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COVID vaccine update: quarter-million doses given in county

 

Last updated 4/1/2021 at 2:33pm

El Paso County Public Health

Florentino Hernandez gives the thumbs up after receiving his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at El Paso County Public Health South on March 26.

State and county officials have provided a number of updates related to the COVID-19 vaccine release.

As of Tuesday, El Paso County reached another vaccine milestone, with a quarter-million total doses administered.

"This is an impressive milestone for our community," said Fadi Youkhana, epidemiologist for El Paso County Public Health. "March has also marked a tremendous month of progress in vaccine distribution efforts, accounting for more than 40% of all doses administered since the vaccines first became available in mid-December."

Data through Monday, March 29:

Total doses administered: 253,266

People vaccinated: 157,275

People fully vaccinated: 99,405

Seven-day average daily doses administered: 3,480

Age 70 and above: 70.9%

Age 65-69: 67.2%

Phase(s): Phase 1A, Phase 1B.1, 1B.2, 1B.3 and 1B.4

To access the latest vaccine numbers for El Paso County, see the COVID-19 vaccine dashboard: https://www.elpasocountyhealth.org/covid19-vaccine-data-dashboard

NEW: COVID-19 Vaccine Provider Map

Late last week, El Paso County Public Health launched a new interactive online mapping tool to help eligible individuals locate a vaccine provider in our community. Individuals can search for an address or locate one on the map of nearby providers. https://www.elpasocountyhealth.org/how-will-i-get-the-vaccine

State to expand eligibility to Phase 2 on April 2

Gov. Jared Polis announced on Monday that Colorado will move to Phase 2 of its vaccination distribution timeline on Friday. Phase 2 is the last phase of the timeline and expands eligibility for COVID-19 vaccines to the general public.

The newest county health facility -- El Paso County Public Health South -- on Hwy. 85/87 in Fountain is hosting mass vaccine clinics Wednesday and Thursday, and all appointments have been claimed.

The clinics are using the Moderna vaccine, which is approved for people aged 18 and older. American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation and Spanish translators are available.

El Paso County Public Health plans to vaccinate 1,000 people a day at the Fountain location.

Highlights from recent COVID-19 vaccination efforts in El Paso County

Vaccination clinics in El Paso County

Several vaccine clinics were hosted last week. On March 23, El Paso County Public Health, the Downtown Partnership of Colorado Springs and the State teamed up to vaccinate 1,000 people at a clinic for restaurant workers and other eligible people. Public Health vaccinated nearly 3,000 eligible people at the El Paso County Public Health South location on March 25, March 26, and March 29 with the first dose of the Moderna vaccine.

As part of continued equity efforts in El Paso County, partners from New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church and Westside Community Center each hosted vaccine clinics to expand access to underserved communities this past weekend. These pop-up clinics are part of targeted strategies to reduce barriers to the vaccine. New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church administered 400 first doses of the Moderna vaccine and Westside Community Center administered 100 second doses of the Moderna vaccine.

From March 26-29, Centura Health administered 5,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine to eligible residents in Phase 1B.4 and earlier at the Broadmoor World Arena.

VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System opens up vaccine eligibility

The VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System announced that they have opened up COVID-19 vaccination eligibility to all enrolled veterans, regardless of age or health conditions. COVID-19 vaccine appointments are available at clinics in Alamosa, Aurora, Burlington, Colorado Springs, Golden, La Junta and Pueblo.

Currently enrolled veterans may schedule a vaccine appointment when checking in at their next VA appointment or call 888-336-8262 (open 24/7). For more information, please visit VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System.

As the pandemic and vaccine distribution continue to evolve, individuals are encouraged to stay up to date by following trusted and credible information sources. For the latest COVID-19 vaccine information, who is eligible to receive the vaccine, and how to connect with a provider visit El Paso County Public Health.

COVID-19 testing, positivity rates:

El Paso County continues to see an increase in COVID-19 incidence and test positivity rate. Following a recent increase above five percent, the positivity rate is now the highest it has been since late January.

"Our metrics are trending in the wrong direction right now, moving us further away from Level Blue," said Youkhana. "While we are making great strides in vaccination with more than 100,000 El Paso County residents fully vaccinated and more than a quarter million doses administered, we urge our community to continue to practice prevention measures such as wearing a mask, practicing social distancing, and washing hands frequently. These measures will remain critical until all community members have the opportunity to get vaccinated."

The local drive-through test site at 6436 Hwy. 85-87 continues to be open Monday - Sunday 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. To pre-register, visit: https://www.elpasocountyhealth.org/covid-19-testing-information

 

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