GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — Governor Jared Polis says Colorado is experiencing the biggest rise in coronavirus since late-May, and on Friday, the state released it’s distribution plan for a COVID vaccine once it’s approved.
On October 14th, President Trump said, “under my leadership we will have a safe an effective vaccine before the end of the year.” Although there are a handful of COVID-19 vaccines in late-stage testing trials, the CDC does not anticipate that a safe and effective vaccine for the entire US population will be ready by the end of 2020. Further, on Friday, October 16th, Governor Polis said, “we don’t have a safe and effective vaccine today. We will not have one tomorrow or next week.” However, Governor Polis hopes Colorado will be approved for emergency use of a COVID vaccine as soon as late-November. Still, that does not mean the vaccine will be widely available at that time.
Once the vaccine is approved, Colorado’s plan for distribution is broken down into phases, and high risk individuals are set to get the vaccine first. Those individuals are hospital staff, first responders, and people working or living in nursing homes. Still, Governor Polis says the state’s distribution plan can change as the positive COVID cases change and a higher quantity of vaccines become available.
However, if the vaccine was approved and available for the general public as of today, a recent poll shows that only about 50% of American would get it, and in the Grand Valley, once the vaccine is officially approved and available, some locals want it and others do not.
Some people who do not want to get the COVID vaccine say it is due to their fear of rushed science, and other says their younger age plays a role in their decision not to get one. Grayson Timon, a local Grand Junction resident, says for those 18-years old to about 25 years old, “the death rate is so low that I don’t see a need to get or want it.”
However, there are other people in the Grand Valley who say those who will forgo the vaccine because of age are acting selfish. Troy Ollson says, “it’s not about you. I’m young, but some other people aren’t young that are going to get affected by it. So I feel it is my public duty as a young person to protect other people.”
In addition, there are people who are choosing to get vaccinated because they want their family to be safe. Once available, Brandon Lopez plans on getting the COVID vaccine because he says, “I work around a lot of people everyday, and when I come home to my son and my wife, I don’t want to get them sick.”
Regardless of the differing decisions about the vaccine, many people believe everyone can make their own choices about whether to get the vaccine or not.