Mesa County, Colo. – Governor Jared Polis shared some encouraging news with Coloradans this afternoon,
“We’ve now made enough progress in 12-17 year old’s, where we have achieved a 70-percent vaccination rate of the entire population,” says Governor Polis.
Colorado is now at a 72.12 percent COVID-19 vaccination rate.
The governor urges those who are hesitant to get vaccinated to consider the data – the first vaccine dose was administered 8 months ago in Colorado, and since then research shows an individual is more likely to be struck by lightning than have adverse affects from the vaccine,
“Now that we have reached the goal of having a 70-percent vaccination rate by July, the governor is aiming for 80 percent-soon, especially with hospitalizations going up,” says KREX5’s Reilly Spence.
Governor Polis says the vast majority of hospitalized COVID-related cases are unvaccinated individuals,
“If you haven’t been vaccinated – please get vaccinated. You are putting yourself and others at great risk to this Delta Variant,” continues Governor Polis.
The state’s sense of urgency with vaccines comes shortly after the surge of Delta Variant cases.
If you are unsure of which vaccine to get, health experts say one vaccine is leading the others in avoiding breakthrough cases,
“We are seeing more vaccine breakthrough cases with Jaansen, or Johnson and Johnson Vaccine, and the Pfizer Vaccine compared to Moderna,” says state epidemiologist Dr. Rachael Herlihy.
While Colorado makes strides towards the governor’s goal of an 80-percent vaccination rate, Polis reminds everyone that the pandemic is not yet over. Mesa County falls short of the state’s vaccination rate at 47-percent of its community members receiving at least one dose of the shot.
If you live in Mesa County and would like to get vaccinated, Mesa County Public Health offers free vaccines, no-appointment necessary Wednesday through Friday 1PM to 5PM, and on Saturdays from 9AM to 1PM.