Public Health Emerging Issues

March 3, 2021



    • Johnson & Johnson announced on Saturday, February 27 that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for its single-dose COVID-19 vaccine, developed by the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson.
      • Clinical trials show Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine reduces severe illness by approximately 85% even with a lower overall efficacy (66%) than the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. 
      • Colorado expects to receive its first allotment (45,500 doses) of the single-dose vaccine this week.
    • While continuing to prioritize older adults and previously eligible groups, on Friday, March 5, Colorado will move into Phase 1B.3 of vaccine distribution. This phase was recently updated to include:
      • People age 60 or older.
      • Frontline essential agricultural and grocery store workers.
      • People age 16-59 with two or more high-risk conditions.
  • A vaccine interest form is available on the MCPH website and has been updated to include an option for those 60 or older as well as industries who qualify by the current phase.
  • Phase 1B.4 has been added, and the general public now qualifies in Phase 2. View the full distribution plan here
  • As of the week ending February 26, 24,286 first doses and 9,425 second doses have been administered in Mesa County for a total of 33,711 doses. 
  • A Vaccine Dashboard is updated weekly on the Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) website.
  • Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) continues operating a Point of Distribution (POD) mass vaccination site by appointment only at the Grand Junction Convention Center, located at 159 Main Street. 
  • If you are unable to complete the interest form online call 970-248-6900. Press Option 7, and leave a callback number. Individuals who are more comfortable communicating in Spanish should call the Mesa County Public Health Spanish-language line at 970-255-3700.

The State of Colorado has set up a Vaccine Hotline, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with answers to general vaccine questions available in multiple languages. Call 1-877-CO-VAX-CO (1-877-268-2926).