term Care (LTC) Program if they are residents of a long-term care center. More information about provider settings and options for Phase 2 and Phase 3 recipients will be coming soon. However, until a vaccine is widely available, Coloradans should continue to avoid in-person interactions, physical distance, and wear a mask.
To read more about Colorado's vaccination plan click here.