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UNVACCINATED INDIVIDUALS URGED TO TAKE PRECAUTIONS AS VARIANT SPREADS RAPIDLY

Power the Comeback vaccine bus camps out at Country Jam giving festival-goers a quick, easy way to help end the pandemic.

Country Jam Music Festival, a staple event on the Western Slope, was canceled last year due to COVID-19 concerns. This year, with COVID-19 vaccines widely available and updated Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, the festival is returning to western Colorado.

The Delta variant of the COVID-19 virus is spreading rapidly in Mesa County. Not only does the Delta variant spread faster than the original strain, it carries nearly double the risk of hospitalization. With the Delta variant’s large presence in Mesa County and new findings about its severity, vaccination is increasingly important.

Fully vaccinated concert-goers can feel confident their vaccine will provide strong protection against all strains of COVID-19, but should exercise caution, especially in non-ventilated areas where large crowds gather. 

Unvaccinated individuals are urged to keep their distance from others and consider visiting the Power the Comeback bus to get a COVID-19 vaccine on site. 

The bus, which has made numerous stops in Mesa County, will be inside the gates on the promotional row Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Vaccines will be given free of charge and no identification is required. If you have questions about the safety and effectiveness of available vaccines, click here.

If you choose to get a vaccine at Country Jam, please remember, it takes two weeks after your final dose for your body to build full protection. If you develop symptoms during or just after the music festival you are encouraged to get a COVID-19 test

Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) has worked with festival organizers to ensure concert-goers know the risks associated with large events. Safety messages will be broadcast throughout the venue and in addition to vaccines, COVID-19 testing will be available on-site. 

Residents who are not feeling well are advised to stay home. 

 

MCPH asks all residents to take steps to protect themselves and look out for each other.