5/29/21

Today, the State of Colorado announced that more than three million Coloradans, more than 60.7% of those eligible, have been vaccinated with at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, with more than 2.5 million people fully immunized.

 

“We’ve successfully protected more than half our state from this deadly virus and I’m proud of the work so many Coloradans have put into reaching this milestone,” said Governor Jared Polis. “We’ve all hoped for the day when we can take off our mask, hug friends and family, and enjoy the sunshine — this vaccine makes it possible. Each person who gets vaccinated makes our community safer.”

5/28/21

As part of Governor Polis’ Vaccines for All efforts, the State of Colorado is allocating vaccines to community-based organizations. All of these clinics focus on vaccinating underserved Coloradans and span a variety of diverse communities. 

 

“These are some of the many community partners who have helped us to distribute the vaccine during the past few months,” said Governor Jared Polis. “I want to thank them for their hard work delivering this lifesaving vaccine to Coloradans across our state.”

 

We encourage everyone interested in an appointment to check availability with each organization and schedule an appointment in advance. 

 

FRIDAY, MAY 28

 

Saunders Construction

“The safety and health of our employees, job sites and communities are top priorities of Saunders Construction. As an essential business providing construction services across the State of Colorado, it is vital to ensure our personnel and partners have convenient access to the vaccine. This is especially important, as we employ a diverse workforce, many of whom are included as at-risk communities. We are thankful for the opportunity to collaborate with CDPHE and the Governor’s Office to host a vaccine clinic,” said Brad Marsh, Saunders Vice President of Safety and Human Resources.

 

Wednesday, June 2

 

The Fax Partnership

“We’ve been embedded in the East Colfax Community for 17 years, working to support and increase equity for our residents and businesses. COVID-19 hit our community particularly hard, so we looked for ways to ease that burden—including hosting easy-to-access vaccine clinics, coupled with food donations. We were thrilled to administer 60 vaccines and provide 100 boxes of food to our community at our May clinic, and look forward to hosting another vaccine clinic on Wednesday, June 2,” said Monica Martinez, Executive Director of The Fax Partnership.

 

View photos from previous events here.

 

Thursday, June 3

 

Concorde Career College

“Concorde Career College Aurora was thrilled and honored to host several Pop-up Equity clinics  on the campus to administer the Moderna vaccine. This was an ideal way to provide our students with a unique healthcare training opportunity while fulfilling one of our school’s core values of community service. Concorde is fortunate to be a valued contributor to the health care of the Aurora/Denver metropolitan area while educating the next generation of nurses, medical assistant students and other healthcare specialists. COVID has given our students a very clear vision of their purpose whether they are Respiratory Therapists on the front lines, nurses or medical assistants who have led the charge of administering vaccinations on campus and in scores of community clinics,” said Dr. Thomas Wicke, President of Concorde Career College, Aurora.

 

View photos from previous events here.

 

Iglesia Nueva Vida

“As a Hispanic church, we want to be a place where people find grace, belonging, and the help that they need to flourish in life. We are grateful for the opportunity to partner with our city and serve as a vaccine clinic in order to serve our community, to love our neighbors, and to keep us moving forward as a fully open and thriving city,” said Pastor Jeremias Tamarez

5/27/21

Governor Polis extended an Executive Order ordering expedited unemployment insurance claim processing to provide relief to Coloradans impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, Governor Polis extended an Executive Order temporarily suspending statutes to maintain eligibility for Medicaid and Children’s Basic Health Plan enrollees, increasing the Medicaid home health workforce, and eliminating cost-sharing for COVID-19 testing and treatment.

5/26/21

Today, Governor Jared Polis announced that Colorado’s mobile vaccine clinics have delivered more than 10,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine to residents across the state, the majority of them in rural or hard-to-reach communities.

 

“This is an amazing accomplishment. I want to thank the healthcare workers who have crossed our state to bring this vaccine to Coloradans everywhere from Alamosa to Yuma,”

said Governor Jared Polis. “Our mobile clinics make it easy to access this incredible feat of modern science that saves lives and gets us on the path to the Colorado Comeback.”

 

Information about upcoming mobile clinics can be found at www.mobilevax.us/clinics. While clinics do accept walk-ins, appointments are still recommended.

 

Yesterday, Governor Polis announced “Colorado Comeback Cash Vaccine Drawing,”where vaccinated Coloradans will have the opportunity to win $1 million, for a total of $5 million in prizes given out. Each week, for five weeks, one winner will be selected. Winners will be announced on June 4, June 11, June 18, June 25, with the final winner being announced on July 7. Coloradans must be vaccinated by June 30 to qualify to win on July 7. This public health initiative is being hosted in partnership with the Colorado Department of Revenue (DOR), Colorado Lottery, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE).

5/25/21

Today, Governor Jared Polis announced that Colorado’s mobile vaccine clinics have delivered more than 10,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine to residents across the state, the majority of them in rural or hard-to-reach communities.

 

“This is an amazing accomplishment. I want to thank the healthcare workers who have crossed our state to bring this vaccine to Coloradans everywhere from Alamosa to Yuma,”

said Governor Jared Polis. “Our mobile clinics make it easy to access this incredible feat of modern science that saves lives and gets us on the path to the Colorado Comeback.”

 

Information about upcoming mobile clinics can be found at www.mobilevax.us/clinics. While clinics do accept walk-ins, appointments are still recommended.

 

Yesterday, Governor Polis announced “Colorado Comeback Cash Vaccine Drawing,”where vaccinated Coloradans will have the opportunity to win $1 million, for a total of $5 million in prizes given out. Each week, for five weeks, one winner will be selected. Winners will be announced on June 4, June 11, June 18, June 25, with the final winner being announced on July 7. Coloradans must be vaccinated by June 30 to qualify to win on July 7. This public health initiative is being hosted in partnership with the Colorado Department of Revenue (DOR), Colorado Lottery, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE).

In an effort to get even more Coloradans vaccinated, Governor Jared Polis today announced the Colorado Comeback Cash Vaccine Drawing, where vaccinated Coloradans will have the opportunity to win $1 million, for a total of $5 million in prizes given out. Each week, for five weeks, one winner will be selected. Winners will be announced on June 4, June 11, June 18, June 25, with the final winner being announced on July 7. Coloradans must be vaccinated by June 30 to qualify to win on July 7. This public health initiative is being hosted in partnership with the Colorado Department of Revenue (DOR), Colorado Lottery, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE).

 

“Isn’t it wonderful to be giving out $1 million dollar prizes along with protection against the Coronavirus!,” said Governor Jared Polis. “I hope this exciting public health initiative encourages even more Coloradans to get vaccinated now, and for those who have already taken this important step, you’re already eligible to win the big prize. This isn’t just about the money, but about getting more Coloradans the protection they need from this deadly virus so we can put this pandemic behind us and power the Colorado comeback.” 

 

This public health initiative is similar to Maryland’s procedures, and will be based on the COVID-19 vaccine records contained in the Colorado Immunization Information System (CIIS).  The State of Colorado consulted with the Attorney General’s Office on the design of this drawing. Coloradans who have received at least one dose of the vaccine are automatically entered to win. 

 

If a Coloradan is selected to win the one million dollar cash prize, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and the Colorado Lottery will reach out to verify eligibility. 

 

To be eligible to win, a person must:

  • Live in the State of Colorado.

  • Be at least 18 years of age. 

  • Not be an administrator of the Colorado Immunization Information System, a Colorado Lottery employee conducting the drawing, an auditor certifying the drawing, the Governor of the State of Colorado, the Lt. Governor of the State of Colorado or the Senior Director of the Colorado Lottery. 

  • Have received at least the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine if receiving the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or one dose if receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccines.

  • Have not already won.

  • Have signed and submitted all required documentation and releases as part of the claims process by the deadlines identified in the drawing procedures.

 

The prize money is being paid for with federal funds given to the state of Colorado to increase vaccine uptake. 

 

For more information, please read the Frequently Asked Questions and the official rules. Coloradans can also visit ColoradoComebackCash.com and LaVacunaDelMillon.com to learn more about the drawing. 

5/24/21

Today, Governor Jared Polis joined legislative leadership, members of the Joint Budget Committee, and members of Colorado’s federal delegation and State Treasurer Dave Young to announce how the state will use federal funds from the American Rescue Plan Act to power the Colorado Comeback. 

 

“We must seize this once in a generation opportunity to use state stimulus funds to invigorate our economy and help our state recover faster and stronger, while at the same time making critical investments that will better our state for future generations of Coloradans,” said Governor Jared Polis. “And now, we have an opportunity to build on those investments with federal dollars from the American Rescue Plan Act. This package is the product of a truly collaborative effort from the federal to the state and local levels, and will power the Colorado comeback.”

 

“This is an important step to helping those Coloradans who have been hardest hit over the last year, including those who have suffered with mental, substance use disorders, and behavioral health challenges worsened by the pandemic. These funds will be critical to providing much needed services, to help Coloradans and our communities build back stronger,” said Lt. Governor Dianne Primavera. 

 

“With thousands of people across our state still out of work, and many more families still struggling to make ends meet, the help that’s coming our way as a result of the American Rescue Plan couldn’t come soon enough,” said U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO). “This funding will help families and businesses alike. It will put money in people’s pockets and shots in their arms. And it will keep people in their homes, get them back to work, and help us build a foundation to build back even better than we were before.”

 

“The American Rescue Plan delivered exactly what our country needed and will help ensure a strong and successful recovery for all Coloradans. Like much of the COVID response, much of our recovery will take place at the local and state level, and I applaud Governor Polis’ and the Legislature for their leadership in ensuring the American Rescue Plan funding is put to good use to help communities across our state recover and build back better,” said U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter. 

 

“The COVID-19 pandemic has devastated families, workers, and small businesses across Colorado in so many different ways,” said Congressman Jason Crow. “With President Biden’s leadership, we fought hard to pass the American Rescue Plan and bring home billions in aid for Colorado. We’re already seeing the benefits of this investment with shots in arms and money in Americans’ pockets. I’m proud to work with Governor Polis and our statehouse partners as we build back an even stronger Colorado.”

 

“With passage of the American Rescue Plan help is here, for Colorado families and communities, for workers and small business owners. Families across our state have already received relief checks, small business owners are finding support through grants and loans, and many more are seeing help through direct housing assistance and nutrition assistance. After our successful efforts to secure direct local and state funding in this plan, our communities will now see even more direct support. I am so grateful for the work of our Mayors, the work of Governor Polis and our state legislature to ensure we get these funds into the hands of Coloradans who need it most. We know our communities have faced unprecedented challenges over the last 15 months, asking Colorado families to weather this moment alone was simply never an option,” said Congressman Joe Neguse. 

 

“Today, state and federal lawmakers joined Governor Polis to outline a responsible framework to spend American Rescue Plan Act dollars in a way that is as precise and effective as possible,” said Speaker Alec Garnett, D-Denver. “We listened to the ideas community leaders shared during the statewide listening tour, which has led us to a multi-pronged approach. We’ll use some of the relief funds this legislative session to fortify our state budget, and this summer, we’ll set up a bipartisan process to really dive in and craft bold ideas that will power the Colorado Comeback and help our state build back stronger.” 

 

“Even though Colorado’s economy is rebounding, too many of our neighbors across the state are still struggling to fix what the pandemic has broken. Thanks to unprecedented funds coming to Colorado from the American Rescue Plan, we can make historic investments in the communities hit the hardest,” said President Leroy Garcia, D-Pueblo. “By taking the ideas we learned during our statewide listening tour and using an interim committee to give us the strongest recommendations, we can ensure that the remainder of Colorado’s ARPA dollars are available to help the small businesses, industries, and families who have been hit the hardest by COVID-19.” 

 

“Thanks to President Biden and our federal delegation, we have a tremendous opportunity to build back stronger and make truly transformative, once in a generation change for the people of Colorado,” said House Majority Leader Daneya Esgar, D-Pueblo. “The investments we plan to make in workforce development and skills training will connect students with new options for postsecondary education and increase funding for effective programs that provide workers with the tools they need to thrive and fill good jobs. By making strategic investments in hardworking Coloradans, we will put these federal stimulus funds to use to boost our economy and ensure every part of our state is set up for success.”

 

“After COVID laid bare the fragility of access and availability in our housing market, we knew we needed to do more to get struggling Coloradans into supportive, affordable homes,” said Majority Leader Steve Fenberg, D-Boulder. “With this once-in-a-lifetime federal stimulus funding we are in a position to make historic investments in equitable housing – providing opportunities for all Coloradans to establish intergenerational wealth and long term prosperity.”

 

“Today is truly a day of celebration. After more than a year of hardship and struggle, we are entering a new chapter of recovery and growth” said JBC Chair, Senator Dominick Moreno, D-Commerce City. “With these once-in-a-generation funds, we will revitalize our community pillars and recharge our economy – laying the foundation for a stronger, more resilient Colorado.“

 

“Today is an exciting and historic day for Colorado,” said JBC Vice Chair Julie McCluskie, D-Dillon. “With these federal funds, we’ll not only be able to invest in stimulative projects that help our economy bounce back stronger, but we’ll also put about a billion dollars into fortifying our budget to guarantee years of stability and fiscal integrity. As our state recovers, this funding will ensure we have the resources we need to avoid cuts to critical state services that Coloradans in every corner of our state need.”

“One year ago, we were learning just how deep and devastating the economic recession from COVID-19 would be, and today, I am so hopeful for the future of this state,“ said JBC member Chris Hansen, D-Denver. ”These funds are going to accelerate Colorado’s economic recovery, and this carefully crafted plan based on months of stakeholder work will ensure the relief is targeted and as effective as possible.”

 

“This framework makes historic investments in mental health, provides businesses the relief they need to grow and create jobs, and stabilizes our budget to bolster the critical services people rely on,” said JBC Member Rep. Leslie Herod, D-Denver. “American Rescue Plan dollars will help to usher in a more equitable recovery where those who have been hit the hardest by the pandemic share in the comeback and economic growth.”

 

“These funds create opportunities and move Colorado forward,” said Colorado State Treasurer Dave Young. “They offer Coloradans an unprecedented opportunity to address acute needs in the areas of affordable housing and mental health, to strengthen and protect our state budget for the long haul, and to focus on critical needs related to economic justice. They’ll enable us to protect long term budget priorities and lift up working families across Colorado.”

 

With the $3.8 billion of state aid provided by the American Rescue Plan Act (Fiscal Recovery Funds), the Governor and Colorado legislature are rolling out the roadmap of investments designed to power the Colorado Comeback. 

 

A top priority for the state aid provided by the American Rescue Plan Act will be to shore up the state budget for the near term through a series of budget integrity measures, so as the Coloradans are recovering from this global pandemic, the state can avoid cuts to critical state services such as funding for K-12 schools, higher education, existing mental and behavioral and physical health programs, and the ongoing public health response to COVID-19. That’s why a full third or $1.3 billion of the federal relief funds will be invested in ensuring budget integrity for the next several years.

 

Of the $3.8 billion in federal funds:

  • $1 billion will go toward fortifying the state budget and maintaining fiscal integrity

  • $300 million will go towards Colorado’s ongoing response to the COVID pandemic

  • Between $400-$550 million will go towards affordable housing and homeownership efforts

  • Between $400-$550 million towards mental and behavioral health programs 

  • Approximately $200 million towards workforce development and education 

  • Approximately $817 million will be for economic recovery and relief

  • $404- $414 million for transportation and infrastructure, and parks and agriculture 

 

Colorado expects to spend $2 billion of the state’s total $3.8 billion in federal funds this legislative session. An estimated $1.8 billion in federal funds will remain for deployment at the beginning of the next legislative session following an Interim stakeholder process, enabling resources to be targeted to changing needs in the economy that may evolve in the coming months.

 

These federal funds will further strengthen Colorado’s work to make the state’s economy even stronger post-pandemic. Through the Colorado Recovery Plan unveiled in March, the state has already invested roughly $800 million of state funds to help Coloradans recover faster. State stimulus funds are already focused on strengthening small businesses, revitalizing Colorado’s infrastructure, supporting families, investing in rural communities, and developing the state’s workforce. 

 

To view the roadmap, click here

5/23/21

Governor Polis took action in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

 

Governor Polis extended an Executive Order concerning juvenile justice. 

5/20/21

Today, Governor Jared Polis provided an update on the COVID-19 pandemic and vaccination efforts in Colorado, particularly vaccinations among younger people. The Governor was joined by State Epidemiologist Dr. Rachel Herlihy, Colorado’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Eric France, and Dr. Suchitra Rao, Children’s Hospital Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialist at Children’s Hospital Colorado and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado. 

 

“We all have a role to play in protecting our children. If your child is age 12 and up, make a plan to protect them today,” said Governor Jared Polis. “If not, there are steps you can take to ensure they are not put at risk for contracting the virus. With vaccinations widely available in Colorado, make sure to get yourself protected and continue wearing a mask if you have not. Together we can put this pandemic behind us, but we need Coloradans to roll up their sleeves and get the lifesaving vaccine. It’s not only about your health, but the health of your closest family and friends.”

 

Adolescents 12-15 years old just became eligible for the Pfizer vaccine last week, and 11% of that age group has already been vaccinated with one dose. 44% of persons 16 - 29 and 66% of persons 30 and older have also received one dose. Overall, 57% of eligible Coloradans have received one dose. 

 

“Vaccines are the most effective way to prevent spread among young people at school or summer camps. It’s why we are asking parents to get eligible children vaccinated. The data is clear that this vaccine is the best way to avoid getting the virus,” said Dr. Rachel Herlihy, State Epidemiologist.

 

In an effort to get even more vaccines into communities across the state, Colorado is working directly with primary care providers to enroll them in the state’s COVID-19 vaccine provider program. Primary care providers everywhere in Colorado can enroll today as a vaccine provider and start providing the COVID-19 vaccine to patients and their families, while discussing the benefits and safety. Interested providers should email cdphe_covidvax@state.co.us for more registration, enrollment, and onboarding information. 

 

“I understand that many Coloradans still have questions about the vaccine and whether they should get it, but far and away, the vaccine is the most effective way to protect yourself and your family,” said Dr. Eric France, Chief Medical Officer. “That’s why we want to ensure we are breaking down information barriers that might prevent folks from getting the vaccine.”

 

“The COVID-19 vaccine was shown not only to be 100% effective in children 12-15 years of age, but also very safe,” said Dr. Suchitra Rao, pediatric infectious disease specialist at Children’s Hospital Colorado and associate professor of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine on the Anschutz Medical Campus. “There were no serious safety concerns, only mild effects such as headache, chills, muscle pain, similar to what was seen in adults. This is really exciting news that we can now provide our tweens and teens a safe and highly effective vaccine that can do a lot of good not just for the individual receiving the vaccine, but helps make life safer for families and our community.”  

5/15/21

Governor Polis took action in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

 

Governor Polis extended an Executive Order related to the protection of tenants from eviction during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in Colorado.

 

Under the Executive Order, tenants have a 30-day period to cure any default for nonpayment of rent. This Executive Order expires 14 days from the date it is issued. 

5/14/21

Today, Governor Jared Polis shared Colorado’s new mask guidelines, following yesterday’s announcement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

 

“If you have been fully vaccinated, the pandemic is largely over for you, and you can now resume your activities without a mask,” said Governor Jared Polis. “This is the day we have been waiting for. If you haven’t yet been vaccinated, you should continue to wear a mask in public indoor spaces. I hope the fun of an unmasked future incentivizes those who have yet to get the vaccine to do so.”

 

The new mask Executive Order encourages any individual aged 11 and older, who is not fully vaccinated, to continue wearing a mask indoors where members of different households are present. Fully vaccinated individuals can go without masks in almost all settings. Masks are still required in certain settings, including in schools for unvaccinated students, teachers, and staff, as well as other settings which are laid out in the Executive Order. For additional information pertaining to the new guidance, please view the FAQ document here.

 

Earlier in the day, the Governor visited a vaccine clinic hosted onsite at a UPS distribution facility as part of Colorado’s Workplace Vaccination Program. He was joined by Shoshana Lew, Executive Director, Colorado Department of Transportation.

 

“Throughout the pandemic, our delivery workers have helped keep our state and our country running. They themselves have delivered the lifesaving vaccine all over the world,” said Governor Polis. “Bringing the vaccine to their workplace makes it easy for them to take care of themselves and their families. We want getting the vaccine to be as easy as showing up for work, which is why we’re pleased to power the comeback by offering businesses of all sizes the opportunity to host on-site vaccination events for employees, friends, and family.”

Colorado has partnered with businesses and associations including JBS, Cargill, USPS, Durango BID, the Colorado Restaurant Association, Costco Business Center, Saunders Construction, King Soopers, and Colorado Potato Growers to provide onsite vaccination clinics. Together, the state and various employers have vaccinated thousands of Coloradans, making it convenient for employees and companies to create a safer work environment. Employers can sign up to host a clinic at atworkvaccinations.com, where they can request an onsite clinic or other options, including a mobile bus or blocks of appointments at local public health agencies. 

The state’s comprehensive vaccination efforts include six large-scale community vaccination sites, more than 200 vaccine clinics held in partnership with community organizations, four mobile vaccine buses, and the at work vaccine program. 

Gov. Polis Announces New Mask Guidelines, Visits UPS Vaccine Clinic

DENVER - Today, Governor Jared Polis shared Colorado’s new mask guidelines, following yesterday’s announcement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

“If you have been fully vaccinated, the pandemic is largely over for you, and you can now resume your activities without a mask,” said Governor Jared Polis. “This is the day we have been waiting for. If you haven’t yet been vaccinated, you should continue to wear a mask in public indoor spaces. I hope the fun of an unmasked future incentivizes those who have yet to get the vaccine to do so.”

The new mask Executive Order encourages any individual aged 11 and older, who is not fully vaccinated, to continue wearing a mask indoors where members of different households are present. Fully vaccinated individuals can go without masks in almost all settings. Masks are still required in certain settings, including in schools for unvaccinated students, teachers, and staff, as well as other settings which are laid out in the Executive Order. For additional information pertaining to the new guidance, please view the FAQ document here.

 

Earlier in the day, the Governor visited a vaccine clinic hosted onsite at a UPS distribution facility as part of Colorado’s Workplace Vaccination Program. He was joined by Shoshana Lew, Executive Director, Colorado Department of Transportation.

 

“Throughout the pandemic, our delivery workers have helped keep our state and our country running. They themselves have delivered the lifesaving vaccine all over the world,” said Governor Polis. “Bringing the vaccine to their workplace makes it easy for them to take care of themselves and their families. We want getting the vaccine to be as easy as showing up for work, which is why we’re pleased to power the comeback by offering businesses of all sizes the opportunity to host on-site vaccination events for employees, friends, and family.”

 

Colorado has partnered with businesses and associations including JBS, Cargill, USPS, Durango BID, the Colorado Restaurant Association, Costco Business Center, Saunders Construction, King Soopers, and Colorado Potato Growers to provide onsite vaccination clinics. Together, the state and various employers have vaccinated thousands of Coloradans, making it convenient for employees and companies to create a safer work environment. Employers can sign up to host a clinic at atworkvaccinations.com, where they can request an onsite clinic or other options, including a mobile bus or blocks of appointments at local public health agencies. 

 

The state’s comprehensive vaccination efforts include six large-scale community vaccination sites, more than 200 vaccine clinics held in partnership with community organizations, four mobile vaccine buses, and the at work vaccine program. 

 

Colorado recently celebrated a milestone in its efforts to vaccinate the population with the lifesaving COVID-19 vaccines, crossing the threshold of more than 5 million total doses administered. As of Wednesday, May 12, all Coloradans aged 12 and up are eligible to be vaccinated. Individuals 12 and older are eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine, and those 18 and older are also eligible to receive the Moderna or Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine. 

 

To find a vaccination site, visit covid19.colorado.gov/vaccine/where-you-can-get-vaccinated.

As part of Governor Polis’ Vaccines for All efforts, the State of Colorado is allocating vaccines to community-based organizations. All of these clinics focus on vaccinating underserved Coloradans and span a variety of diverse communities. 

 

“The best way to power Colorado’s comeback is to continue our strong efforts to vaccinate all Coloradans who want it. Because of our community partners, we’re able to meet Coloradans in diverse communities across our state to provide the safe, free lifesaving vaccine that is our ticket back to a thriving economy and the Colorado we know and love,” said Governor Jared Polis. 

 

We encourage everyone interested in an appointment to check availability with each organization and schedule an appointment in advance. 

 

FRIDAY, MAY 14

Housing Now

“The Salvation Army and Housing Now Program are happy to announce that we have established a Vaccination Clinic for anyone who wants to get the Pfizer vaccine on Friday, May 14, 2021, from the hours of 9am-5pm.  We have invited those who have registered to give them the opportunity to get their shots free of charge in a convenient and safe environment.  We are distributing the first shot on Friday, May 14th and the second shot will be scheduled for the next clinic available in 3 weeks on Friday, June 4th.   We are providing this clinic to educate and distribute vaccinations in efforts to get as many of those as we can to be vaccinated.  This vaccination clinic will take place at The Salvation Army Housing Now Program located at 2821 W 65th Place, Westminster, CO 80221,” said Angela Watson, Program Assistant at Housing Now and Alex Andrews, Director of Volunteer Engagement at 9Health Fair.

 

 

Health District of Northern Larimer County/Homeward Alliance/Fort Collins Rescue Mission/Catholic Charities

“For more than a year, the COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately impacted people experiencing homelessness, further casting aside an already-marginalized population. The ability to administer vaccines is nothing short of a miracle: a jolt of hope and joy for our guests, volunteers, staff and other service providers. We are proud to be a part of this vaccination collaborative and eager to help people who are homeless move forward with their lives--and find homes of their own,” said Taylor Kelley, Health Initiatives Director, Homeward Alliance.

Link to photos by Health District of Northern Larimer County/Homeward Alliance/Fort Collins Rescue Mission/Catholic Charities

 

Psquared Medicals, Inc TKS Pharmacy

“TKS Pharmacy and wellness prides itself on being the bridge that gaps the community and the physician’s office. We made it our number one priority to get the COVID-19 vaccines to people that wanted one. We went as far as to hosting clinics at companies for the employees that could not leave to get vaccinated. In addition, we partnered with Denver Public Health as well as the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to host Covid-19 Vaccine clinics, making the vaccine available to all. Our doors are still open to walk-ins or scheduled appointments on our website at tksrx.com.  We hope that our efforts will push us all towards a brighter future.  We believe that “Health is wealth” and a healthy individual makes a healthy society,” said  Dr. Alice Soremekun, CEO/Pharmacy Manager of TKS Pharmacy.

 

SATURDAY, MAY 15

Coal Creek Canyon Improvement Association

“The CCCIA is so glad to be able to provide this opportunity to our neighbors, especially those newly eligible folks ages 12 and up and our friends that aren’t able to get down to the city. The whole Coal Creek community is excited to emerge from this pandemic together,” said Chris Passarelli, Board Member.

 

Bridges of Opportunity/ Puentes de Oportunidad

“Bridges of Opportunity is one of several local organizations that have been working in collaboration to provide equity for the Covid vaccines to Lafayette.  But ‘bridges of opportunity’ also describes our work. We want to bridge the opportunity gap of language, income or the digital divide that have been a hurdle for certain populations in Lafayette.  We want to make sure everyone has correct information so they can make sound decisions as well as equal access to the vaccines. We are hosting this clinic on a Saturday (May 22) in a local park with no requirements of preregistration to make it easy for anyone who may have still missed this opportunity.  Because we are providing the Pfizer vaccine this enables more of our young people to get the vaccine as well. We want this event not to feel like going to a doctor but a fiesta with music, food trucks and information in other services to teens and families.  We know the vaccine itself is a bridge of opportunity to get back to enjoying the summer with friends and family,” said Andy McCullough, Executive Director. 

Link to photos by Bridges of Opportunity

 

Ciudad de Dios Foursquare Church

"At Ciudad de Dios Church, we are glad to collaborate with Governor Polis in reaching the Spanish community with equal opportunities for vaccination. We believe that we are as healthy as all of us are. Together we can do this!" said Guillermo Puppo Ph.D., Senior Pastor at Ciudad de Dios.

Link to photos by Ciudad de Dios Foursquare Church

 

Calvary Bible Church- Boulder Campus

“Calvary Bible Church is excited for the opportunity to love our neighbors by hosting Vaccines for All clinics at our campuses in Boulder, Erie, and Thornton! As COVID-19 vaccines are made available to those 16 years and older we do not want to lose any vulnerable or underrepresented individuals. By working with our community partners we hope to help provide access to EVERYONE in our surrounding communities. We look forward to people again being able to live in full relationship with each other and hope these clinics help play a role in that restoration,” said Mark Wicks, Director of Creative Arts.

 

Celebration Community Church

“Hosting a Pop-Up Equity Clinic at our church has been a wonderful experience for those who volunteered as well as the 284 people who came to receive their vaccination.  From the 80-year-old neighbors without email or internet, to the 20-something immigrant working at a nearby car wash, we were thrilled to have this opportunity to serve our community. We look forward to seeing them again when they return for their 2nd dose later this month,” said Beth Killebrew, volunteer.

Link to photos by Celebration Community Church

 

SUNDAY, MAY 16

Mongolian School of Colorado 

“The Mongolian School of Colorado has been run by volunteers since 2006. We truly appreciate the opportunity to offer this free clinic to our fellow Colorado-Mongolians. Thank you, Governor Polis, please accept our gratitude for all the professionals, volunteers, and infrastructure you built around providing COVID vaccinations.” said Emma Schwarz, volunteer.

Link to photo by Mongolian School of Colorado

 

St. Lawrence Korean Catholic Church

"One of my biggest priorities is partnering with historically underserved populations to champion vaccine access. It has been a pleasure to work with the St. Lawrence Korean Catholic Church and the CDPHE to vaccinate Aurora's vibrant immigrant and Asian communities." said Rep. Naquetta Ricks.

Link to photos by St. Lawrence Korean Catholic Church

 

 

THURSDAY, MAY 20

Village Exchange Center 

“It has been an honor working together with the Governor’s Office in bringing the vaccine to the area of Colfax and Havana in Aurora, Colorado, where many families and individuals thought they would be left out in having access to the vaccine. Thanks to the efforts of the governor's office, we have had the ability to educate and vaccinate about 200-250 people on a weekly basis here at our community center at Village Exchange Center.” said José Gómez, Natural Helpers Coordinator.  

5/13/21

Governor Polis took action in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

 

Governor Polis extended an Executive Order related to marriage licenses. He also amended and extended the Executive Order pertaining to the State’s disaster declaration due to COVID-19 in Colorado. The Executive Order repays borrowing from state reserves used to support the state’s COVID-19 response and reallocates existing funds for COVID-19 response. These actions are made possible by the receipt of new awards from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for public health expenses

5/12/21

Governor Polis took action in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Governor Polis extended an Executive Order temporarily suspending certain regulatory statutes due to the presence of COVID-19. 

5/11/21

Governor Polis took action in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Governor Polis extended an Executive Order directing the Colorado Division of Insurance to enact a rule regarding rates for COVID-19 vaccine administration. 

Today, Governor Jared Polis provided an update on the COVID-19 pandemic and vaccination efforts in Colorado. 

 

“It’s easier than ever before to get the life-saving vaccine, Colorado. You can stop by your closest drive-thru or walk-up clinic, pharmacy or at the community center down the road. It’s easy, it’s free, and most importantly, this vaccine is highly effective at protecting your health and the health of the people you love most,” said Governor Jared Polis. “We all have an important role to play in revving up Colorado’s economy and getting back to normal. To make that possible, it’s important that Coloradans take the opportunity to roll up their sleeves and get this vaccine. It’s free and convenient.” 

 

Colorado has made tremendous progress in protecting the state’s most vulnerable populations from this virus. Currently, 76% of Coloradans aged 70 and up are fully vaccinated, while over 85% of Coloradans in that age group have received at least one dose of the vaccine. For Coloradans aged 60 to 69, over 63% of this population is fully vaccinated. These two sectors have represented the majority of Colorado’s COVID-19 related hospitalizations and deaths throughout this pandemic. 

 

Colorado is committed to ensuring that everyone who wants the vaccine can easily get one at no cost. To do that, the state has deployed a variety of tactics to meet Coloradans where they are, including six Community Vaccinations Sites in Adams, Denver, El Paso, Larimer, Mesa, and Pueblo counties. Colorado has also formed the Vaccine Equity Outreach Team to bring the vaccine to disproportionately impacted Coloradans through regional clinics that serve hard-to-reach populations. Through the Vaccine Equity Outreach Team, Colorado has stood up approximately 1,250 first and second-dose clinics, including mobile vaccine clinics in over 30 counties. Multiple mobile vaccine buses running throughout the state have delivered over 5,800 doses. In total, the mobile vaccine busses combined with other equity-based clinics have administered over 350,000 doses to underserved Coloradans. 

More than 80 stops along these five mobile vaccination routes are scheduled through the end of May, with plans to continue adding stops based on community needs. To find a mobile vaccine bus near you, visit mobilevax.us/clinics

 

Colorado is also working closely with a variety of health providers across the state to make it easy for Coloradans to get the COVID vaccine at their next doctor’s appointment. Coloradans can find the closest vaccine provider near them by visiting cocovidvaccine.org or dialing 1-877-CO VAX CO (1-877-268-2926).

 

Employers, schools, and other organizations can also arrange to have a vaccine clinic set up at a worksite to vaccinate employees, students, and other members through the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Employers interested in coordinating a vaccine clinic for free with the state can go to: atworkvaccinations.com to schedule a clinic. 

 

Dr. Rachel Herlihy, State Epidemiologist, also joined Governor Polis to share an update on Colorado’s plans to deliver the Pfizer vaccine to children aged 12 to 15 following the FDA approval. 

 

“Youth are currently accounting for more new cases in the state as many older Coloradans have already taken the opportunity to receive the vaccine. In fact, the highest case rates are among middle school and high school students in the state,” said Dr. Rachel Herlihy, State Epidemiologist. “Access to the vaccine will help protect younger Coloradans as they go to school and return to a more normal life.”

 

Colorado expects to start administering the vaccine to 12 to 15-year-olds as soon as this week once the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices gives the final approval needed to administer the vaccine to this age group. ACIP is scheduled to meet May, 12 to make a final decision. 

5/7/21

As part of Governor Jared Polis’ Vaccines for All efforts and in partnership with the University of Colorado Boulder (CU Boulder), students and community members near the CU Boulder campus will have the opportunity to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. CU students, faculty, and staff will be required to receive the COVID-19 vaccine before the fall semester, as announced by the CU system. 

Gov. Polis released the following statement in response to the FDA’s decision to authorize the use of the Pfizer vaccine for 12-15-year-olds pending approval by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.

 

“I am thrilled that, thanks to the FDA’s decision, all Coloradans ages 12-15 are one step closer to being eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. For younger Coloradans, this doesn’t just mean getting much-needed protection from this disease, it also means even safer classrooms and after-school activities, the opportunity to visit with friends and family without guilt, and the chance to get closer to life as we knew it. This last year hasn’t been easy for Colorado students, and I’m glad to see that even more will now be able to live without fear as they head into the summer and this next school year. We are hopeful that final approval will be granted as soon as Wednesday and 12-15-year-olds can start getting protected by the end of this week.”

5/6/21

As part of Governor Jared Polis’ Vaccines for All efforts and in partnership with the University of Colorado Boulder (CU Boulder), students and community members near the CU Boulder campus will have the opportunity to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. CU students, faculty, and staff will be required to receive the COVID-19 vaccine before the fall semester, as announced by the CU system. 

Governor Jared Polis today announced that Colorado has passed a significant benchmark with more than two million Coloradans now fully vaccinated, this includes Coloradans who have received the Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines. Currently, 2,674,623 people have received one dose, and 2,037,137 Coloradans are fully vaccinated. Fully vaccinated means 15 days after receiving the second Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or 15 days after receiving the “one and done” Jansen/Johnson and Johnson vaccine. There are currently 4.7 million Coloradans, those 16 and older, who are eligible to receive the vaccine.  

 

“I want to congratulate every Coloradan who has received their vaccine. Not only are you protecting yourself, but you’re powering the Colorado comeback and energizing our economy,” said Governor Jared Polis. “And for everyone who is still unvaccinated, I want you to know that getting the vaccine is free, quick and easy. Make a plan today, and take the first step toward ending this pandemic and protecting your family. Vaccinated Coloradans are experiencing the joy of safely seeing their grandparents again, or finally getting together with friends for dinner without the fear or guilt of endangering their lives. There are even brighter days ahead Colorado, and this lifesaving vaccine is going to get us there.”

 

The State of Colorado has provided a variety of options for Coloradans to receive their vaccines. In addition to getting the vaccine through their local providers, Coloradans can visit one of the six Community Vaccination Sites around the state without needing an appointment, go to a clinic on one of the five mobile vaccination clinic routes, or stop by one of the community equity clinics hosted in partnership with community organizations in every corner of Colorado. 

Governor Polis took action in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

 

Governor Polis amended and extended an Executive Order authorizing Executive Directors of certain agencies to promulgate and issue emergency rules extending the expiration date of licenses and other documents due to COVID-19 in Colorado. This amendment continues the directive allowing the Executive Director of the Department of Local Affairs to promulgate and issue emergency rules extending the expiration date of licenses and other documents, while allowing all other provisions to expire

5/5/21

Governor Polis took action in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

 

Governor Polis extended an Executive Order temporarily suspending certain regulatory statutes concerning criminal justice. 

5/4/21

DENVER - Governor Polis took action in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Governor Polis extended an Executive Order temporarily suspending certain regulatory statutes concerning criminal justice. 

5/3/21

DENVER - Governor Polis took action in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

 

Governor Polis extended an Executive Order requiring the temporary suspension of certain statutes and rules to expand the healthcare workforce for hospitals and other inpatient treatment facilities due to the presence of COVID-19. 

5/2/21

DENVER - Governor Jared Polis announced that he amended and extended the statewide mask Executive Order as Colorado continues to work towards increasing vaccinations. 

The indoor mask order remains in effect for all schools statewide and certain other settings. For counties with greater than 35 cases per 100,000 people, the indoor mask order applies to groups of ten or more unvaccinated people indoors and there remains no outdoor mask order. This order is also further amended to allow indoor spaces where more than 10 people are present to go without masks, so long as at least 80% of those individuals are fully vaccinated. 

 

Vaccines not only protect you and your loved ones from getting this deadly virus but also allows Colorado to return back to normal. Reaching a high level of immunity is what will allow for a life without masks, but before that is possible, many more Coloradans need to get vaccinated.

 

Other  directives from the last Executive Order, D 2021 079, remain in effect.  Mask-wearing continues to be required in all counties in schools (including extracurricular activities), child care centers, indoor children’s camps, public-facing state government facilities, congregate care facilities, prisons, jails, emergency medical and other healthcare settings, and personal services and limited healthcare settings as defined by PHO 20-38

In counties with one week disease incidence rates in excess of 35 per 100,000, masks must also be worn in all Public Indoor Spaces when 10 or more unvaccinated individuals or individuals of unknown vaccination status are present, except in situations that meet the requirements of the new amendment. In counties with one week disease incidence rates less than 35 per 100,000 (Level Green), mask wearing is not required if there are 10 or more people who are unvaccinated or whose vaccination status is unknown.