Having a place for COVID tests and vaccines, Mesa County Public Health’s building is now a hub for all coronavirus needs. For its administration, the bottom line is the vaccine site has not been shut down, just relocated.
“We needed that huge space at the Grand Junction Convention Center to fulfill our needs, to meet our demands. but now we are seeing a little bit lower demand and it just makes sense to come back to the smaller space,” Stefany Busch elaborates, “We just want to assure the community that we can still meet the needs of the community you know if we do see an increase in vaccine demand, our site here at Mesa County Public Health can surely meet that demand.”
People as young as 12 years old can now receive a COVID shot, and public health remains determined to accommodate.
“Making the visit a little sweeter, Mesa County Public Health continues its tradition of giving candy to kids after a job well done getting a shot,” Cora Dickey reports.
For months, vaccines had to be carefully transported to and from the convention center. COVID vaccines need to be kept in cold temperatures from delivery to distribution.
Being a resource for beyond Mesa County, one benefit vaccine site staff finds in moving things back to base is less travel and more storage.
“We are working as a Western Slope hub, so we do vaccine for other counties that may need it for any events that they are doing,” Allison Sanchez shares, “We also help hold supplies for the State Vaccine bus just to make sure that everything easily accessible for those that are coming through, doing extra clinics for us.”
COVID vaccine appointments are available four days a week at Mesa County Public Health. One of the biggest changes is that COVID vaccine appointments won’t start being available until 3 p.m. on weekdays (Wednesday-Friday). An additional day of service will be Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.