We are nearly eleven months into the COVID-19 pandemic. Along with our keys, wallet and phones, we have added face masks and hand sanitizer as essential accessories to our daily routines. Across the valley (and most of the rest of the world), people yearn for a return to a semblance of normalcy.
Achieving 70-80% “herd immunity” is a goal that is anticipated to help subside the virus. Vaccinations offer the quickest path to reaching that goal. However, we are still a ways from getting to that point.
So far, two COVID-19 vaccines (Pfizer and Moderna) have been approved for distribution, and a third (Johnson & Johnson) has just requested emergency authorization from the Food & Drug Association (FDA) for their single-dose vaccine. Disappointingly, vaccine production and distribution is currently lagging, tying the hands of Public Health officials. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) estimates 452,000 total vaccines will be allocated to Colorado between January 25 – March 1.
Governor Jared Polis has committed to vaccinating 70% of Coloradans aged 70 and over by the end of February (approximately 393,639 residents). Currently, about 191,000 Coloradans aged 70 or older have received a first vaccine dose.
Phase 1B.2 of the phased distribution plan includes Coloradans aged 65-69, PK-12 educators and staff as well as child care workers in licensed child care programs. This group will begin getting vaccinated on February 8th.
Grand County Public Health launches online Vaccine Registration
In order to ensure that Grand County Public Health (GCPH) has committed individuals for each Phase of the distribution process, they have developed a Vaccine Registration Form for individuals who are not already being provided access to the vaccine through their employers, as well as a Vaccine Registration Form for businesses.
Vaccine Registration Form for Individuals
If you are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine based on your employment, inform your workplace and do not register individually. This registration form will not schedule you for an appointment to get the vaccine. This form will put your name on the list of interested persons in Grand County wanting to get the vaccine. Once the form is submitted, GCPH or a partnering local medical clinic will contact you when they have a vaccine ready for you. Depending on the phase of vaccine administration in which you qualify, you may be contacted relatively soon or it may take quite some time. Be sure to retain a copy of the registration form you receive via email as confirmation of receipt.
PDF of Individual Vaccine Registration Form (for download)
Vaccine Registration Form for Businesses
If you are an owner or manager of a business or organization in Grand County and wish to get your employees vaccinated in a more succinct and organized manner through Grand County Public Health, please complete this form.
Grand County Public Health will contact you to discuss the phase in which your business or organization qualifies (1A, 1B.1, 1B.2, 1B.3, 2, or 3) and also schedule vaccine appointments when your time comes.
PDF of Business Vaccine Registration Form (for download)
Grand County Public Health (GCPH) and Community Healthcare partners are working to prioritize COVID-19 Vaccine to the community. Their efforts are to vaccinate all populations in the timeline outlined and in an expedited manner. Efforts are based on the following factors:
- GCPH is adjusting plans, in real-time, as State priorities change or are adjusted.
- COVID-19 Vaccine logistics are a massive undertaking, with limited staff resources and availability
- All Vaccine Providers signed an agreement to meet all criteria, or potentially have future vaccine shipments stopped.
- Vials of the vaccine contain 10 doses. Once a vial is punctured, the 10 doses must be given within a 6 hour period, or doses will be wasted.
- Persons who are ill with a fever should not be vaccinated.
- Any person with a history of anaphylaxis to a vaccine will be referred to the primary care provider to consult before the vaccine is administered.
- Persons with multiple food &/or drug allergies may be referred to their primary care provider. (Please let us know ahead of time. GCPH will assess and triage these persons.)
- GCPH is registering those who would like the vaccine, but GCPH cannot guarantee any timeline.
- Vaccination distribution is based on the availability of the vaccine.
- The COVID vaccine is free; however, there may be a small administration fee at some vaccination sites. People will be notified of that cost prior to getting a vaccination.
Grand County is currently vaccinating the Phase 1B.1 group. GCPH is not able to move to the next phase of COVID vaccine until given specific direction from Governor Polis and the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment. Providing vaccine to non-authorized populations at this time will result in the penalty of being denied further vaccine delivery to vaccinate the Grand County community. To find out when it may be your turn, visit co.grand.co.us.