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DENVER (KDVR) — Colorado is quickly on its way to achieving the governor’s goal of vaccinating residents age 70 and up against the COVID-19 virus, and vaccine eligibility in the state is moving forward with two more sectors of the population: educators and those 65+.

Gov. Jared Polis has stated several times that the goal is to get 70% of those aged 70 and older vaccinated by the end of February. So far, 71% of that objective has been achieved. And Polis is even more optimistic as the federal government promised Tuesday an increase of COVID-19 vaccines to Colorado at a rate of an additional 9,000 per week.

In a press conference, older Coloradans who already received the COVID-19 vaccine reassured viewers that they felt safe receiving the vaccine, and although there could be mild side effects, they feel back to normal.

On Monday, educators and those age 65 and up became eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in Colorado. Polis assured educators they will not be competing with other cohorts to get the shot, and that they should look to their district for information about how to get the vaccine. Educators should be getting their shots in the next three weeks, he said.

View the video above for the press conference in its entirety.