Fremont County is responding to Colorado’s recent changes in the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines. Recognizing that people age 70 and older comprise 78 percent of COVID-19 deaths in Colorado, the state and counties are now including that age group and a list of essential frontline workers in Phase 1B in vaccine plans.
Fremont County Department of Public Health and Environment (FCDPHE) and St. Thomas More Hospital in Cañon City are working to plan and schedule vaccine clinics for 1A and 1B populations in Fremont County.
Once frontline healthcare workers and first responders within Phase 1A and 1B populations have been vaccinated and vaccine supply is sufficient, FCDPHE will start administering COVID-19 vaccine to Fremont County residents 70 and older.
If you are 70 years of age or older you can call the department’s COVID-19 Hotline at 719-276-7421 to get on a list to receive the vaccine when it is available. At this time, FCDPHE does not have an exact date when it will receive sufficient vaccine supply. To stay up to date on vaccination plans in Fremont County, visit FCDPHE’s Facebook page or www.fremontco.com.
According to a press release issued by FCDPHE, “Updates to the vaccine distribution plan include an expansion of Phase 1B and changes to the age ranges under Phases 2 and 3. Moderate risk health care workers and first responders are still covered under 1B. Postal workers, grocery store employees, people who work in homeless shelters, public transit workers and other frontline workers, as well as essential state government officials and frontline journalists have been added below the “dotted line” under 1B but approval to move below the dotted line has to come from CDPHE. In the meantime, we encourage Coloradans to visit the COVID-19 vaccine frequently asked questions website.”
As of Dec. 30, this is the current plan for vaccine rollout. Plans are subject to change.
Phase 1A (plans are to complete by mid-January):
• Highest-risk health care workers and individuals including people who have direct contact with COVID-19 patients for 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period.
• Long-term care facility staff and residents.
Phase 1B: (Winter)
• Coloradans age 70+
• Moderate-risk healthcare workers, first responders, frontline essential workers, and continuity of state government employees, including health care workers with less direct contact with COVID-19 patients, firefighters, police, COVID-19 response personnel, corrections workers, funeral home employees, pharmacy and dental workers.
• Frontline essential workers in education, food and agriculture, manufacturing, U.S. Postal Service, public transit and specialized transportation staff, grocery, public health, frontline essential human service workers, and direct care providers for Coloradans experiencing homelessness.
• Essential officials from executive, legislative and judicial branches of state government.
• Essential frontline journalists.
Phase 2 – Spring:
• Higher-risk individuals and other essential workers, including people age 60-69, people 16-59 with obesity, diabetes, chronic lung disease, significant heart disease, chronic kidney disease, cancer, or those who are immunocompromised.
• Other essential workers and continuity of local government employees.
• Adults who received a placebo during a COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial.
Phase 3 – Summer:
• The general public to include those ages 16-59.