Grand Junction Convention Center COVID-19 mass vaccination site: Day two

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President Biden’s goal was 100 million COVID-19 vaccinations in his first 100 days in office, but that was last week. President Biden says, “I think we might be able to get that to 150, 1.5 million a day rather than 1 million a day.”

The goal for Governor Polis hasn’t changed: to vaccinate 70% of Coloradans over the age of 70 by the end of February. Governor Polis says, “Vaccines are the path back to the Colorado we know we love to normalcy. Larry Mason just got the COVID-19 vaccine and Larry says, “People should get the vaccination because it’s not that big a deal.”

The big deal right now in Grand Junction is a big, free building that’s also one of the best tools to get it done. The Grand Junction Convention Center is now the next mass vaccination site, but last week the more than 26,000 square foot potential mass vaccination site was used only for curbside pickup.

Mesa County only received 500 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine this week, but the county has a contingency and a plan to administer 2,000. “They did pair us off a bit, and we had different people for our vaccinations, but to tell you the truth, I didn’t feel a thing,” Mason said.

This week the facility is finally being used to give people shots in the arm with the COVID-19 vaccine, and the health department hopes to vaccinate up to 1,600 people per day once more doses come in. Karen Moore got vaccinated with her hubby. Karen says, “Once you knew a few main things, it was easy after that, but at first, we didn’t have all the facts.”

The Grand Junction Convention Center even have elevator service for those who need it get the shot, but it won’t help with the confusion signing up for the shot. Buzz says, “You need a confirmation number from once you sign up, and then when they send out the email with the “token phrase” that you understand what you need to do with that, and go forward. If you don’t know that, you don’t get in.”

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