COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) – December 14 marks one year since the fPfizer’s first COVID-19 vaccine deliveries arrived in Colorado.
“A year ago, we had access to a doctor-approved, safe and effective vaccine that is helping to fight the pandemic. Our administration and public health agencies have administered over 9 million vaccines across our state, providing much-needed protection and relief to Coloradans and hard-to-reach communities. Colorado’s mission to bring the vaccine to our communities has kept our businesses and schools open and our economy on the road to recovery while other states have fallen behind, ”Governor Polis said. “The virus and the deadly Delta variant continue to infect the unvaccinated, but we have the tool to protect ourselves in the lifesaving vaccine and now the booster. The vaccine is the wonder of science we can all use to get back to the Colorado we love and deserve. The science on the vaccine is settled and it’s saving lives, and I encourage everyone to be responsible and get theirs so we can get back to normal. “
“Vaccines are a scientific miracle and have changed the pandemic,” said Scott Bookman, COVID-19 incident commander, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). “The vaccine has saved countless lives, especially those most at risk, and allowed us to return to a more normal lifestyle. Students learn in person, businesses are open, and our economy is rebounding. We still have work to do, and thanks to Colorado healthcare providers, support staff and first responders, the state has taken real milestones. It’s amazing that in just 365 days we were able to vaccinate over four million Coloradans. “
Governor Jared Polis continues to urge Coloradians to get vaccinated against COVID-19. During the last 12 months:
- 76.2% of Coloradans aged 5 years and over have been vaccinated with a dose of COVID-19 vaccine (4,142,280 people).
- 68.8% of Coloradans aged 5 and over are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (3,739,632 people).
- 25.9% of children aged 5 to 11 in Colorado have been vaccinated with a dose of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine (119,738 people).
- 64% of children ages 12 to 17 in Colorado have been vaccinated with a dose of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine (284,659 people).
- 1.2 million eligible Coloradans received a booster dose (43.5% of those fully vaccinated).
Over the past year, Colorado has marked some important milestones:
- On December 14, 2020, the first shipments of COVID-19 vaccine arrived in Colorado.
- On March 2, 2021, Colorado announced that it had reached 70% of Coloradans aged 70 and over by the end of February..
- On April 1, 2021, Colorado celebrated the complete vaccination of more than one million Coloradans.
- On July 3, 2021, Colorado announced that 70% of Coloradans (3.2 million people) were at least partially vaccinated, ahead of West-leading President Joe Biden’s July 4 deadline.
- On September 10, 2021, Colorado celebrated 75% of Coloradans ages 12 and older who received at least one dose of the life-saving COVID-19 vaccine.
- On November 29, 2021, Colorado announced that 20.6% of Colorado children aged 5 to 11 had received at least one dose of COVID-19. We’re now over 25% of coloradans ages 5-11, ranking us 10th among states.
To achieve these milestones, Colorado has:
- Enrolls 1,344 vaccine suppliers in Colorado’s COVID-19 immunization program.
- Launched and continues to operate large, convenient community vaccination and booster sites.
- Construction of more than 2,150 mobile bus stops for vaccines.
- Managed over 1,700 clinics serving low-income, rural communities of color.
- Held thousands of clinics in primary care offices, schools, community health centers, pharmacies, hospitals, community organizations, museums and other events.
- Fulfilled 15,874 orders from COVID-19 vaccine suppliers in Colorado for more than 7.2 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine.
- Redistribution of over 1.2 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine from CDPHE State Laboratory to over 4,000 locations to ensure equitable access to vaccines.
- Sent over 3.9 million texts and emails to upcoming or overdue Coloradans for COVID-19 vaccines.
- Has worked with over 50 museums, zoos, libraries, recreation centers, professional sports teams, and special events to run clinics for children ages 5 and up and their families.
- Enrolled and supported over 400 primary care providers as COVID vaccine providers as part of the primary care immunization program. Of the primary care providers affected by this program, 30% are from outside the Front Range, 48.6% are Medicaid providers, 82.6% serve families and children, and 30% are completely new to the area. Colorado Immunization Information System (CIIS).
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