Video: Polis, Health Officials Detail How Colorado Would Roll Out A Coronavirus Vaccine

Updated 3:07 p.m.

Colorado has released its distribution plan for when an approved coronavirus vaccine becomes publicly available. The state faced a Friday deadline to submit its plans to the federal Centers for Disease Control.

Colorado's plan for distribution is broken down into phases that set a vaccine priority for three groups of people. Gov. Jared Polis says Colorado is experiencing its biggest rise in coronavirus since late May. There have been more than 1,000 newly confirmed cases during the last 3 days and over 350 hospitalizations in a week. The upward trend led to Denver’s mayor to announce stricter mask mandates and limits on group gatherings.

At a briefing earlier this week, Polis issued warnings but no new restrictions as cases continue to rise in the state — saying it was up to Coloradans whether the trend could be reversed. Boulder County also slightly eased its earlier restrictions on gatherings of college-aged people.

Note: The governor's briefings don't always start on time.