Colorado ranks sixteenth in U.S for COVID vaccination rate
This week, Colorado surpassed a total of 4 million people vaccinated for COVID-19. This puts the state above the national average of 66% and at a ranking of sixteenth among U.S. states for COVID vaccination rates. The increased uptake in vaccines comes at a critical and uncertain point in the pandemic. With a new, highly transmissible variant of the virus spreading across the state and nation, many health officials are concerned about the lack of tools and strategies being enforced to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 as we head into the summer.
Children under age 5 remain ineligible for the vaccine, although Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval could be coming soon. A timetable released last month revealed that June 8 is the earliest the FDA will present data to advisers for their recommendation moving forward. The authorization and approval of these vaccines will be critical for families with young children, especially those who have faced significant child care disruptions due to the impact of COVID-19 in child care centers.
Increasing vaccination plays a significant role in combatting both the spread of COVID-19 and avoiding its potential and dangerous complications. Vaccination also helps prevent the development of new and more dangerous COVID-19 variants that could impact us all. There are a variety of ways to seek out a COVID-19 vaccination appointment for both you and your children. Resources to help you find a COVID-19 vaccine for your child are listed below:
- Pediatric clinics across the state are now offering the vaccine to children 5-11. Find upcoming clinics for kids here.
- Some retail pharmacies, including CVS and Walgreens, are now taking pediatric vaccination appointments. Find a pharmacy appointment near you here.
- Since Nov. 6, all mobile vaccination clinics offer vaccines for children 5-11. Find an appointment at a mobile vaccination clinic near you here.
- Dozens of county providers now take appointments for children 5-11. Find the updated list of providers and their contact information for scheduling here.