DENVER (AP) – As Colorado enters its next phase of vaccine distribution, Gov. Jared Polis explained the state’s plans to vaccinate adults 70 and older.
The goal is to have 70% of Colorado residents aged 70 and over vaccinated by the end of February, Polis said Friday.
Statewide, local health officials are feeling frustrated by the lack of clear directions in phased distribution and disparities in vaccines. They are also addressing complaints and concerns from older Colorado residents who are confused and do not know how to get an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine, the Colorado Sun reported.
Hospitals are contacting all patients in the 70 and older age group who are in their systems to schedule appointments for the COVID-19 vaccine, Polis said.
People of the right age group who want to get vaccinated but haven’t heard of a local hospital can open an account online. For those who do not have access to a hospital, there will be community centers and health clinics that will distribute vaccines to interested seniors, Polis said.
“For older people who are not or cannot access the portals or have their children or grandchildren help them access the portals and register – we really want to be in the community in a way that fits. hand and make sure they have access from the start to the life-saving vaccine, ”said Polis.
Polis also added that Colorado is developing weekly partnerships with mobile health clinics to bring vaccines to underserved areas.
“To reach everyone, it is important that we go beyond our normal hospital system to make sure that people 70 and over can be protected,” Polis said.
Colorado is seeing the first signs of an increase after the holidays, state epidemiologist Rachel Herlihy said. It is too early to know the impacts of the virus since New Year’s Eve, she added.
For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough, which go away within two to three weeks. For some – especially the elderly and people with existing health problems – it can cause more serious illnesses, including pneumonia and death.
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