COVID-19 Vaccine uptake continues to remain critical for Colorado’s future
Especially as schools look to reopen for in-person learning next fall, Covid-19 vaccine uptake will play a significant role in children’s return to the classroom, parents’ return to the workplace, and improved well-being among all families. While Colorado has seen significant first-dose vaccination rates, concerns have been raised around the number of individuals returning for second doses. Recently, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) stated that 62,748 Coloradans have not received their second Covid vaccine.
Vaccine uptake, and especially receiving both doses of Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, remains as important as ever. Already, counties with increased vaccination rates have seen declining Covid numbers. In these communities, transmission is expected to drop off sharply, whereas the opposite could occur in parts of the state with low vaccine uptake.
A major concern also remains around equitable distribution of vaccines. Existing disparities and difficulties with access are largely due to the longstanding systems and policies that have deliberately created numerous barriers to health care access in our nation, especially for people of color and families with low incomes. In order to ensure that all communities are able to fully recover from the fallout of the pandemic, it is critical that these gaps are addressed in the coming weeks.
In an effort to combat some of these issues, Governor Jared Polis recently announced that all six mass vaccination sites will no longer require appointments. It is crucial that our state continues along its path to herd immunity, and in doing so, we can ensure a healthier, happier, and stronger economic future for kids and families in Colorado. Find your vaccine here.