6 doses per vial instead of 5 creating 20% increase in vaccine allocation, Gov. Polis says


Colorado Gov. Jared Polis makes a point during a news conference about the increase in COVID-19 cases and how parents need to enroll their children in school during the pandemic Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

DENVER (KDVR) — With fewer doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine expected on Friday, Governor Jared Polis said the vials the state currently has have 20% more than originally thought.

“With the Pfizer vaccine, each vial effectively will have six doses instead of five is what we’re finding in the field,” Polis said.

A spokesman for the governor’s office said the reduction of Pfizer doses was made by leaders of the federal government’s Operation Warp Speed.

“I do call upon the federal government, I saw Pfizer’s announcement that they do have doses waiting in the warehouse and they just need to be told where to send them,” Polis said. “We say send them to Colorado but we encourage the federal government to get those distributed out; they’re not doing any good at a Pfizer warehouse.”

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s (CDPHE) Dr. Rachel Herlihy and Behavioral Health and Inclusion Worklead, Aimee Voth Siebert joined on the virtual conference.

Herlihy said cases remain high but are declining in Colorado. She attributes the decrease to restrictions in place across the state and that there was not a post-Thanksgiving spike like many other states.

The first doses of the FDA approved Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine arrived in Colorado on Monday and the state has been working on distributing and administering to frontline workers.

FDA approval of the Moderna vaccine is pending but it has already been endorsed by an outside panel of experts and could possibly be available by next week.

Voth Siebert addressed the mental health decline due to the coronavirus pandemic and offered several options for those suffering through these worldwide difficult times.

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