Video: Polis Bumps Teachers, Coloradans 65+ Up In The Coronavirus Vaccine Line

January 29, 2021

Updated 2:16 p.m.

Teachers in Colorado will be able to get the COVID-19 vaccine starting Feb. 8. That's also the same day people 65 and older can start getting vaccinated.

Gov. Jared Polis announced the change to the state's vaccine rollout Friday. Polis said teachers should work with their employers for access and added that the state aims to vaccinate all teachers within two to three weeks.

The state is still working to meet its intended goal of delivering vaccines to at least 70 percent of the population over the age of 70 by the end of February. A hotline was established for questions but is already plagued by high caller traffic and wait times. Meanwhile, a report has found that 16,000 people have contracted COVID-19 in the state's prisons, jails and other detention facilities. Thirty-two deaths have resulted.