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Current Vaccine Distribution Phases

Colorado is currently vaccinating those eligible in these phases: 

 
  • Phase 1A includes frontline healthcare workers and staff and patients in long-term care facilities
  • Phase 1B.1 includes moderate risk healthcare workers, first responders, and those 70 years old and above
  • Phase 1B.2 includes those ages 65-69, Pre-K-12 educators and support staff, and licensed childcare workers

 

Phase 1B.3 will not begin before March 5th. Phase 1B.3 includes frontline essential workers and those ages 16-64 with two or more underlying health conditions.

Information for those currently eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine

  • Individuals ages 65 and older, please complete this form to register to be notified by a local vaccine provider when you can make an appointment. If you need assistance completing this form, call the Health Department Monday-Friday, 9:00-4:30 at 970-498-5500. Submitting this form does not mean that you will be contacted right away to make an appointment. Thank you for your patience. 
 
  • Larimer and Weld County businesses and organizations that employ healthcare workers, first responders, Pre-K-12 educators, licensed childcare workers, or others eligible in Phase 1B should complete the COVID-19 Vaccine Planning Survey. Completing this survey does not mean that your staff will be vaccinated right away, but it will ensure that we have the necessary information to coordinate with local vaccine providers to vaccinate your eligible staff when appointments are available. 
 
  • Individuals currently eligible due to their profession as a healthcare worker, first responder, Pre-K-12 educator, or licensed childcare worker will most likely have their vaccine coordinated by their employer. Check with your employer to ensure they've submitted the COVID-19 Vaccine Planning Survey. If you are currently eligible due to your profession and work independently, you can also complete the form individually. 

Vaccine Distribution Phases

To be as fair and efficient with distribution as possible, the state has developed a phased approach to vaccine distribution to save lives and end the crisis that has been brought on by the pandemic as quickly as possible. By vaccinating people who are most likely to get COVID-19 first, we can keep more Coloradans safe. The phases are based on age, profession, and/or other criteria that could put a person at higher risk for becoming severely ill or dying from COVID-19. We understand that some people may feel the distribution phases are unfair. Counties are required to follow the state distribution phases without exceptions. Click here to see how many people in Larimer County have been vaccinated so far!

Please note: As we move through phases, people in previous phases remain eligible. Timeline subject to change based on supply chain. Prioritization subject to change based on data, science, availability.
PHASES               ELIGIBILITY 
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.1 - Winter

Coloradans age 70+, moderate-risk health care workers, and first responders:

  • Health care workers with less direct contact with COVID-19 patients (e.g. home health, hospice, pharmacy, dental, etc.) and EMS.
  • Firefighters, police,  COVID-19 response personnel, correctional workers, and funeral services.
  • People age 70 and older.
Phase 1B.2 - Winter

Coloradans age 65-69, PK-12 educators and child care workers in licensed child care programs, and state government:

  • Child care workers in licensed child care programs, teachers (full-time and substitutes), bus, food, counselors, administrative, safety, and other support services offered inside the school.
  • Members of the executive and judicial branches of state government (members of the legislative branch have already received access to the vaccine).
  • People age 65-69.
Phase 1B.3 - Winter

Frontline essential workers and people age 16-64 with two or more high risk conditions: 

  • Frontline essential workers in food and agriculture, manufacturing, U.S. postal service, public transit and specialized transportation staff, grocery, public health, frontline essential human service workers, faith leaders, direct care providers for Coloradans experiencing homelessness, and essential frontline journalists. 

  • People age 16-64 with two or more comorbidities as listed: Coloradans with cancer (defined as patients who are currently receiving treatment or have received treatment within the last month for cancer), chronic kidney disease, COPD, diabetes mellitus, Down syndrome, specific heart conditions (heart failure, cardiomyopathies or coronary heart disease, and severe valvular/congenital heart disease), obesity (BMI of 30 or more), pregnancy, sickle cell disease, solid organ transplant, disabilities that prevent mask-wearing.

Phase 2 - Spring People age 60-64, people with high risk conditions, and the continuation of operations for state government and continuity of local government:
  • People age 60 to 64.

  • People age 16 to 59 with with one comorbidity as listed: Coloradans with cancer (defined as patients who are currently receiving treatment or have received treatment within the last month for cancer), chronic kidney disease, COPD, diabetes mellitus, Down syndrome, specific heart conditions (heart failure, cardiomyopathies or coronary heart disease, and severe valvular/congenital heart disease), obesity (BMI of 30 or more), pregnancy, sickle cell disease, solid organ transplant, disabilities that prevent mask-wearing.

  • Local continuity of local government defined as executives of those branches of government and a limited amount of essential support staff needed to provide for continuity of government.  

  • Continuation of operations for state government is defined as those individuals defined by continuity of operations plans that each agency holds to continue to provide services.

  • Adults who received a placebo during a COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial.

Phase 3 - Summer

General public:

  • Anyone age 16-59 without high risk conditions.

More information about the state's vaccine distribution plan can be found on the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment's website.   

Larimer County COVID-19 Vaccine Providers

UCHealth Information about UCHealth’s vaccine distribution plan is available on its website at uchealth.org/covidvaccine. This site includes information to help people sign up and be included in the vaccine distribution, even if they are not current UCHealth patients. A random selection process will send invitations to schedule a vaccine appointment when one is available. If you or a loved one does not have access or skill with using the online portal, please call UCHealth at 720-462-2255 to be added to their notification list. 
Banner Health Please take the survey to determine if you are eligible to receive the vaccine. Appointments will need to be scheduled online.
Kaiser Permanente Members can visit Kaiser Permanente’s vaccine webpage to complete the “COVID-19 vaccine sign up.” Upon providing your information to them, you will be placed on a first-come, first-served waitlist for the vaccine based on your eligibility.
Salud Family Health Please check Salud's website for updates.
Sunrise Community Health Please check Sunrise's website for updates.
Safeway Pharmacy  Some Larimer County Safeway pharmacy locations have appointments available. If eligible, appointments can be made here. If there are no appointments available, check back at another time. 
King Soopers Pharmacy Some Larimer County King Soopers pharmacy locations have appointments available. If eligible, appointments can be made here. If there are no appointments available, check back at another time. 
Walmart Pharmacy Some locations in Colorado are offering COVID-19 vaccines and have appointments available. If eligible, appointments can be made here. If there are no appointments available, check back at another time. 

 

Transportation to and from your vaccine appointment is available. Please contact the provider you will be seeing for your vaccine appointment to connect with available transportation services.

Things to Know about the COVID-19 Vaccine

  1. We expect that the general public will be able to get the vaccine in the summer of 2021.
    • The supply of COVID-19 vaccines will increase in the coming weeks and months. The currently limited vaccine supply will go to priority groups first and the general public can be vaccinated once the vaccine supply increases.
    • Until then, we need everyone to do their part to slow the spread of COVID-19: wear a mask, avoid others you don't live with, wash your hands frequently, etc.
  2. COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective.
    • Vaccines are rigorously studied to ensure that all vaccines are as safe as possible before being approved and are continuously studied afterward.
    • Once someone is fully vaccinated, COVID-19 vaccines are 95% effective in preventing infection with the virus.
  3. For full protection, two doses of the vaccine are needed.
    • At this time, someone will need to get 2 doses spaced about a month apart to get full protection. It takes about 1-2 weeks for the vaccine to create immunity in the body once someone gets the last dose of the vaccine. Single-dose vaccines are likely to be approved for use in the coming weeks.
  4. COVID vaccines are free.
    • The cost to you for the vaccine is free. Providers will likely be charging for the administration of the vaccine. Agencies may charge insurance for a set priced administration fee of approximately $23, and agencies providing the vaccine to those who do not have health insurance will be compensated by the US Department of Health and Human Services.

Vaccines can save lives, but so can you. 

Stopping a pandemic requires using all the tools available to us. To slow the spread of disease, Coloradans should continue to use basic public health guidance, like physical distancing and mask-wearing, until a vaccine is widely available and used by Coloradans. Learn the most effective ways to prevent COVID-19 and stay healthy here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Larimer County coordinates with local organizations to ensure resources are available to assist with public health volunteer needs. You can also register as a volunteer with these Colorado organizations. 

Medical and health professions: The Colorado Volunteer Mobilizer is currently working to recruit and train individuals from the following areas: Physicians, Nurses, Pharmacists, Respiratory Therapists, EMT/Paramedics, Behavioral/Mental Health and Veterinary/animal response to name a few, to respond to "all-hazards" incidents.

Non-medical/health volunteers: sign up here to be contacted as volunteers are needed in Larimer County.

Register to volunteer to help in Colorado through the Colorado Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Management, Department of Public Safety. 

  • We expect that the initial supply of COVID-19 vaccine(s) will be very limited for several months. This means that a vaccine will not be immediately available to everyone who wants one. 
  • To be as fair and efficient with distribution as possible, the state has developed a phased approach to vaccine distribution to save lives and end the crisis that has been brought on by the pandemic as quickly as possible. The phased allocation plan will prioritize people at high risk of getting exposed to COVID-19, people who work in essential or critical jobs, and people who are at high risk for getting very sick or dying of COVID-19.
  • Prioritization is subject to change based on data, science, and availability.
  • The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment recognizes the Tribal sovereignty of the Ute Mountain Ute and Southern Ute Indian Tribes, and that the Tribes have the authority to determine how vaccine supply will be prioritized for their populations, even if their prioritization scheme is different than what the department recommends.

In the early stages of vaccine distribution, healthcare providers will provide information to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment on how much vaccine they need and how many people are getting vaccinated. Once we believe we have distributed enough vaccine to those who want a vaccine in the first phase, we will move to the next phase. The speed at which we are able to move through the phases will largely depend on the supply of vaccine.

  • The FDA requires that vaccines undergo a rigorous scientific process, including three phases of clinical trials, before they authorize or approve a vaccine. The COVID-19 vaccines are subject to the same safety standards as other vaccine trials. 

  • To date, the independent Data and Safety Monitoring Board overseeing Phase 3 trials of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines has not identified or reported any serious safety concerns. All phase 3 studies have Data Safety and Monitoring Boards. The boards are made up of independent scientists hired by the company to look at the safety data and check at regular intervals whether the company should cancel or continue with the study.  

  • Additionally, two independent advisory committees will review a vaccine’s safety data before it is made available to the public. These committees are the Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC), which advises the FDA, and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), which advises the CDC. 

  • Learn more about the Vaccine safety and development process.

You will not be immediately protected from COVID-19 after receiving the vaccine. Studies show that it takes about one to two weeks after your last dose for your body to be able to protect itself against illness.

Current information suggests it is possible that someone who has been vaccinated against COVID-19 may still have a mild or asymptomatic infection or spread the virus to others. So it is important to continue taking precautions. Continue wearing masks and practicing physical distancing until it is clear that it is safe to stop.

While no vaccine is 100% effective, Pfizer and Moderna have reported that their vaccines are about 95% effective.

Employers may be able to require COVID-19 vaccination for in-person work for their employees, but an employee may be entitled to an exemption through the ADA and Civil Rights Act of 1964. The state of Colorado is not currently pursuing any mandates. The U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission has more information on this on their website: https://www.eeoc.gov/laws/guidance/pandemic-preparedness-workplace-and-americans-disabilities-act

Feeling a little under the weather in the day or two after getting a vaccine is quite normal. Pain at the site the shot was given is common. 
It's common to have flu-like symptoms like muscle aches, fatigue, chills, and fever after the injection. It's more common to have these symptoms after the second shot, but they can still happen after the first. These symptoms can be managed by resting, drinking lots of fluids, and taking over-the-counter medications like tylenol or ibuprofen unless your doctor has told you in the past not to take these types of medications. If the symptoms don't go away after 1-2 days, or if you have any concerns about their duration or severity, we recommend that you reach out to your physician for further guidance.

Severe reactions are rare. If you believe you are having a serious reaction the a vaccine, please contact your healthcare provider for advice. If you would like to report an adverse (bad) reaction to a vaccine, you can do so through the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS). VAERS is an early-warning system that collects and analyzes reports of any problems that happen after vaccination. Anyone can submit a report, including parents, patients, and health care professionals.

For additional FAQs, please visit the state health department website.