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The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has confirmed that Chaffee County Public Health (CCPH) will be receiving its first shipment of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine this week. CCPH has scheduled an additional vaccination clinic for this upcoming Friday, April 9th, from 10:00 a.m. t0 2:00 p.m. at the Chaffee County Fairgrounds, 10165 County Road 120 in Salida.

As with other CCPH clinics, this Friday’s vaccinations will be conducted as a drive-through. Those interested should make an appointment at www.chaffeecounty.rsvpify.com. CCPH asks drivers to arrive no earlier than their scheduled time to reduce traffic. Completed paperwork should be ready upon arrival. Hard copies of the vaccine consent form can also be found at Buena Vista and Salida libraries.

Additionally, those who sign up for the clinic should wear clothing that can be easily removed so the shot can be administered in the upper arm. The process may take 30 minutes or more as there is a mandatory 15-minute observation time after vaccination.

“CCPH is excited to finally be able to offer members of our community with a third brand of vaccine,  Johnson & Johnson, especially due to it being a one-dose series compared to a two-dose series,” CCPH Director Andrea Carlstrom says. “CCPH urges everyone in the county who has not signed up for the vaccine, regardless of which type, to please register for an upcoming clinic as soon as possible. Unfortunately, we are seeing an increase in positive cases in our county, and we are truly in a race to get our population vaccinated and our community protected before the variants have a chance to catch up.”

Due to slowing vaccine demand and interest as well as an increase in “vaccine tourism” at local clinics, CCPH’s last first-dose mass vaccination clinic at the fairgrounds will be held on April 13th. After that clinic, community members will need to schedule an appointment through one of CCPH’s regular immunization clinics while supplies and availability last. There are still many available slots at upcoming clinics, and the public is encouraged to sign up for one of the many opportunities to get the vaccine.