Jan. 29, 2021: Governor Jared Polis provides update on COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

Governor Jared Polis was joined with General Scott Sherman, Director of Joint Staff, Joint Force Headquarters, Colorado and Scott Bookman, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s COVID-19 incident commander at a press conference at 12:45 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 29, 2021. 

They provided an update on current COVID-19 vaccination data, announced new populations that will begin getting vaccinated on Feb. 8th and populations to directly follow at the beginning of March. 

Current vaccination data reports:

  • 40% of the 70+ population in Colorado has been vaccinated. The State of Colorado reports that they are on track to reach their goal of vaccinating 70% of 70+ Coloradoans by the end of February. 

Vaccine eligibility expansion announcements:

  • Beginning February 8th, two new populations will start to be vaccinated and are classified as Phase 1B.2
    • Coloradoans of the age of 65-69.
    • PreK-12 educators & child care workers in licensed programs and essential government employees. 
      • All instructions for them to schedule their vaccine will come from their school district/employer.

It is estimated that there are 408,000 Coloradoans that qualify for the vaccine in the Phase 1B.2 category, and 55% are estimated to be vaccinated by March 5th.

  • Estimated to begin March 5th, Phase 1B.3 will begin getting vaccinated. These populations include:
    • Frontline essential workers
      • All instructions for them to schedule their vaccine will come from their employer. 
    • Coloradoans of the age of 16-64 with two or more high risk conditions.

It is estimated that there are 1.1 million Coloradoans that qualify for the vaccine in the Phase 1B.3 category

Expected amount of COVID-19 vaccines to be shipped to Colorado in February 2021

Colorado is expected to receive a total of 452,000 doses by March 1. The breakdown estimation of what Colorado will receive each week is below: 

  • Feb. 1- Feb. 8:101,000 vaccines
  • Feb. 8- Feb. 15: 90,000 vaccines
  • Feb. 15-Feb. 22: 90,000 vaccines
  • Feb. 22-March 1: 90,000 vaccines


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