Public Health Emerging Issues: COVID-19 Vaccination Update

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  • Mesa County entered Phase 2 (the general public) of vaccine distribution on April 2. Eligible populations include all individuals 16 years and older as well as previously qualifying individuals.
  • Appointments are required for COVID-19 vaccination, visit our website for vaccine scheduling links available in English and Spanish for an appointment as soon as the next day. 
  • This week, we are administering about 1,000 vaccine doses per day though we have enough vaccine to administer about 1,500 doses per day. 
  • As of the week ending April 4, 42,775 first doses and 21,513-second doses have been administered in Mesa County for a total of 64,288 doses. 
  • We estimate approximately 66% of individuals age 70+ and 59% of those between the ages of 60-69 have received a first dose. Our community goal is 75% for these age groups as they are most at risk for severe outcomes related to COVID-19.
  • Approximately 27% of the total Mesa County eligible population (16 years and older) is fully vaccinated, meaning they have received both doses in a two-dose series, or a single dose vaccine. 
  • It takes approximately two weeks for the vaccine to provide full protection.
  • Vaccine Dashboard is updated weekly on the Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) website. 
  • MCPH continues to operate a Community Vaccination Site located at the Grand Junction Convention Center at 159 Main St, Grand Junction, CO 81501.
  • The largely volunteer-run effort uses 140-200 volunteers each day including 50 medical volunteers (vaccinators, draw nurses, observation) and hundreds of non-medical volunteers (navigators, data entry).
    • VOLUNTEERS ARE ALWAYS NEEDED! If you would like to volunteer to help, sign up here
  • If you are unable to complete scheduling online call 970-248-6900. Press Option 7, and leave a callback number. Individuals who are more comfortable communicating in Spanish should call the Mesa County Public Health Spanish-language line at 970-255-3700.
  • The State of Colorado has set up a Vaccine Hotline, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with answers to general vaccine questions available in multiple languages. Call 1-877-CO-VAX-CO (1-877-268-2926).

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