Public Health Emerging Issues

February 8, 2020


  • Colorado is currently in phase 1 of vaccine distribution.
  • Mesa County has completed phase 1A and is focusing efforts on Phase 1B.1 of vaccine distribution.
  • Supplies of COVID-19 mRNA vaccines remain limited at this time.
  • To date 17,150 first and second doses have been allocated to Mesa County Public Health, hospitals, and medical offices. 
  • As of the week ending January 30, Mesa County has administered a cumulative total of 8,759 first doses and 2,588 second doses for a total of 11,347 doses. 
  • During the week of January 23 to January 30, 1,411 first doses and 977 second doses were administered.
  • We estimate Phase 1A and 1B.1 is 47% complete.
  • Vaccine data is published weekly on the MCPH Vaccine Dashboard.
  • Mesa County Public Health is operating a Point of Distribution (POD) mass vaccination site by appointment only at the Grand Junction Convention Center (159 Main St.). 
  • MCPH is prioritizing individuals 70 years and older as well as first responders in Phase 1B.1 in accordance with the State of Colorado’s phased vaccine distribution plan.
  • Beginning February 8 populations in Phase 1B.2 are eligible to begin receiving vaccine.
    • Industries in this phase have been coordinating with Mesa County Public Health and will receive vaccine sign-up information through their employer. These include child care workers in licensed child care programs, teachers (full-time and substitutes), and other school support positions (bus, food, counselors, administrative, safety, and additional support services offered inside the school) 
    • Employers who have not yet been contacted by MCPH can use this link to send an email inquiry about scheduling staff vaccinations.
  • A vaccine interest form is available on the MCPH website for individuals 70 years and older. This form will include an option for people ages 65-69 beginning February 8.
    • As of February 3, there are more than 18,000 individuals who have filled out the form, the majority (78%) are over the age of 70.
    • Approximately 8,500 (45%) have been contacted to schedule an appointment.
    • As a reference point, those who submitted the form on or before January 7, 2021, have been contacted to schedule an appointment.
  • If you do not have regular access to a computer call 970-248-6900. Press Option 7, and leave a call back number. Individuals who are more comfortable communicating in Spanish should call the Mesa County Public Health Spanish-language line at 970-255-3700.
    • We ask for your patience as we return calls as quickly as possible. High call volumes have resulted in delayed response times.
    • 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).
  • Phase 2 is scheduled to begin this spring and Phase 3 is on track to begin this summer, if not sooner, based on vaccine availability.