Colorado to close 6 state-run community vaccine sites

COVID-19 Vaccine

COLORADO (KDVR) — As Colorado approaches a vaccination rate of 70% of adults, the state-run vaccination sites are set to close by July 4 as the country enters the next phase of the fight against COVID-19. 

The six community sites managed by the state are responsible for giving out 389,000 doses, about 12% of all doses in the state, but officials are planning to hand the remainder of the mission to local healthcare providers and community-based partnerships. 

The switch is aimed at achieving a long-term and locally run system for vaccination and the potential need for booster shots in the future.

Bob McDonald, director of Denvers Department of Public Health and Environment, told the Problem Solvers that the site at Ball Arena served its purpose, but it’s time for a new approach.

“Even with things like Ball Arena, we’ve got to make it more convenient, you know?” McDonald said. “There are people in Denver who can’t make it to Ball Arena. They just want to go their local pharmacy. They want to see their primary care physician. So that’s the focus now: assisting and building out that infrastructure.”

More than 70% of adults in Denver County are vaccinated. Over in Adams County, the rate sits at 63%, but leaders are already looking at ways to reach out.

“We’re working with partners to take the vaccine closer to the people who want vaccines, and we’re also working on getting information out about the vaccine so they can make that decision when they are ready to get vaccinated,” said Meghan Prentiss, with the Tri-County Health Vaccine Partnerships and Strategies Task Force.

“We’re putting that information out on radio, TV, digital advertising and through our partners who are in the community and know our communities best,” Prentiss said

Vaccines can be attained at local providers and the closest one to you can be found here. 

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