Variance Protection Program

Variance Protection Program

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Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) and the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce are teaming up in an effort, known as the Variance Protection Program, to encourage area businesses to implement safety measures that will help slow the spread of COVID 19 locally and allow Mesa County to move forward with reopening efforts needed to help the local economy recover.

If you would like to participate in this program, fill out this form.

Our Current Partners

Restaurants, Breweries & Wineries:

  • 357 Bar and Grill 
  • 357 Reloaded 
  • 626 on Rood Seasonal American Cuisine & Wine Bar
  • 7th Street Deli
  • Agavero’s Mexican Experience 
  • Ale House
  • Applebee’s
  • Aspen St. Deli
  • Azteca’s Family Mexican Restaurant (2 locations)
  • Baker’s Boutique
  • Barons
  • Be Sweet Cafe & Bake shop
  • Berna B’s Classic Cuisine and Catering
  • Bin 707 Foodbar
  • Bin Burger
  • Blue Moon Bar & Grille
  • Bookcliff Country Club
  • Bookcliff Vineyards
  • Buffalo Wild Wings
  • Cafe Sol
  • Carl’s Jr. (North Ave.)
  • Carniceria Sonoyta
  • Camilla’s Kaffe
  • Carlson Vineyards Winery
  • Caroline’s and Tapestry Lounge at Wine Country Inn
  • Charlie Dwellington’s
  • Chili’s
  • Citrola’s Italian
  • Coffee Trader
  • Coldstone Creamery
  • Collbran Cafe
  • Colorado Cellars Winery
  • Colorado Vintner’s Collective
  • Colterris at The Overlook     
  • Colterris Winery
  • Columbine Cafe – St. Mary’s
  • Copeka Coffee
  • Copper Club Brewing Co.
  • Costa Vida Fresh Mexican Grill
  • Cruisers (2 locations)
  • Dancing Moon Ben & Breakfast
  • Daylight Donuts
  • DeBeque Canyon Winery Inc
  • Denny’s (2 locations)
  • Devil’s Kitchen – CMU
  • Dickey’s Barbecue Pit
  • Dos Hombres
  • Dream Cafe
  • EC’s Asian Station
  • Edgewater Brewery
  • Einstein Bagels (Rimrock & Fruita)
  • El J’s Mexican Restaurant
  • El Tapatio
  • Enzo’s Ristorante Italiano
  • Famous Dave’s
  • Feisty Pint
  • Fiesta Guadalajara (2 locations)
  • First Watch
  • Flying Pig & Brew Corner – Community Hospital
  • Four Winds Coffee and Tea
  • Freddy’s Custard & Steakburgers (2 locations)
  • Garfield Estates Vineyards
  • Genghis Grill
  • Golden Corral Buffet & Grill
  • Golosas Mexican Sandwiches
  • Goodie Gourmet
  • Graff Dairy
  • Grand International Buffet 
  • Grande River Vineyards
  • Grand Vista Hotel Bailey’s Bar & Grill & Oliver’s
  • Graystone Winery
  • Gubbini Winery
  • Guru’s Kitchen
  • Handlebar Tap House
  • Hermosa Vineyards
  • Hideaway Lounge at Travelodge
  • Highlands Distillery
  • Home Style Bakery
  • Hot Tomato
  • IHOP
  • Il Bistro Italiano
  • Jimmy Johns (4 locations)
  • Jimmy’z Hamburgers
  • Junct’n Square Pizza
  • Kannah Creek Brewing Company
  • Karma Kitchen
  • Kiln Coffee Bar
  • Kuniko’s Teriyaki Grill
  • Las Marias Mexican Restaurant 
  • Le Rouge Restaurant
  • Leon’s Mexican Restaurant
  • Main Street Bagels
  • Main Street Cafe
  • Maison La Belle Vie Winery
  • Mary’s Restaurant
  • McAlister’s Deli
  • Mesa Mall Food Court
  • Mesa Park Vineyards
  • Mesa Theater
  • Mi Mexico
  • Monument Village Coffee Shop 
  • Monumental Beer Works
  • Munchies
  • My Favorite Muffin
  • Namaste Nepal
  • No Coast Sushi
  • Octopus Coffee (Horizon Dr.)
  • Ocotillo Restaurant and Bar at Redlands Mesa
  • Old Chicago
  • Olive Garden
  • Outback Steakhouse
  • Pablo’s Pizza
  • Palisade Beach House Vineyard and B & B
  • Palisade Brewing Company
  • Palisade Cafe & Wine Bar
  • Palisade Livery Saloon
  • Palisade Pies
  • Peachfork Orchards & Vineyards
  • Peach Street Distillers
  • Pêche Restaurant
  • Perdita’s Coffee & Charley’s Cookies 
  • Pita Place
  • Pizza Hut (North Ave.)
  • Plum Creek Cellars
  • Pressed, LLC
  • Pufferbelly
  • Purple Cow
  • Qdoba (4 locations)
  • Ramblebine Brewing
  • Randy’s Southside Diner (3 locations)
  • Red Fox Cellars
  • Red Robin
  • Restoration Vineyards
  • Red Lobster
  • Rib City (2 locations)
  • Ristorante Pantuso
  • Rockslide Restaurant & Brew Pub
  • Sauvage Spectrum
  • Scallywags Bar and Grill
  • Shiras Winery / The Zesty Moose Marketplace
  • Smokin’ Oak Wood-Fired Pizza
  • Spoons Bistro @ Hopewest
  • Starvin Arvin’s
  • Strayhorn Grill
  • Subway (10 locations)
  • Suds Brothers Brewery
  • Suehiro
  • Sunrise Restaurant
  • Taco Bell (5 locations)
  • Taco Party
  • Tailwinds Concessions – Grand Junction Airport
  • Talbott’s Mountain Gold, LLP 
  • Talon Wine Brands
  • Taqueria Guadalajara (2 locations) 
  • Tequila’s Mexican Restaurant (2 locations) 
  • Tepanyaki Steak House
  • Texas Roadhouse
  • Thai chili & Pho
  • Thai Smile Restaurant
  • The Baker’s Boutique 
  • The Glorious Fig
  • The Goat and Clover Tavern
  • The Novel Cup
  • The Palisade Cafe 
  • The Palisade Livery Saloon
  • The Peachfork
  • The Red Maple
  • The Venue at Fisher’s
  • The Winery
  • Toasted Pixie 
  • Tomlinson Library Dining CMU
  • Turbo Grill – Grand Junction Regional Airport
  • Two Rivers Winery & Chateau
  • U Top It FroYo & Deli
  • University Center – CMU
  • Village Inn (2 locations)
  • Vines 79 Wine Bar
  • Warehouse 2565 Kitchen + Bar
  • Wendy’s (Fruita & Mesa Mall)
  • Wetzel’s Pretzels 
  • Which Wich (2 locations)
  • Whitewater Hill Vineyards
  • Winger Bar
  • WW Peppers Restaurant and Bar
  • Zoup! Eatery

Retail Services:

  • Alida’s Fruits
  • Alta Convenience Store (Fruita)        
  • America’s Mattress          
  • American Eagle Outfitters     
  • American Furniture Warehouse
  • Angelo’s Pottery Studio
  • Angels in the Making
  • A Wild Hair Pet Grooming
  • Back to the 80s, LTD
  • Barnes and Noble
  • Bella Balsamic & The Presses Olive
  • Bob Scott RV’s
  • Board Fox Games & Coffee
  • Brown’s Shoe Fit
  • Builders FirstSource
  • Candy Time Shoppe           
  • Carlson Vineyards Downtown          
  • Colorado Alternative Health Care
  • Colorado Legacy Coffee
  • Colorado Weedery
  • Confluence Studios
  • Country Elegance, LLC
  • Crypto Comics
  • Discontent Lifestyle Stores
  • Discontent Outlet
  • Elevated Smoke Shop
  • Encore Shoppe
  • Enstrom Candies         
  • Frame Depot
  • Fruita Thrift Store
  • Fuoco Motor Co.
  • Grand Junction Pipe
  • Grand Junction Subaru & Grand Junction  Volkswagen
  • Grand Valley Books
  • Habitat for Humanity of Mesa County ReStore
  • Hi Fashion Sewing Machines & Quilt Shop
  • Hobby Hut Models
  • It’s a Plant Thang
  • J.B. Hart Music Co., Inc 
  • Joann Fabrics
  • Junction Discount Furniture
  • La-Z-boy Furniture Gallery
  • Level 7 Shaman Rock Shop
  • L.i.T iN GjC         
  • Loki Outerwear
  • Lush Chalet
  • Main Paige
  • Mattress Firm
  • Maurices     
  • Maverick Store – CMU  
  • Mesa Lavender Farms 
  • Mesa Mall Management Office
  • Mesa Music 
  • Munro Supply           
  • Nana’s Fruit & Jam Downtown
  • Natural Order Supply, LLC
  • Old Friends Trading Company
  • Out West Books
  • Outdoor Program – CMU
  • Owl’s Nest Quilters           
  • Pacsun
  • Quilters Inspiration 
  • Redeemed Treasures
  • REI             
  • Ritz Consignment
  • Ross             
  • Sola Salons
  • Sprouts Farmers Market  
  • Strive Shop        
  • Summit Canyon Mountaineering 
  • Taylor’s Croft
  • Textbook Brokers
  • The Art Center
  • The Ink Store           
  • The Massage Store
  • The Modern Nomad
  • The Nerd Lair
  • The Purple Bee
  • The Wild Flower: Palisade Florist
  • Triple Play Records
  • Tumbleweed DeBeque
  • U-Neek Creations            
  • Uncanny Valley Art Gallery
  • Unique Expressions
  • Uniquely Yours
  • Wet Dreams River Supply
  • Willy’s Wild Carvings – Colorado Fruit Designs
  • Wrigley Field Sports Bar & Restaurant
  • Zach of Diamonds Jewelry Company
  • Zephyr of Grand Junction, LLC

Professional Services:

  • 1st Class Barbershop
  • 50 Shades of Pain
  • AARP Tax Aid – Tax Prep for Low Income Taxpayers
  • About Face Skincare and Waxing Boutique, LLC
  • Accurate Upholstery
  • Academy Mortgage
  • Acuity Massage & Advanced Skin Care, LLC
  • Advanced Skin Care and Laser Center
  • Advanced Techniques
  • Aero Studio Salons (2 locations)
  • Agapito Associates Inc. Headquarters
  • Alano Club of Grand Junction
  • Allstate Insurance, The Carlston Agency, LLC       
  • Alpine Bank (5 locations)
  • Amigo Animal Clinic
  • Animal Birth Control
  • Apex Professional Body Piercing 
  • Ariel Clinical Services
  • Arrowhead Veterinary Hospital
  • AT&T   
  • Avalon Theatre
  • Baldwin & Associates CPA’s LLC
  • Bellagio Nail Spa        
  • Bank of the San Juans (3 locations)
  • Beautifeye Day Spa & Salon
  • Bee Smooth 
  • Bells Grooming/Brien and Sandy’s grooming 
  • Big League Haircuts
  • B.L. Realty Inc. 
  • Blythe Group and Company 
  • Bray and Company
  • Brenda’s Hairstyling
  • Business Incubator Center          
  • Calamity Jane’s Tattoo
  • Cameo Salon
  • Carpets Done Right
  • Center for Children 
  • Center for Independence
  • Chamberlin Architects, PC
  • Cherry Creek Mortgage
  • Clarion Inn
  • Color Crew Salon
  • Colorado Document Security 
  • Courtyard by Marriott
  • Credit Union of Colorado          
  • Crush Salon and Day Spa
  • Discovery Auto Group
  • DoubleTree by Hilton Grand Junction
  • DT Swiss, Inc.
  • E’Toile hair designs 
  • Edens Edge Barber Shop and Salon
  • Edward Jones – Financial Advisor Andy Johnson  
  • Electrolysis by Nicole
  • Elks Lodge 0575
  • Empire Ink Tattoo Palisade   
  • Estilos II Salon on Main         
  • Express Employment Professionals  
  • Fairfield Inn & Suites   
  • Five 60 Salon  
  • Flawless Glo, LLC
  • FOE Eagles Aerie 595
  • Frenchy’s Full Service Salon
  • Fun at the Dentist  
  • Gateway Canyons Resort & Spa 
  • Grand Junction Area REALTOR® Association       
  • Grand Junction Convention Center (Two Rivers Convention Center)
  • Grand Junction Federal Credit Union
  • Grand Junction Regional Airport ( Entire Airport)
  • Grand River Mosquito Control District
  • Grand Valley Event Center/Grand Junction Masonic Center
  • Grand Valley Muscular Therapy
  • Great Clips (Redlands)          
  • Green Valley Herbal Day Spa and Boutique
  • Hair Resort By Christi
  • Hair We Are    
  • Hampton Inn   
  • Harrahs Salon
  • Healthy Habits Massage & Bodyworks, LLC
  • Honeycomb Studio Salon
  • Horizon Drive Car Wash
  • Hot Streaks Inc. DBA Hot Streaks Salon and Retail Center
  • Hummel Real Estate (2 locations)
  • Indigo Studio Salon
  • Innovations Salon and Day Spa
  • Innovative Asset Solutions
  • Inspire Dance Company, LLC  
  • Insurance Advisors Agency, Inc
  • James Lout Photography
  • Jessica’s Grooming       
  • JR’s Carriage Service
  • Kokopelli Animal Hospital 
  • Knode Insurance         
  • La Bella Vita Salon          
  • Landmark Staffing          
  • Leitner Poma of America
  • Lighthouse HR Support
  • Lotus Therapeutics, Olivia Anson LMT
  • Lux Nails
  • Major Mortgage
  • Massage by Rebecca
  • Medicare Resources Center GJ
  • Merry Maids of Grand Junction
  • Mesa County Partners
  • Mesa County RSVP, Inc
  • Mesa County Workforce Center 
  • Metabolic Research Center
  • Michelle’s Styling Salon
  • Monument Physical Therapy, LLC    
  • Monument View Veterinary Hospital 
  • Moose Family Lodge 270  
  • Natural Attractions Salon
  • Orchard Mesa Veterinary Hospital       
  • Overhead Door Company of Grand Junction  
  • Pandora’s Piercing 
  • Pali-Tours 
  • Posh Salon & Boutique
  • ProStar Geocorp
  • Redlands Community Center
  • Rider & Quesenberry LLC
  • River City Real Estate
  • Salon Capelli, LLC
  • Salon Inspire
  • Salon Panache
  • Salon Professional Academy
  • Salon Style @ Tiffany’s
  • Sarahdipity Hair Design
  • SGM, Inc.
  • Shear Magic Styling Salon 
  • Shears N Razors  
  • Simmons Lock and Key      
  • Skin Deep 
  • Sky Canyon Veterinary Hospital
  • Sports Clips  
  • SpringHill Suites    
  • Studio Eight Salon and Spa     
  • Studio One Three
  • Suite One Skin Care
  • Supercuts
  • Tax Time Services
  • The Happy Camper         
  • The Hotel Maverick – CMU   
  • The Look By Amanda   
  • The Maverick Store at CMU
  • The Molina Center
  • The Salon Professional Academy
  • The Stylist Hair Designs Inc. 
  • The Village Hare
  • The Wild Hair Salon 
  • Timberline Bank  
  • Tru by Hilton
  • Urban Girls Salon
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars 1247
  • Wag Resort
  • Wavelengths Salon
  • Weichert Realtors, Heiden Homes Realty
  • Western Colorado Conservation Corps
  • Western Region One Source
  • Wink Wink Blink
  • Your Best Friends Boarding Kennel & Grooming
  • Zarlingo’s Automotive
  • Zuma Hair Studio and Spa

Health Care:

  • Aaron Birch Family Dental
  • Bookcliff Family Dental
  • Body Therapeutics            
  • Brady Chiropractic Group
  • Burton Orthodontics
  • Carl A Feghali, DDS PC
  • Cedar Point Health
  • Clifton Urgent Care           
  • Colorado West Otolaryngologists/ReGenesis Plastic Surgery  
  • Compass Medical Center
  • Crested Oak Dentistry 
  • Dr. Michael E. Klaich, OD          
  • Elevation Dental
  • Endoscopy Center of Western Colorado
  • Fairmount Eye Center
  • Front Door Dental
  • Fruita Canyon Dental
  • Fruita Chiropractic and Massage         
  • Gastroenterology Associates of Western Colorado
  • General Surgeons of Western Colorado – A Division of CSA
  • Grand Junction Chiropractic Center
  • Grand Junction Family Medicine      
  • Grand Valley Dentures and Implants
  • Heirlooms for Hospice   
  • Hormone Health and Wellness of Colorado 
  • Jacobson Family Dental 
  • James Goggans, DMD
  • Julie Gillis DDS, PC 
  • Larsen Dental
  • Lybrook Dental Center
  • Marchionda Imaginative Medicine Institute
  • Marillac Health (3 locations)
  • Monument Physical Therapy
  • Mountain West Dermatology Aesthetics        
  • Mountain West Dermatology, PC     
  • Path-CO, LLC
  • Peak Performance Chiropractic Clinic
  • Pearle Vision
  • Pediatric Dental Specialists of Western Colorado
  • Pinnacle Hearing Aid Center, LLC 
  • Plastic Surgery Specialists, PC
  • Primary Care Partners, Inc.         
  • Red Canyon Family Medicine          
  • Ruby Canyon Dental
  • SHAPE Medical Center
  • SOAR Physical Therapy 
  • Spine & Injury Center of Grand Junction
  • Student Wellness Center – CMU    
  • Urological Associates of Western Colorado – A Division of CSA
  • Valley Surgical Aesthetics and Vein Care
  • Western Colorado Pediatric Associates
  • Western Colorado Physicians Group
  • Western Slope Dental Center

Recreation/Fitness:

  • Absolute Dance
  • Academy of Self Defense
  • Adagio Dance Academy, LLC 
  • Angelo’s Pottery Studio
  • Barrelosophy
  • Better Bodies Pilates & Fitness 
  • Charlie Chedda’s        
  • Colorado Discover Ability 
  • Colorado Discover Ability (Powderhorn)
  • CrossFit Junction
  • Crossroads Fitness (2 locations)
  • Express All-Stars Cheer and Dance/Raise the Barre Fitness
  • Fish Amusement Inc.
  • FITINESI 
  • Freeway Bowl
  • Fruita Community Center
  • Fruita Health Club        
  • Get Air at the Silo
  • Gold Mine Bingo
  • Grand Valley BMX
  • Grand Valley Climbing
  • Half Moon Yoga    
  • Kodiaxe, LLC      
  • Legacy Gymnastics and Ninja Academy       
  • Martial Arts Research Systems of Colorado
  • Maverick Center – CMU      
  • Maverick Pavilion – CMU   
  • Mavs Practice Facility 
  • Mesa Community Center  
  • Mesa Fitness (2 locations)
  • Nine Province Kung Fu
  • Orchard Mesa Bowling
  • Orchard Mesa Community Pool          
  • Palisade Basecamp RV Resorts & Campground       
  • Planet Fitness  
  • Powderhorn Mountain Resort
  • Sculpt Cycle
  • SOLVE IT Escape Games
  • Spin City    
  • Spin N Win
  • The Skill Wheel     
  • Tiara Rado Golf Shop          
  • Tru Wellness Colorado & Thrive Yoga Fruita    
  • VR Arcade   
  • X-Golf 
  • Yoga V     
  • Zone Fitness/ What the Health Works     

Museums/Educational Sites:

  • Academy for Personal Development 
  • Code Ninjas
  • Colorado Mesa University
  • Colorado National Monument Visitor Center       
  • Cross Orchards Historic Site           
  • Dinosaur Journey Museum          
  • EUREKA! Math and Science Center    
  • Mesa County Public Library (6 locations)
  • Museum of the West
  • Professional EMS Education 
  • Western Colorado Area Health Education Center
  • Western Colorado Botanical Gardens
  • Western Colorado Community College  

Click here for a printable list.

This list is updated as frequently as possible, at least once per week. Look for new partners featured in the Daily Sentinel.

Estimated Timeline and Latest Details Related to COVID-19 Vaccine Efforts in Mesa County

Estimated Timeline and Latest Details Related to COVID-19 Vaccine Efforts in Mesa County

COVID-19 vaccine is currently being administered at local hospitals, long-term care facilities, and at Mesa County Public Health (MCPH).  To-date, 4,489 doses have been administered, including second doses for some of the highest risk health care workers. 

Vaccination for Phase 1A is underway, which includes approximately 7,000 individuals who are front-line health care workers and high-risk individuals. Local hospitals and Mesa County Public Health are the designated providers for vaccine administration to individuals in Phase 1A. Vaccination has also begun for staff and residents of Long-Term Care facilities. These are occurring through a Federal contract between the CDC, Walgreens, and CVS. This effort is known as the Pharmacy Partnership Program. Our community goal is to have the majority of health care workers in Phase 1A receive their first dose by the end of January.

Limited vaccination for Phase 1B is underway with expansion plans as more vaccine is received. Phase 1B, which was expanded in the State of Colorado on December 30, includes moderate-risk health care workers, individuals 70 years and older, first responders, and essential workers. Mesa County Public Health is operating a vaccination clinic with the capacity to serve 2,000 people per week. 

A vaccine interest form on our website can be filled out by individuals who are 70 years and older or essential workers eligible in Phase 1B. MCPH will notify those individuals via email or telephone to set-up an appointment as vaccine becomes available. Because of limited supply:

  • Registration is required through an online portal exclusively for organizations in Phase 1A and 1B. 
  • Access to registration is verified through a unique registration token, or key, given to organizations and individuals. 
  • Token information is sent in an email or provided by MCPH to ensure only the appropriate number of appointments, based on available doses of vaccine, are scheduled.

Mesa County will move to additional categories under Phase 1B once we receive more vaccine doses. Local hospitals will continue to assist in local efforts to vaccinate groups 1A and 1B. Our community goal is to have the majority of first responders and individuals 70 years and older vaccinated by the end of February. 

As supply increases, MCPH will expand its ability to administer vaccine by opening a mass vaccination Point of Dispensing (POD) location at the Grand Junction Convention Center. This location will allow an average of 1,600 doses per day to be administered and could be expanded further if needed. 

By March, MCPH hopes to begin vaccinating frontline essential workers in education, manufacturing, postal services, and transportation, among others. This timeline is dependent on receiving a steady supply of doses, which at this time remains limited. The state of Colorado as a whole received 46,000 doses last week.  MCPH is prepared to quickly administer the vaccine as we receive it, regardless of allocation size. 

As we move into Phase 2 later this spring, 35 independent practices have registered to be vaccine providers. Once this phase opens, those providers can order vaccine from the State and administer vaccines to Mesa County residents.

As you prepare for your turn to be vaccinated, please continue to wear a mask over your nose and mouth, stay 6 feet from others, avoid crowds, and wash your hands. 

To see a summary of Mesa County’s vaccination plan, learn what phase you fall into, or to track our progress, visit the COVID-19 vaccine page.

Mesa County Moves to Level Orange on January 4

Mesa County Moves to Level Orange on January 4

Due to a sustained decline in cases of COVID-19 Mesa County will transition to Level Orange: High Risk on the state of Colorado’s dial effective January 4. The move allows businesses who were not part of Mesa County’s Variance Protection (5-star) Program to operate at a greater capacity, partners certified with a 5-star rating may continue to operate at their current level. If declines continue on the current trend, we anticipate these certified businesses will be able to move to level yellow, as soon as the middle part of January.

“Mesa County has stepped up in a big way to get us here, we’re thrilled to see the dial shift back toward green,” Mesa County Public Health Executive Director, Jeff Kuhr said. The most recent data shows a slowing of illness due to COVID-19 in our community; case counts, hospitalizations, and percent positivity are all down in the most recent two week period. 

Still, the number of cases for which the source of exposure is unknown accounts for about 41% of cases in the past two weeks, indicating there is still community spread occurring. “We can’t let our guard down, I ask residents to continue to wash their hands, wear a mask, and avoid in-person interactions with people outside your immediate household.”

To track case counts and other data to monitor disease levels in our community, visit the Mesa County Public Health COVID-19 data dashboard here.

Estimated Timeline and Latest Details Related to COVID-19 Vaccine Efforts in Mesa County

Mesa County Public Health Announces COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Plan

Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) continues to work with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) on a vaccination plan for COVID-19. Mesa County now has supply of both the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines. A majority of the 975 doses delivered last week have been administered by local hospitals to their staff.

The distribution plan prioritizes groups of people who are most likely to get COVID-19. Front-line health care workers, for example, need to receive vaccines so they are able to care for patients who get sick. Priority is given next to people at higher risk because of their age, underlying health conditions, if their job requires frequent contact with the public, and those who live in shared living situations where COVID-19 can spread easily. The general public will receive the vaccine after these priority groups. Using this phased approach, we can slow the spread of the virus and keep more Mesa County residents safe. 

The initial supply of COVID-19 vaccines is expected to be very limited for several months. This means that a vaccine will not be immediately available to everyone. MCPH is preparing for future widespread distribution and is creating a robust plan for when vaccines are more readily available. Community partners are providing essential data so we can allocate the vaccine in the most precise way possible. This will ensure we are able to vaccinate the maximum number of residents with no doses going to waste. 

In Mesa County 35 sites have signed up to distribute vaccines, including local pharmacies, health care provider offices, and hospitals. In addition, the MCPH Clinic will stock and have vaccine available for distribution as outlined in the phases. 

MCPH is currently distributing vaccine to partners eligible during Phase 1A. Once that is complete we will move into subsequent phases. The timeframe is subject to change and depends on a variety of factors, but is currently outlined as follows:

*Timeline subject to change based on the supply chain. Prioritization subject to change based on data, science, availability.

Mesa County Public Health has created a resource to help you plan for when you might be eligible to get a vaccine. Visit our website for a full list of where certain industries fall within the prioritization list. 

Residents are encouraged to frequently visit health.mesacounty.us for updates to the vaccination plan. The website also includes useful links for providers administering the vaccine.

First Doses of COVID-19 Vaccine Arrive in Mesa County

First Doses of COVID-19 Vaccine Arrive in Mesa County

Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) has received the first shipment of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to be administered to frontline health care workers in Mesa County. The distribution will be done in collaboration with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and local health care providers. These limited first doses will be administered to frontline health care workers.

The vaccine requires storage at an ultra-cold temperature (-60°C to -80°C). Mesa County is one of several locations across the state where the vaccine will be stored and then distributed. “Mesa County’s approach since the beginning of this pandemic has consisted of constant collaboration with our health care and other community partners,” Mesa County Public Health Executive Director Jeff Kuhr said. “The distribution of this vaccine will require a coordinated effort, MCPH is both excited and ready for this vaccine in our community,” Kuhr added. 

Vaccine distribution will begin this week. This initial shipment will be followed by more doses of the Pfizer vaccine as well as an allocation of the Moderna vaccine to be administered once the Moderna vaccine is authorized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Authorization for the second vaccine is expected later this week.

Initial supplies of this vaccine are limited and it will be made available first to the highest-risk individuals and then to the general public. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment along with the COVID-19 vaccine distribution planning team has created phases for distribution

To slow the spread of disease, we continue to ask all Mesa County residents to continue physical distancing, mask-wearing, and limiting social interactions with those outside your immediate household until a vaccine is widely available and able to be distributed to all residents of Mesa County.