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General public in Colorado likely won’t have access to coronavirus vaccine until summer 2021

A distribution plan unveiled Wednesday by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment prioritizes health care workers, and nursing home residents and staff for the first doses

Jesse Paul and John Frank / Colorado Sun

The general public in Colorado likely won’t have access to a coronavirus vaccine until the summer of 2021, state officials said Wednesday, though inoculations for health care workers and nursing home residents could start within a week.

A distribution plan unveiled Wednesday by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment prioritizes health care workers, namely those who interact with COVID-19 patients, and nursing home residents and staff for the first doses of vaccine in what’s being referred to as “Phase 1A.”

Since coronavirus reached Colorado early this year, nearly 1,400 residents of nursing homes and senior care centers have died from COVID-19. More than 5,700 nursing home staff have caught the disease and as many as 10 have been killed by it.



In “Phase 1B,” which is expected to continue through the winter, first responders — like firefighters and police officers — and people who work in home health, hospice care and dental settings will be prioritized to receive vaccines.

A vaccine developed by Pfizer, which requires two doses, could be approved for emergency use by the Food and Drug Administration in the next five days. Another vaccine being manufactured by Moderna, which also requires two doses, could be available as soon as a week after the Pfizer vaccine gets the OK from federal regulators.

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Colorado has 46,800 doses of the Pfizer vaccine on order, which could arrive as early as the first half of next week. The state also plans to submit an order this week for 95,600 doses of the Moderna vaccine.

The allocation of both vaccines is being controlled by the federal government. Scott Bookman, Colorado’s coronavirus incident commander, said the state expects to receive more vaccine shipments each week, depending on “the supply chain and the availability of this vaccine to the federal government.”

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