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.