It is a slow process, but Mesa County is making progress along with the rest of Colorado in moving forward with the next vaccination phase.

Getting the COVID-19 vaccine to those who are age 70 and older has been the initial priority. Mesa County Public Health has had contact with more than 16,000 individuals in regards to getting a vaccine appointment scheduled and has been working through a list of about 1,000 people who want to be contacted by phone.

Where We Are At Right Now

Currently, the focus is on the age 65-69 category, and Mesa County has contacted more than 4,000 people for scheduling a vaccination. Anyone over the age of 65 is being encouraged to fill out the vaccine interest form on the Mesa County Public Health website. Oftentimes, within just a few days a link to the self-scheduling system is sent directly to people who sign up. So far, more than 26,000 vaccine doses have been administered in Mesa County.

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What's Next?

On March 5, Colorado moves into what is being labeled as 1B.3 of vaccine distribution. This phase will target those who are age 60 and older. This phase is also going to include essential agricultural and grocery store workers.

Special Exceptions

This phase is also going to include people age 16-59 with two or more high-risk conditions. High-risk conditions have been defined as those currently receiving treatment or have received treatment in the last month for cancer, chronic kidney disease, COPD, diabetes mellitus (types 1 and 2), Down syndrome, specific heart conditions, obesity, pregnancy, sickle cell disease, and solid organ transplant. Also in this category are people with disabilities who require direct care in their home, and those that disabilities preventing them from wearing a mask.

Getting More Infomation.

There is a ton of information about the vaccination process on the Mesa County Public Health website. For those that are not able to access the interest form online, help is just a phone call away at 970-248-6900, Option 7.

 

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