Mesa County Public Health takes this week to expand hours to give COVID vaccines. Saturday’s clinic serves as the first weekend clinic at the Grand Junction Convention Center. This is a trial run to see if extended hours accommodate more people and increase vaccination rates.
Even with the COVID dial gone and case numbers down daily, volunteers at the center still see a reason to provide the public space and opportunity to get a COVID shot.
“With the resolution, all of us don’t have to wear masks. I think that it makes it even more important for more vaccinations to occur in our population,” Sue Springer expresses, “The mask is offering me some protections but the vaccine really upped my level of protection so I encourage everybody to come out and have a vaccination at this time.”
Everyone has their own reason for getting the vaccine. CMU sophomore Wyatt Schafer wanted to complete his vaccines to fully enjoy COVID restrictions lifted in Mesa County.
“Since this is my second shot, I definitely feel a lot more comfortable with the Free to Choose resolution that they just released,” Wyatt Schafer believes, “Being able to walk around on campus with no mask on, hanging outside with my friends on the lacrosse team, my classmates in general. Just being able to walk throughout the campus without a mask on is just a lot more comfortable.”
Public Health officials report only 30 percent of Mesa County has been vaccinated. If the expansion is popular and demand is high, Mesa County Public Health will consider making evening and Saturday appointments a regular thing.
The next Saturday clinic is scheduled for May 1.