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WCDPHE provides vaccinations to Phase 1 groups, prepares for next steps

Posted on 01/08/2021
Nurse in full PPE administers a COVID-19 vaccine to a patient who is wearing a mask.

Weld County — Continuing its efforts to provide vaccinations to high-risk frontline health care workers and first responders, the Weld County Department of Health and Environment (WCDPHE) has received and administered approximately 400 COVID-19 vaccinations. When paired with vaccines provided to area hospitals and health care facilities, an estimated 6,400 Weld County residents have received at least the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. This number represents about 2% of the population, which is on par with vaccination rates across Colorado.

In December, WCDPHE staff, in coordination with the county’s Office of Emergency Management, prepared and released a survey to the local medical society, dental society, and first responders, such as law, fire, and EMS, through the Health Alert Network and the county’s ReadyOp system. The survey was crucial in coordinating and planning vaccine distribution to the state’s Phase 1A and 1B list locally. To date, 226 Weld County agencies have responded to the survey and coordinated a time and location to receive vaccinations for individuals in their agencies.

As the vaccine continues to roll out nationally, Weld County is receiving limited doses from the state. Because of this, local health partners are working together to make sure individuals who are eligible to receive the vaccine are contacted and scheduled. Regular meetings and updates among WCDPHE, Banner Health, UCHealth, Salud Clinics, Sunrise Health, and Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth (SCL) continue to ensure the most efficient processes are in place for vaccine distribution. These meetings are valuable as the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is direct shipping vaccines to these organizations. The communication and coordination of this group will help reduce duplication of efforts and ensure the most complete coverage possible for efficient movement through the state’s vaccination schedule. WCDPHE is also working to expand the distribution capacity throughout the county by helping other providers get enrolled with the state to be able to receive and distribute the vaccine.

Phase 1 vaccinations will continue to occur over the winter months, and as more vaccines become available, WCDPHE will continue to focus on working with frontline workers and hospitals. Hospitals and health care agencies will work with the 70+ population.

The following groups are currently eligible to register and receive COVID-19 vaccination:

  • Phase 1A: Highest-risk health care workers and individuals. These are people who have direct contact with COVID-19 patients; long-term care facility staff and residents
  • Phase 1B: Moderate-risk individuals and 70+ population. These are COVID-19 response personnel; police and firefighters; correctional facility workers; emergency medical service personnel; funeral services workers; health care workers; long-term care facility staff; long-term care residents