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COVID-19 vaccine eligibility increases with updated distribution phases

Posted on 02/05/2021
Nurse in full PPE administers a COVID-19 vaccine to a patient who is wearing a mask

Weld County — Beginning February 8, the revised State of Colorado Vaccine Distribution Phased Approach will add to the existing vaccination efforts Coloradans ages 65-69, pre-K-12 educators and staff, childcare workers, and essential officials in state government.

“The Weld County Health Department webpage has links to health care providers whom residents may contact to get the COVID vaccine,“ said Shaun May, Public Health Services Division Director at the Weld County Health Department (WCDPHE). “If you qualify for the current phase, contact the appropriate partner from the list on the website.” Educators should work directly with their school districts; and childcare workers should collaborate directly with their human resource staff.

WCDPHE vaccine partners include Banner Health, UCHealth, Salud Clinics, Sunrise Community Health, Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth (SCL), and others. A complete list is published on the Where to Get a COVID-19 Vaccine webpage.

WCDPHE also has reached out to a variety of organizations across Weld County to inform them of the revised vaccine eligibility, including the Immigrant and Refugee Center, United Way, Area Agency on Aging, and Weld Food Bank.

Colorado Vaccine Distribution Phased Approach (Phases 1-3):

Phase 1A (currently ongoing)

  • Health care workers and individuals who have direct contact with COVID-19 patients
  • Congregate living facility workers; and urgent care workers

Phase 1B – Group 1 (currently ongoing)

  • Health care workers with less direct contact with COVID-19 patients (primary care, specialist care such as physical therapists and occupational therapists, surgery centers, dental, mental, and behavioral health, home health, hospice, pharmacy, school health care workers, etc.)
  • First responders (EMS, fire, LEO, SAR)
  • Correctional workers (jails, prisons, work release)
  • Funeral service workers
  • COVID response personnel
  • People age 70 or older

Phase 1B – Group 2 (Starting February 8, 2021)

  •  People age 65- 69
  • Pre-K-12 educators (teacher, student teachers, bus drivers, school food service works, childcare workers in licensed programs, administrative and support staff, safety staff, and other support services staff offered inside school)
  • Essential officials from executive, legislative, and judicial branches of state government

Phase 1B- Group 3 (Tentatively starting in March 2021)

  • People age 16-64 with two or more high-risk conditions
  • Frontline food, agriculture, and grocery (food servers, farmers, ranchers, food processing workers)
  • Frontline manufacturing
  • Frontline mail carrier and shipping services (government and private)
  • Public transit and specialized transportation
  • Faith leaders
  • Public health staff; and frontline essential human service workers
  • Direct care providers for individuals experiencing homelessness
  • Frontline essential journalists

Phase 2 includes remaining higher-risk individuals (vaccine availability in spring 2021); and Phase 3 is for the public and will likely occur in the summer 2021.

Please know this timeline is based on vaccine availability.