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Public Health Emerging Issues

March 25, 2021

COVID-19 VACCINATION UPDATE

  • As of the week ending March 20, 35,057 first doses and 16,611 second doses have been administered in Mesa County for a total of 51,668 doses. 
  • We estimate approximately 63% of individuals age 70+ and 51% of those between the ages of 60-69 have received a first dose. Our community goal is 75% for these age groups as they are most at risk for severe outcomes related to COVID-19.
  • A Vaccine Dashboard is updated weekly on the Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) website. 
  • MCPH continues to operate a Community Vaccination Site located at the Grand Junction Convention Center at 159 Main St, Grand Junction, CO 81501.
  • This week, we are administering 1,500 to 1,700 vaccine doses per day. Our goal is to administer 6,000 doses per day. 
  • The largely volunteer-run effort uses 140-200 volunteers each day including 50 medical volunteers (vaccinators, draw nurses, observation) and hundreds of non-medical volunteers (navigators, data entry)
  • MCPH is currently in Phase 1B.4 of vaccine distribution. Eligible populations include:
    • People age 50 or older
    • Student-facing higher education employees
    • Frontline essential workers in food/restaurant services
    • Frontline essential workers in manufacturing
    • Frontline essential workers for the US postal service
    • Frontline essential workers in public transit and specialized transportation
    • Frontline essential workers in public health
    • Frontline essential human service workers
    • Faith leaders
    • Frontline essential direct care providers for Coloradans experiencing homelessness
    • Frontline essential journalists
    • Continuity of local government
    • Continuation of operations for state government
    • Adults who received a placebo during a COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial 
    • People 16-49 with one of the high-risk conditions listed on our website

 

  • Visit our website for vaccine scheduling links available in English and Spanish
  • If your phase or reason for qualification says ‘open for scheduling,’ you will be directed to our self-scheduling tool to make your vaccine appointment. 
  • If you do not yet qualify for an immediate vaccine appointment (Phase 2), you will be directed to our vaccine interest form. We use this list to contact individuals when a vaccine appointment is available, or if not all slots have been filled by individuals in the current phase. This process ensures we are giving out the vaccine as soon as possible and we don’t waste doses.
  • Appointments are typically available as soon as the next day, even for individuals who fill out the interest form. 
  • If you are unable to complete scheduling 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).