March 29th, 2021: Governor Jared Polis announces COVID-19 vaccine will open to general public on April 2nd
Governor Jared Polis gave an update on Monday, March 29th that the Colorado general public will begin to have access to the COVID-19 vaccine on Friday, April 2nd. The Pfizer vaccine has been approved for those age 16+, and the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccine has been approved for those age 18+.
People in all previous phases, 1A, 1B.1, 1B.2, 1B.3 and 1B.4 are still eligible to receive the vaccine at any time.
The Governor announced the goal that everyone in the general public that wants a vaccine, can get a vaccine within 6-8 weeks following the April 2nd launch date. Be sure to stay updated on locations of vaccinations, including the large vaccination clinics that have opened across the state. There are five community vaccination sites that are open and a sixth is set to open April 1 (these are the large-scale drive through sites). These are listed below by county:
- ADAMS- Dick’s Sport Goods Park
- MESA- Grand Junction Convention Center
- EL PASO- Broadmoor World Arena
- LARIMER- The Ranch Events Complex
- PUEBLO- State Fairgrounds
- DENVER- Ball Arena (opening April 1)
For hours, more information, and to find other locations for patients to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, please click here.
Other important notes for physician members:
- The governor gave a reminder that patients may have to wait a couple of weeks for an appointment, but they can begin scheduling their appointment Friday, April 2nd. CMS is here to support you how we can when it comes to making sure you have all the resources you need for conversations surrounding the COVID-19 vaccine with your patients. Please view and use the Ad Council’s “It’s Up To You” social media campaign we have partnered with, among other organizations like the AMA. If you would like to have a social media/digital consult on how you can best use this tool on your website, social media, etc. please email email@example.com. Don’t forget you can also visit www.cmswhatsyourwhy.com to learn more!
- A priority for vaccinating Coloradoans remains in equity clinic work. A total of 111 clinics have been completed and over 75 scheduled in communities throughout Colorado. 30,440 doses in these clinics are scheduled through April 6th.
- Mobile vaccine buses to become available—Four mobile vaccination sites designed to reach underserved areas will launch in May and will work to vaccinate Coloradoans through June. These mobile clinics were designed to help serve rural and other minority areas. The schedule will be posted soon, but they are set to begin in Southeastern Colorado.