COVID booster clinic in Montrose stands up in the midst of COVID spike

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MONTROSE, Colo.

It’s a busy day in Montrose for commuters and for COVID. Emergency Preparedness Response Coordinator, Lisa Gallegos, for Montrose County says, “Our case count is high at the moment. It is prevalent in our community.”

Out of 64 Colorado counties, the COVID case rate in Montrose County was the 5th highest last Thursday, November 4, according to state data and the 11th highest in the country according to CDC data. “Our vaccination rate is lower than some of the other counties around us,” said Gallegos.

At last report, almost 55% of people age 12 and up in Montrose County got at least one dose of a COVID vaccine, and the demand is going way up. Katie Yergensen with Montrose County Public Health says, “Seeing the long wait times with the bus and talking to our pharmacies that are providing COVID-19 vaccines, there’s a long, long line.”

In order to meet public demand for COVID boosters, Montrose County Public Health is standing up a COVID mass vaxx site here at Friendship Hall where up to a thousand people per day can get their COVID booster shot, or even their first COVID shot. “We’ll be offering Moderna and Johnson & Johnson either as a booster, or a first dose. Unfortunately, we do not have pediatric vaccines,” said Yergensen.

But, will it be enough to help slow the spread because Walmart had to close for almost two days out of caution for the spike in COVID cases. The Montrose Walmart said they have a team that evaluates criteria related to stores and the communities they serve. In a statement to KREX they go on to say, “When that data reaches certain thresholds, we make the decision to get ahead of the situation and proactively close the store for cleaning and sanitizing.”

Yergensen explains Montrose County just disassembled the COVID vaccination site at Friendship Hall in April 2021, and now it’s back. “We said we would reinstitute the site if the if there was a need amongst the community and it definitely seems like the need is here,” said Yergensen.

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