COVID Vaccines In Colorado: Your Always Up-To-Date Guide To Finding The Info You Need

January 6, 2021
The first round of Moderna COVID-19 vaccines are distributed at the Denver Indian Center, part of the second wave of prioritized shots in the city. Jan. 8, 2020.The first round of Moderna COVID-19 vaccines are distributed at the Denver Indian Center, part of the second wave of prioritized shots in the city. Jan. 8, 2020.Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite
The first round of Moderna COVID-19 vaccines are distributed at the Denver Indian Center, part of the second wave of prioritized shots in the city. Jan. 8, 2020.

Last updated on Feb. 25 at 7:00 a.m. This page will be updated every week day as we learn more information.

What are the different vaccine phases in Colorado? 

As of Feb. 25, 2021, Colorado's vaccine plan is broken down into these phases:

Colorado's COVID-19 vaccine distribution schedule, as of Feb. 11, 2021

How are different people prioritized in each phase? 

Right now, we know how Phase 1A, Phase 1B.1, Phase 1B.2 and Phase 1B.3 are prioritized.

First up was phase Phase 1A, high-risk health care workers, along with residents and staff members of long term care facilities.

After that is Phase 1B.1, which includes all Coloradoans 70 and older, moderate risk health care workers and first responders.

Phase 1B.2 includes Coloradans aged 65-69, and all Pre-K-12 student-facing educators or staff, childcare workers in licensed programs and essential state workers. Gov. Polis indicated that educator vaccines will take place by employer or district.

Phase 1B.3 includes Coloradans 16-64 with two or more comorbidities, and frontline essential workers. According to the Colorado Restaurant Association, restaurant workers are also in Phase 1B.3.

What is an "essential frontline worker"?

According to the state of Colorado, these workers as essential frontline workers, and are included in Group 1B.3:

  • Food and agriculture
  • Manufacturing
  • U.S. Postal Service
  • Public transit and specialized transportation staff
  • Grocery workers
  • Public health workers
  • Frontline essential human service workers
  • Faith leaders
  • Direct care providers for people experiencing homelessness
  • Essential frontline journalists
COVID-VACCINATION-DRIVE-THROUGH-ROCKY-FORDHart Van Denburg/CPR News
A vial of Moderna’s vaccine at the Otero County Health Department’s mass COVID-19 vaccination drive-through clinic for those 70 and older at the Arkansas Valley Fairgrounds in Rocky Ford on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021.

How long will each phase take? 

The majority of Phase 1A health care workers in the state were expected to be vaccinated by Jan. 15, according to an announcement from CDPHE on Jan. 5.

Phase 1B.1 — Coloradans over 70 years old — is expected to conclude by February 28th (The state's goal is to have 70 percent of Coloradoans over 70 years old vaccinated by this date).

Phase 1B.2 began on Feb. 8, and last for three weeks.

Vaccinations in Phase 1B.3 are expected to begin in "winter', according to the state's vaccine website.

Phase 2 vaccinations are expected to take place in the spring of 2021, and vaccinations in Phase 3 are expected to take place in the summer of 2021.  

The phases and timeline however are subject to change — and have in fact changed several times during the course of updating this guide.

What phase is Colorado in right now? 

As of Feb. 25, Colorado is in Phase 1A, 1B.1 and 1B.2 — health care workers and first responders (1A), people 70 and older (1B.1), and people 65-69, child care workers and K-12 educators (1B.2).

Educators are expected to get vaccinated through their district or their employer.

However, vaccine supply in Colorado is still limited — while a county may be ready to move to the next Phase, it may not yet have enough doses to vaccinate everyone in that group immediately.

COVID-VACCINATION-SHORTER-AMEHart Van Denburg/CPR News
Christy Harmon, left, and Barbara Maurath prepare vaccine doses at Shorter Community African Methodist Episcopal Church in Denver, on Sunday, Feb. 7, 2021. The church continues to host COVID-19 vaccination clinics in collaboration with UC Health.

How many doses is Colorado getting each week? Why is the vaccine rollout taking so long?

In a Jan. 12 press conference, Gov. Polis indicated that each week, Colorado expects to receive around 70,000 vaccine doses, but that's not always what's delivered — and that makes it difficult to plan more than a week in advance (in a Feb. 9 update, Gov. Polis said that Colorado will start getting 27,000 more vaccine doses).

On Jan. 18, Polis announced the state would begin a vaccination blitz to get doses to the most vulnerable residents — and during a press conference on Jan. 19, Polis said 1 in 5 Coloradoans over 70 will get vaccinated with their first dose this week.

The state is now tracking how many people have been immunized and with how many doses. However, some of the doses now in Colorado is designated for use as second shots.

As of Feb. 17, Colorado has vaccinated 60 percent of all Coloradans over 70 years old. The state's goal is to vaccinate 70 percent of people over 70 by Feb. 28.

Overall, the state — with a population of around 6 million people — expects to have vaccinated 452,000 people by early March.

How and where can I make a vaccine appointment now? What's the process?

In Colorado, there are two ways you can get the COVID vaccine — through your county's public health department, or through a medical provider (like like a doctor's office or a pharmacy).

It’s not entirely clear how or if you’ll be notified — but you can visit your county’s public health website or call them for more information. You can also start following your county’s Facebook page for updates. 

As of Feb. 25, here are the counties that have started accepting vaccine appointments. Some are currently only vaccinating adults over 70, and some are ready to make appointments for people 65-69. More information, including how to make appointments, is below:

This map of vaccine providers is provided by the state and is updated every Wednesday.

Additionally, Denver Indian Health and Family Services has a limited COVID-19 vaccine supply from Indian Health Services, and is working to vaccinate those over 70. 

In some counties, you can sign up to be notified when the COVID-19 vaccine becomes available for your priority group. Here are the counties we know about doing that:

You can also call the state’s 24/7 vaccine hotline, at 1-877-CO-VAX-CO or 1-877-268-2926 or visit the state's vaccine website.

You can also contact your doctor's office, medical provider or local hospital — many are, or will soon be, accepting appointments and contacting current patients. Here's how:

Statewide:

Front Range:

North:

East

South

Southwest:

West:

This list was last updated on Feb. 25 at 7 a.m.

According to a Jan. 12 email, these 13 Kaiser Permanente locations are providing the vaccine — to both members and non-members — on a first-come, first-served, appointment-only basis (walk-ins are not accepted):

  • Aurora Centrepoint Medical Offices
  • Briargate Medical Offices
  • Highlands Ranch Medical Offices
  • Lakewood Medical Offices
  • Lone Tree Medical Offices
  • Longmont Medical Offices
  • Loveland Medical Offices
  • Parker Medical Offices
  • Pueblo North Medical Offices
  • Rock Creek Medical Offices
  • Skyline Medical Offices
  • Westminster Medical Offices
  • Wheat Ridge Medical Offices


Editor's Note:
 A limited number of CPR News journalists have started to receive vaccinations according to the state's prioritization of essential frontline workers.