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Chaffee County Public Health (CCPH) and other local COVID-19 providers are preparing to open vaccination clinics to the general public, ages 16 and up, this upcoming Friday, April 2.  See related AVV story for background.

Members of the general public can sign up for any upcoming clinics starting on Friday, but they can register for those before then.  CCPH has plenty of available appointments,” said Chaffee Public Health Director Andrea Carlstrom. “If you know of anyone 16+ who has not gotten their vaccination, please encourage them to do so right away.”

As of publication date, vaccines are available to all those in these phases:

  • Phase 1A – Highest-risk healthcare workers & individuals
  • Phase 1B.1 – Ages 70+, moderate-risk healthcare workers, and first responders
  • Phase 1B.2 – Ages 65-69; PK-12 educators and licensed childcare workers
  • Phase 1B.3 – People age 60 and older, frontline essential agricultural and grocery store workers, and people age 16-59 with two or more high-risk conditions
  • Phase 1B.4 – People age 50 and older, frontline essential workers, people with high-risk conditions, and the continuation of operations for state government and continuity of local government

The new Phase 2, which includes the general public ages 16+, will open April 2. CCPH still has open appointments for today, Wednesday, March 31. Appointments for upcoming vaccination clinics can be made online at the links below. 

All CCPH vaccine clinics are drive-through clinics. A maximum of ten vehicles will be allowed to line up at a time. Any cars posing a hazard will be asked to leave. You must have an appointment in order to receive a vaccine. 

  Chaffee County Public Health COVID-19 Vaccination Scheduler: 

  Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center COVID Vaccination Scheduler: 

When arriving at your appointment, be sure to have your completed vaccination consent form with you. Hard copies can be found at the Buena Vista and Salida libraries.

If you are getting vaccinated with CCPH, the scheduler for the second dose usually opens the day after you receive your first dose. Schedule your second dose appointment using the same scheduler used to set your first dose appointment. 

Make your second dose appointment on the date indicated on the white CDC vaccination card given at the first vaccination appointment. The card will not replace the online scheduler, and there will not be an automatic appointment set for you. There are specific dates and slots available for second doses, so be sure to go through the online scheduling system. 

CCPH relies on personal accountability and responsibility in order to meet the state’s mandates for phased vaccine administration and encourages all those who are 16 and up who have not yet received their vaccination to make an appointment as soon as possible.