Colorado COVID-19 Vaccination Questions Answered. When? The place? As? | Colorado Springs Information

According to Governor Jared Polis’s update on Wednesday, Coloradans 70 and older are now part of Phase 1B of the COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan, joining medium-risk healthcare workers, first responders and key personnel on the front lines.

Coloradans 70+ account for 78% of all COVID-19 deaths in the state. It is therefore important that they are vaccinated as early as possible. This is how the vaccination process works:


Colorado is currently in Phase 1A for vaccine distribution. However, the distribution takes place from district to district, depending on how quickly the districts complete phase 1A. This includes frontline staff at the COVID-19 hospital, as well as residents and long-term care facility staff.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment expects the state to complete most of Phase 1A by January 15, which means most people will begin vaccinations in Phase 1B in late January or early February.

Additionally, CDPHE said “many people” will have the opportunity to start vaccinating “in the next few days” in Phase 1B as some counties are completing Phase 1A early with an abundance of federal supplies.

Specific information on when Phase 1B members can receive vaccines will be provided as it becomes available.

Updates for the nationwide distribution phase are available at


The state is working to coordinate with public health authorities, health care providers, pharmacies and partners in the community to distribute the vaccine to people in phase 1A and 1B.

Many in Phase 1 will get the vaccine through their employer, a long-term care facility, a local health department, or a registered COVID-19 vaccine provider. For those who do not receive the vaccine through these options, the state is working to identify additional providers.

Denver County officials are currently working to coordinate the distribution of Phase 1A and 1B vaccines in local safeways.

Several districts are planning to hold mass vaccination clinics for community members in Phase 1A and 1B, according to CDPHE. These plans will be announced at a later date.

CDPHE will publish additional vaccine distribution locations on the state’s websites in the coming days as additional locations are completed.

For more information on vaccine distribution locations, residents can contact 303-389-1687 or 877-462-2911 Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


As the state nears completion of Phase 1A around January 15, CDPHE will provide more information on what to do next for people in Phase 1B.

If residents get the vaccine, it’s free. Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance cover the cost of the COVID-19 vaccine, and uninsured residents receive the vaccine for free.

Vaccine providers are not allowed to turn away anyone for the vaccine because of insolvency or health insurance status.

There are two vaccines available, the Pfizer and Moderna vaccine, both of which require two doses. Pfizer’s doses must be 21 days and Modernas 28 days apart. Both doses must be of the same vaccine.

At the vaccine appointment, patients will receive an FDA information sheet about the risks and benefits of the specific COVID-19 vaccine.

Patients will also be given a vaccination card or printout that shows what COVID-19 vaccine they received, when they received it, and where they received it. The card is used as a reminder when patients need to receive their second dose.

For more information, please visit CDPHE’s Frequently Asked Questions page at

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