COVID-19 Vaccination Update
This page was last updated January 21, 2021
According to a recent press release from the Colorado Governor's Office, Colorado has been among the top 10 states in the U.S. in terms of vaccines administered. Governor Jared Polis reminded Coloradans that the vaccine is free and if an individual is asked to provide financial information it is a scam. Last week, Polis signed an executive order ensuring that the vaccine is free for Coloradans, and insurance status will not be used to deny or deprioritize any patient from getting the vaccine.
“The main limiting factor right now in our fight against the spread of COVID-19 in Colorado is the limited supply of the vaccine. I share the frustration of our 70-plus population and others who want to get vaccinated. Colorado has the ability to utilize three to five times of vaccines based on our current infrastructure, and our local public health departments and providers across the state have done yeoman’s work to get shots into arms,” said Polis in a video update. “The reality is we are exhausting our supply each week and it’s frustrating how slow we are receiving vaccination doses, but we are hopeful that the amount we recover will increase over time.”
The state's primary focus is vaccinating those over the age of 70, given the high mortality rate of that demographic. In Colorado, 78% of the people who have died from COVID-19 have been over 70.
The university is bound by the guidance and decisions made by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE); therefore, UNC doesn't make independent decisions about who can obtain a COVID-19 vaccine.
The university alsodoesn't administer or have vaccines on-campus at this time. We're working closely with the Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment who will notify us when doses become available to UNC groups based on the state's distribution schedule.