County launches new page with vaccine data updated daily
Last updated 1/26/2021 at 2:06pm
El Paso County Public Health has launched an online vaccine dashboard to track local COVID-19 vaccination efforts. The data includes information about the current phase and priority groups, how many doses have been administered, how many immunization series have been completed and the daily average of doses administered.
The dashboard, which is found at http://www.elpasocountyhealth.org/covid19-vaccine-data-dashboard, will be updated once daily in the evenings in alignment with updates to the COVID-19 data dashboard.
"One of our top priorities in collaboration with our partners is to continue enhancing data transparency to help inform people in El Paso County communities," said Susan Wheelan, El Paso County Public Health Director. "Locally we provide some of the most comprehensive data in Colorado, utilizing innovative and interactive platforms to visualize the County's progress and response efforts. El Paso County vaccine distribution is an added component on our data dashboard. Throughout the region, there are monumental efforts happening to strengthen coordination and align strategy, policy, and resources to connect people with the COVID-19 vaccine as quickly as possible."
Some of the data about vaccines administered in El Paso County as of Jan. 25:
Total vaccines administered: 39,479
Phase(s): 1A and 1B
Immunization series complete: 8,463
El Paso County is currently focused on vaccinating priority populations in Phase 1 in accordance with the state's phased distribution plan. Countywide, the strategy has been to enroll as many Phase 1 vaccine providers as possible to administer the vaccine. By leveraging existing health care infrastructure through partners, it maximizes vaccine distribution to connect people to vaccine as quickly and efficiently as possible. At this point in time, the biggest barrier is the limited supply of vaccine.
"UCHealth is committed to vaccinating as many people as possible based on the vaccine allotments we receive," said Joel Yuhas, president and CEO of UCHealth Memorial. "Colorado is among the states leading the way in vaccinations, and we are heartened that so many in our community are seeking to be inoculated. Right now, demand is surpassing supply, and we ask that everyone please be patient as we work to vaccinate those according to the state's priority list."
Among partners currently vaccinating individuals in Phase 1, several key players including UCHealth, Centura, Kaiser Permanente, Matthews-Vu Medical Group, Peak Vista Community Health Centers, and Optum and Mountain View Medical Group have become a force multiplier to augment community vaccination efforts. For more information about how to get a vaccine, visit http://www.elpasocountyhealth.org/how-will-i-get-the-vaccine.
"We are humbled and privileged to have this awesome opportunity and responsibility to participate in the COVID-19 vaccination effort in our community in order to protect individuals and families, and save lives," said Dr. Richard Vu, Matthews-Vu Medical Group.
Until the vaccine is widely available, health officials recommend that residents, including those who have received the vaccine, continue to follow prevention measures to slow the spread of the virus.