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January 14, 2021: Physician Town Hall: COVID-19 Vaccine Update (Webinar, 1 hr 29 mins)
January 13, 2021: Update on COVID-19 vaccine distribution from Governor Jared Polis
Practicing physicians are no doubt getting questions from patients on when and how they can get a COVID-19 vaccination. On Dec. 3, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment placed the state's first vaccine order from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for 46,800 doses of the Pfizer vaccine in anticipation of the Food and Drug Administration's Emergency Use Authorization. The FDA will determine emergency authorization on Dec. 10. CDPHE said in a news release that regular vaccine allocation from the federal government will be based on the size of Colorado's total population and the quantity of ready-to-ship doses from the manufacturer. As Colorado makes up 1.69 percent of the U.S. population, the state can expect to receive 1.69 percent of the available vaccine in weekly batches.
As for priority order for receiving the vaccine, the CDPHE plan submitted to the CDC in October remains unchanged. The state is taking a phased approach to target the limited vaccine that will be available, starting with health care providers and critical workforce and then moving to high-risk populations in nursing homes. The finalized prioritization may be further refined based upon final CDC recommendations and state decisions. The bottom line is it is going to take time for everyone who wants a vaccine to get one. Stay tuned; CMS is developing members-only resources for vaccine storage, administration and education for your patients.
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