3/29/21

Today, Governor Jared Polis announced that starting this Friday, April 2nd, all Coloradans over the age of 16 will be eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine, and all Coloradans over the age of 18 will be eligible to receive the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccine. The Governor shared that the State anticipates that everyone who wants it will have access to the vaccine before the end of May. He was joined by Brigadier General Scott Sherman to discuss the next phase of vaccine distribution. 

 

“Each vaccine is a step towards getting back to normal. Today is a monumental step forward in Colorado’s efforts to get vaccines to every person who wants one, and I want to thank our frontline heroes -- both professional and volunteer -- who have stepped up, racing to get shots into arms,” said Governor Jared Polis. “This is one of the greatest feats in human history, and we couldn’t have gotten to where we are now without their tireless efforts. Soon everyone in our state will be able to get the protection they need, but it’s going to take some time. It could be next week, it could be in five weeks. So while availability opens to everyone this Friday, April 2nd, be patient and know that your time will come.”

 

Currently, 70% of all Coloradans 60 and older have been vaccinated, including 79% of all Coloradans 70 and older, 71% of Coloradans 65-69, and 53% of Colordans 60-64. More than 1.5 million (1,579,599) Coloradans have received their first dose of tha vaccine, and almost 1 million (999,618) have been fully immunized. 

 

In order to meet its ambitious vaccination goals and get shots into arms as quickly as possible, Colorado has launched five Vaccines for All Community Vaccination Sites. Depending on supply, a maximum of 6,000 doses per day will be administered at each site, six days per week, for a total of 36,000 doses administered each week through the program. To date, 35,322 doses have been administered through these sites.

 

In the last two weeks, Governor Polis joined the launch of the Broadmoor World Arena site in Colorado Springs, Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, and The Ranch Events Complex in Loveland. Five locations are open in five counties, and starting April 1 the state will partner with Denver County to launch a site at Ball Arena. Information about the community vaccination sites can be found below:

 

 

Colorado also has numerous strategies in place to narrow gaps in vaccine distribution. In addition to standing up Community Vaccination Sites, the State’s Equity Outreach Team is working directly with community-based organizations, providers, local public health agencies, and Tribes to set up vaccine clinics in underserved communities across the state. As of today, 111 clinics have been completed, with 10-12 clinics completed per week on average. More than 75 clinics scheduled through April 6th are expected to administer 30,400+ doses.

 

Finally, Governor Polis announced that Colorado will be launching mobile vaccine clinics to create even more access for Coloradans in the coming weeks. These buses will travel to small communities and meet Coloradans where they are. More information will be coming as these clinics come online. 

 

The Governor delivered this good news with the caveat that this is still a time for caution. New cases and hospitalizations are holding steady, but emerging COVID-19 variants are cause for concern. For Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines, it typically takes two weeks for the body to build immunity after vaccination. That means you can be infected from exposure to COVID-19 just before or just after vaccination. 

 

Please view the press conference on the Governor’s Facebook page

3/25/21

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

 

Governor Polis extended an Executive Order establishing directives for the COVID-19 Dial Framework. The Executive Order was amended to allow for counties in Level Orange to request site-specific variances, and otherwise extended the requirement for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to continue the Dial Framework until April 16, 2021.

3/24/21

Today, as part of Governor Polis’ Vaccines for All efforts, the Governor visited the  State Community Vaccination Site at the Ranch Events Complex in Larimer County. This site is being run in partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency. 

 

“I was glad to join the opening of our northern Colorado community vaccination site. The state is proud to partner with FEMA at the Ranch Events Complex to get more shots into arms and work to end the pandemic in Colorado,” said Governor Jared Polis. “Sites like this one will play an integral role in distributing this lifesaving vaccine to all Coloradans who want one. Each dose administered means we are all a day closer towards returning back to our Colorado way of life.”

 

“Colorado has done great work on the state’s vaccination effort and FEMA is pleased to support Larimer County with its efforts at The Ranch,” said Acting FEMA Regional Administrator Nancy Dragani. “Adding this new level of federal support to our state and local partners helps ensure vaccine access to more Coloradans, which is critical.”

 

On Friday, March 19, the State moved to Phase 1B.4, allowing people 50 and older, as well as additional frontline workers, and those with at least one high-risk condition to get their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

 

In addition to the site in Larimer County, Colorado has also launched Community Vaccination Sites in Pueblo, Colorado Springs, Commerce City, and Grand Junction. There will be an additional site coming online in Denver County at the Ball Arena in the coming weeks. 

 

To learn more about the Larimer County site, please visit:  

https://larimerhealth.secure.force.com/Vaccine/ 

3/19/21

As part of Governor Polis’ Vaccines for All plan, the State of Colorado is allocating vaccines to community-based organizations across the state to host more than 25 vaccination clinics between Friday, March 19 - Thursday, March 25, 2021. These clinics will focus on vaccinating underserved Coloradans and span a variety of diverse communities. 

 

“I’m grateful to every partner across our state who is working day and night to ensure that shots are getting into arms and Coloradans are getting the protection they need from this deadly virus. Equitable distribution of the vaccine is essential to getting back to normal and building back stronger,” said Governor Jared Polis.

 

Each of the following clinics are not accepting walk-in appointments. You must have an appointment to attend.

 

FRIDAY, MARCH 19

Whittier Neighborhood Association 

“We have found it highly effective to have neighbors reaching out to neighbors to sign up for vaccine appointments.  There is already a foundation of trust and dedication to looking out for one another. It has been amazing to see the community come together in support of one another in the vaccine effort,” said Kathleen McBride, Director.

 

The Arc Arapahoe and Douglas 

“We at The Arc Arapahoe & Douglas are honored to do our part to assist people to get their COVID vaccine.  Since 1955 we have provided advocacy, education and support to people with IDD and their families.  We knew we had the skills to assist them to feel comfortable and supported during the vaccine process.  Big thanks to CDPHE and their staff for providing the medical knowhow. Together we can beat this virus!” said Carol Meredith, Executive Director.

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 20

Councilwoman Sandoval/Regis Square

“I am thankful for the partnership with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and the Governor’s COVID-19 equity taskforce for the 1300 vaccinations which will be given to our most underserved and vulnerable populations, this weekend March 20th and 21st. We’ve seen the data and we must work together to combat the disparities in vaccine distribution and access for our Latinx community. This COVID-19 equity vaccine clinic is a result of a culmination of the steadfast collaboration between five local elected officials, Regis University our community partner, and loads of volunteers all going above and beyond their call of duty in helping end this pandemic while purposefully targeting the minority community which has been disproportionately impacted during this pandemic,” said Denver City Councilmember Amanda Sandoval (District 1), and Denver Council President Pro Tem Jamie Torres (District 3), Denver Public Schools Board Treasurer Angela Cobián (District 2), Senate Majority Caucus Chair Julie Gonzales (SD34), House Assistant Majority Leader Serena Gonzales-Gutierrez (HD4).

 

Littleton High School

“This clinic is a perfect example of why I live by the phrase "I am, we are" and why community is at the heart of everything we do in public service, including addressing the equitable distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine. This idea first came from one of my constituents, we decided to take those concerns and turn them into action for the people of HD38. Team Ortiz made it our mission to reach out to the Latinx community here in Littleton but more than that we wanted to partner with groups who supported Coloradans with disabilities, our elderly, and those who have not had access to the vaccine otherwise due to economic reasons. In centering our outreach efforts around organizations and businesses like Brewability, Littleton Family Services, North Littleton Promise, Littleton Life Center, and St. Mary Parish Littleton Pantry, we believe that we're taking a step towards achieving that goal. Team Ortiz wants to thank the Governor's office and CDPHE for prioritizing the issue of vaccine equity in Colorado through their community-based organizations clinic program. Most importantly, we want to thank the staff at Littleton High School for their support in our mission. Vaccine access saves lives!” said Representative David Ortiz.

 

Inner City Health

“The history and location of Inner City Health have enabled us to develop a close relationship with Colorado communities, especially communities of color, over the years. Our success is built on our ability in fostering a vibrant sense of community and a welcoming environment for everyone. We see the vaccine clinic as an opportunity to further our commitment in keeping communities healthy,” said Kraig Burleson, Chief Executive Officer.

 

DSST: College View High School

“As a school that is deeply committed to serving our community in a myriad of ways, we are so excited to offer this vaccine clinic to members of our community in Southwest Denver, and are grateful for the CDPHE staff, the College View HS staff and student volunteers who are making this possible! I encourage other CBOs to consider pursuing clinics as well to serve their communities,” said Gayle Bell, Director of Curriculum & Instruction of Intervention.

 

Sacred Heart Catholic Church

“Thank you for providing the vaccine clinic at a central location, I am older and am afraid to drive far. I am happy you did it at a safe place,” said a patient. 

 

“Agricultural workers have always been the lifeline of our community and of the food industry. I believe that prioritizing their safety is not only fair and moral, but the only logical course of action. Our event is aimed at remembering and honoring all the farm workers who have been COVID 19 exposed or have lost their lives to sustain our community and to provide an essential service to our country. I commend our community and state partners for their continued support, for without it we couldn’t have accomplished our mission,” said Luis Murillo, SLV Regional Coordinator for the Project Protect Promotora network.

 

“Sacred Heart exists to serve people, soul, spirit and body,” said Father Carlos Alvarez, Pastor of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

 

“The San Luis Valley Area Health Education Center is honored to help support the health equity vaccine clinic for farm system workers, their families, and the community as their health and wellbeing is of the utmost importance to us all,” said Ruth Horn, Executive Director of the San Luis Valley Area Health Education Center.

 

“Although the clinic is open from 1A to 1B.4, Los Promotores del Valle de San Luis made a concentrated effort to reach out to farm system workers and their families through personal calls and outreach during their bimonthly food box distributions. Local and state health agencies are doing a great job at trying to reach out to this community, however, A deep-seated distrust of authority figures and access to education has prevented many food system workers from getting vaccinated. By doing this type of outreach the promotores were able to talk directly to the community and get to know their fears and talk about them.  Sacred Heart has always taken part in providing healthcare outreach to the community. Yearly, it collaborates with the SLV Area Health Education Center in providing a cardiovascular based health fair near Valentine’s Day, it is called Love Your Sweet Heart at Sacred Heart. This year COVID-19 hindered the fair, however Sacred Heart wanted to impact the health of the community somehow. The vaccine equity clinic seemed like the perfect opportunity, after all it is an act of charity and solidarity to get vaccinated. The equity clinic was a labor of love for all organizations involved. It tells a tale of how rural Colorado works together and hopefully it will inspire some unlikely collaborators to work together in other rural towns,” said Lisa Lucero, Director of Implementation of the San Luis Valley Area Health Education Center.

 

SUNDAY, MARCH 21

New life Christan Fellowship Church 

As we recognize the importance of being of service to the community and how urgent the need is to distribute the vaccine to eligible Coloradans in our community. We wanted to make sure that we went outside the confines of the church building to make this happen. Partnering with the Governor’s office and this administration has afforded us the opportunity to be inclusive and make immediate impact in our community while emphasizing the urgency of the vaccine and lend credibility to its importance.

Going beyond the walls of the church has been difficult for us as we do not have a building to call our own. We were in a church, it was sold, and we moved to a local school atrium and then COVID 19 forced its closure. So even though we are currently a nomadic church we were determined to partner with the Governor and the Vaccine Equity group because we recognize the importance of being our brothers and sister’s keeper.  It is not about us, so we had to set aside looking for a new place to call home and focus on the current needs of our friends, family, and community, especially in our diverse neighborhoods of color.

How much more effective is New Life going to be as a community leader when we have our own building and can partner more frequently with Governor Polis and the encouraging blueprint that is laid out by this administration for marginalized communities. 

We are currently working on a plan to provide a food pantry to all those in need in the area. The church can become a shelter, when the weather is incredulous, to our unhoused brothers and sisters. We will provide a safe place for our LGBTQ members to find hope, faith, love and provide programs for our often displaced young people. This is part of the mission of the universal church and here at New Life we do not just talk about it but are about it. We strive to be “the place where everybody matters to God,” said Reverend Dr. Kevin Thompson.

Colorado Primary Care Clinic, Inc. 

“Colorado Primary Care Clinic has served the medical needs of the Aurora underserved community since 2010. Health inequity and disparity has existed within the community the clinic proudly serves and supports for years.  Novel coronavirus presented a deep challenge to the world which we cannot ignore....Disease, Sickness, and the availability of care access for all persons of limited means.  The lethality of the virus effects, demonstrated how woefully unprepared the world was to confront, recognize, mobilize, and consider a trajectory that addresses key critical factors contained within the social determinants of health; and its direct health impact on persons of limited means, the infirmed, and our precious senior population.  It is unfortunate that health inequity continues to ensue and has created vaccine deserts. I am thankful to receive recognition and responsibility to vaccine persons within my community.  Persons of color and our precious senior population have been forgotten in my area, a vaccine desert area. The clinic has fought hard to acquire PPE during the initial phases of the pandemic and ongoing; and now we fight hard to receive a vaccine.  We have battled our own version of "The Hunger Games."  I speak truth to power unequivocally.  Both an urban vulnerability index AND a social vulnerability index application would provide an equitable, targeted approach towards vaccine distribution efforts.  A city's wealth can be determined by a city's health.  Vaccination is one tool we can use to control the spread of novel coronavirus,” said Dawn Fetzko, General Practitioner. 

 

MONDAY, MARCH 22

New Direction 

“In conjunction with the governor's office we are committed to making available access to the vaccine and the distribution of accurate information regarding its safety and effectiveness,” said Michael Gatewood, Executive Pastor. 

 

YWCA Pueblo

“I am so grateful to the Governor’s office for working with us to get access to the Covid-19 vaccine.  Our employees are essential to our mission and by being able to provide them, along with the clients we serve access to the vaccine we are ensuring that not only our staff is protected but so are our clients.  I cannot stress enough the importance of members of our community receiving the vaccine so that we can all feel safer and help protect members of our community,” said Maureen White, Executive Director.

 

The Arc Pikes Peak Region 

“The Arc-PPR is committed to the health and well-being of our communities of the Pikes Peak region.  We are honored to open our facility to the community with the goal of seeing our local business’ and other service organizations functioning to their fullest capabilities while ending the isolation that has impacted the lives of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their loved ones far too long,” said Wilfred Romero, Executive Director.

 

TUESDAY, MARCH 23

Every Child Pediatrics 

“We are excited to host a COVID vaccine clinic.  The mission of Every Child Pediatrics is to provide high-quality pediatric care to kids in Colorado regardless of their ability to pay.  We are honored to be a trusted resource for our patients’ families and are committed to doing all that we can to provide information and access to vaccinations to our vulnerable communities,” said Laura Luzietti M.D., Executive Director.

 

Advanced Urgent Care & Occupational Medicine 

"Our goal at Advanced Urgent Care & Occupational Medicine has been from the onset of the Covid pandemic to provide as much care to our communities as possible.  It started with testing and now we are able to provide vaccines.  Through our partnership with Adams County we now have a drive-thru vaccination site that allows us to process large numbers of patients.  As with all our medical partners the availability of vaccines is our limiting factor.  We are so pleased that CDPHE has allowed us the opportunity to truly help our communities.  Thanks to Governor Polis for providing the needed leadership for us all to fight the battle,” said Dr. Anthony Euser, Owner & Physician of Advanced Urgent Care & Occupational Medicine.

 

The Light of Christ Church 

“When The Light of Christ Church learned that the Governor's office was eager to get the COVID vaccines further into the grassroots, especially to communities with high minority representation and possible disproportionate access to the vaccines, we knew this was our opportunity to serve our Harvey Park neighborhood and nearby communities in a very practical way. We were delighted as a church to be approved to partner with the state in hosting this equity clinic targeting affected demographics and making access to the COVID vaccines more equitable. Our church is already on the ground here. Partnering in this service to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic has been a privilege and joy,” said Donald Nwankwo, Rector.

 

PASCO 

“As a longtime advocate and ally for the disability community, we here at PASCO are honored to partner with Governor Jared Polis and Colorado Department of Health & Environment to provide the COVID-19 vaccine to our vulnerable population,” said Holly Pajud, HR Generalist/Benefits Coordinator. 

 

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 24

Southern Colorado Harm Reduction Association 

“Southern Colorado Harm Reduction Association has worked tirelessly to become a thoughtful neighbor and a place of refuge for our community.  Providing the ability to get a vaccine for our people who face many inequities in resources makes us a logical choice to provide this service.  We know that for many it is not about vaccine hesitancy, but about a lack of access.  We have developed the trust of the most marginalized people, to include those of color, LGBTQ, and homeless communities.  We have gained this trust because we are one of them,” said Judy Solano, Founder/Executive Director.

 

Zion Senior Center 

"The Zion Senior Center is thrilled to be a part of this multifaceted effort to administer vaccines in our community and specifically to older people of color who are oftentimes underserved. Zion’s involvement also demonstrates the successes that are possible when faith-based and government entities collaborate,” said Gwendolyn M. Mami, Chair Zion Center Advisory Team.

 

Focus Points Family Resource Center 

"At Focus Points, our mission is to build better communities by strengthening families,” said Jules Kelty, Executive Director of Focus Points Family Resource Center. "Health and safety - both emotional and physical - are essential for families to thrive. We are proud to partner with Denver Health to serve as a vaccination site, while also focusing on education to dispel misconceptions and alleviate anxieties in the Latinx and immigrant communities that have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19,” said Cheri Gonzales, Development Manager.

 

THURSDAY, MARCH 25

Voces Unidas 

"We have rolled up our sleeves to temporarily operate vaccine equity clinics to show the ecosystem that it is possible to vaccinate Latinos in an equitable way when we reduce barriers and use proven, culturally competent strategies. Our results debunk the myth that hesitancy is to blame for why the traditional ecosystem has failed to vaccinate our community in an equitable way,” said Alex Sánchez, Executive Director.

 

Park Church 

“We are excited to help expand access to the vaccine to help keep our entire community safe. This is a small way we can help expand healthcare access for underserved populations in our community. It is a privilege to work alongside the state of Colorado in this effort,” said Ryan Gannett, Director of Operations.

 

Mercy Housing Inc.

“Mercy Housing is grateful to partner with the Governor’s Office to provide Coloradans living with low incomes safe and equitable access to Covid vaccines. Education and outreach are critical now more than ever. We are thankful that the Governor’s Office shares our compassion for people in need and believe that expanded access to vaccinations, while providing consistent, up-to-date CDC information, will get Colorado through the pandemic,” said Ismael Guerrero, Mercy Housing President & CEO.

3/19/21

Governor Jared Polis released a statement following this month’s designation of 63 Colorado counties as primary agricultural disaster areas by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The disaster declaration is due to recent drought in the area. Colorado’s recent record snowfall along the Front Range and Eastern Plains did not deliver enough precipitation to erase the months-long drought the state is experiencing. The Western Slope, in particular, continues to face extreme drought conditions. 

 

“Our agricultural community is so important to Colorado and the recent drought has impacted all its members including farmers, ranchers, and other stewards of the land. I’m grateful to Secretary Vilsack for making this designation which will allow eligible farm operations to be considered for certain assistance from the Farm Service Agency (FSA),” said Governor Jared Polis. “Our agricultural community deserves our support, and I urge us all to recognize their contributions, from the livestock industry to vegetable production.”

 

“Drought continues to put incredible strain on Colorado’s agricultural producers across the state,” said Kate Greenberg, Commissioner of Agriculture. “We are appreciative to Secretary Vilsack for this designation. As a state, we will continue supporting and assisting  all in agriculture as they face the financial, emotional and environmental hardships of drought.”

 

Under this disaster designation, producers in contiguous counties in Arizona, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Utah, and Wyoming also qualify for benefits. 

 

The designated counties are listed in the letter to the Governor of Colorado.  Additional information on USDA’s disaster assistance program, including county lists and maps, can be found at http://disaster.fsa.usda.gov.  

3/19/21

The Governor’s Office of State Planning and Budgeting (OSPB) released its quarterly economic forecast today. 

 

“Colorado was one of the first states to successfully reopen in a safe way and this new data shows we are moving towards a strong economic recovery,” said Governor Jared Polis. “Coloradans have persevered through dark days, and now we’re beginning to see the sun. As we vaccinate more Coloradans and get back to normal, it’s important that we take this unique opportunity to make bold investments that will strengthen our economy and our communities for generations to come. This larger than expected amount of one-time funds due to better than expected economic growth allows us to make important investments that will strengthen small businesses, reduce traffic, support Colorado families, invest in rural Colorado, and develop our workforce. I look forward to working with our legislators to deliver these results for Coloradans.”

 

The forecast shows that Colorado will likely continue to rebound as employment increases in tandem with vaccinations. Declining COVID caseloads will allow for additional easing of public health restrictions. The state is positioned to benefit from a return to domestic travel and is an attractive location for remote workers.

 

Nationally, the U.S. economy is poised to rebound sharply in 2021, with GDP likely to grow at its fastest pace in decades. The recovery will be driven by the widespread availability of vaccines and the end of the pandemic, as well as by supportive fiscal and monetary policies. 

 

Despite this good news, an equitable recovery is not certain. The recession is having a highly disparate impact across industries, with job losses and business closures concentrated in predominantly low-wage industries.

 

View the forecast and slides.

3/16/21

Today, following a visit with Vice President Kamala Harris, Governor Jared Polis provided an update on Colorado’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the State’s efforts to vaccinate Coloradans. Governor Polis was joined by Dr. Rachel Herlihy, State Epidemiologist, and Dr. Jon Samet, an epidemiologist and the dean at Colorado’s School of Public Health. 

 

“We have made incredible progress in vaccinating our most vulnerable here in Colorado, including now having vaccinated 77% of Coloradans ages 70 and older. But until we can get more shots into arms, let’s continue to do our part to stay safe and protect others from this deadly virus and wear a mask around others,” said Governor Polis.

 

Dr. Rachel Herlihy shared more information about the tracking of COVID-19 variants. The State has identified four different variants in Colorado, and the State is using all tools available to protect public health including contact tracing.

 

Governor Polis also reassured Coloradans that vaccine appointments canceled over the weekend due to the snow will be rescheduled. Many health care providers, including Kaiser, UC Health, and SCL Health, are working around the clock to contact patients and reschedule their appointments. There is no need to contact the vaccine provider and they will be contacting individuals to reschedule. 

 

Both Drs. Herlihy and Samet cautioned that while the state is making progress vaccinating its residents, it is not yet the time to change our behaviors around social distancing and mask wearing, and that transmission control is still important to keeping each other safe and our economy open.

 

“We’ve reached a high plateau of cases,” said Dr. Herlihy. “What that indicates to me is that we’re not yet at a place where we have population protection from the vaccine and we’re no longer seeing a steady decline in hospitalizations.”

 

“We have a ways to go,” said Dr. Samet. “We’re heading toward more and more Coloradans being immune either because they’ve had the infection or because they’ve been vaccinated. The good news is that 80% above 65 have had at least one dose of the vaccine and hospitalizations are dropping in those 70 and older.”

 

Governor Polis also signed an Executive Order extending the State’s disaster declaration due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Colorado. 

 

View today’s press conference and presentation

 

For more information on how to sign up to receive the vaccine, please visit www.cocovidvaccine.org or call 1-877-CO VAX CO (1-877-268-2926). 

3/15/21

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

 

Governor Polis extended an Executive Order related to marriage licenses. Governor Polis also amended and extended an Executive Order temporarily suspending certain regulatory statutes due to the presence of COVID-19. The amendment temporarily suspends a statute related to Title Board proceedings in order to facilitate remote participation.

3/12/21

For Immediate Release

Friday, March 12, 2021

Victoria Graham |victoria.graham@state.co.us  

 

 

Governor Polis Provides Update on 

Colorado’s COVID-19 Response 

 

DENVER- Today, Governor Jared Polis provided an update on Colorado’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the State’s efforts to vaccinate Coloradans. Governor Polis was joined by Brigadier General Scott Sherman and COVID Incident Commander Scott Bookman.

 

“Colorado, in partnership with health care partners across the state, is making significant progress in vaccinating Coloradans as quickly as possible. More shots in arms means fewer lives lost to this terrible virus,” said Governor Polis. “Given our state’s strides in administering this life-saving vaccine, we are thrilled to be taking this next step and anticipate that we can open up eligibility to the general public next month.

 

Governor Polis shared that Coloradans in Phase 1B4 will now be eligible to receive the vaccine on March 19. Phase 1B4, includes people ages 50 and older, frontline workers in food and restaurants, manufacturing, and people who serve critical functions in state and local governments. Colorado is prepared to launch six state-run Community Vaccination Sites across the state that will have the capacity to administer 6,000 vaccines per day. 

 

“By mid-April, we expect over a half-million doses per week, and that is why we are getting these community vaccine sites established. We are going to need these sites to get all the doses of vaccines we receive weekly administered and get it into Coloradan's arms,” said Brigadier General Scott Sherman. 

 

“I want to take a moment to express my gratitude to all of our providers, our health care systems, our local public health, our federally qualified health centers, and our retail pharmacies who are all working so hard to provide the vaccine to all Coloradans who want it in all the ways we can do it,” said COVID Incident Commander Scott Bookman

 

Governor Polis also reassured Coloradans who are currently eligible for the vaccine but have not yet received it that they will still be able to get a vaccine appointment as the state moves forward with 1B4. Once the vaccine opens up to the general public, vaccine providers will be able to prioritize those who are at risk due to their age, and others with high-risk conditions who have not yet received the vaccine. 

 

View today’s press conference

 

For more information on how to sign up to receive the vaccine, please visit www.cocovidvaccine.org or call 1-877-CO VAX CO (1-877-268-2926). 


 

Governor Polis also reminded Coloradans to stay home this weekend and keep off the roads as this weekend’s winter storm arrives. Yesterday, Governor Polis authorized the Colorado National Guard to assist with search and rescue requests through the State Emergency Operations Center from 12:00 p.m. on Friday - 12:00 p.m. on Monday. 

 

For more winter travel information, we have comprehensive resources at: codot.gov/travel/winter-driving 

3/11/21

Governor Polis released the following statement following President Biden's address to the nation on the COVID-19 pandemic. During his address, President Biden announced that he will direct all states to expand vaccine eligibility to all adults by May 1. 

 

“I appreciate the encouraging words from the President to rally our spirits to be careful in the final months of the pandemic. I am more optimistic on the time frame and expect all Coloradans will be eligible for the vaccine even sooner, as well as a sooner return to normalcy.”3/11/21

Today, Governor Polis provided an update on steps Colorado is taking to prepare for the upcoming winter weather. Governor Polis was joined by Director Shoshanna Lew of the Colorado Department of Transportation; John Lorme, Director of Maintenance and Operations, CDOT; and Chief Matthew Packard, Colorado State Patrol. 

 

“Please, do the right thing this weekend and keep yourself and others safe by staying off the roads unless absolutely necessary, especially during the peak of this storm. It’s critical that we let our state’s snow crews do their work to keep roads clear for our emergency and essential workers,” said Governor Jared Polis. 

 

Governor Polis today authorized the Colorado National Guard to assist with search and rescue requests through the State Emergency Operations Center from 12:00 p.m. on Friday - 12:00 p.m. on Monday. 

 

“If you can stay safe in your home or in another location, especially during the peak of this storm, our crews will have a greater ability to do their jobs, keep essential travel possible as much as possible, and return our state roadways to a safe and clear condition,” said Director Shoshanna Lew of the Colorado Department of Transportation.

 

“This storm forecast is different from the typical high country- mountain passes that typically see 2-3 foot totals. Instead of directing our resources to those passes as we usually do, we have  shifted some resources throughout the state so that extra crews and equipment will work the highways and interstates that see the worst of the storm,” said John Lorme, Director of Maintenance and Operations, CDOT.

 

"We ask that you do everything you can to stay home and stay off the roads. However, if you must drive, be cognizant of the changing conditions and take a slow, cautious approach," stated Colonel Matthew Packard, Chief of the Colorado State Patrol. "The Colorado State Patrol is adjusting schedules to optimize our staffing levels in areas anticipated to be most impacted by the storm. If you need help in an emergency, please call 9-1-1 and be prepared to shelter in your vehicle as first responders may have longer than usual travel times to your location."  

 

For more winter travel information, we have comprehensive resources at: codot.gov/travel/winter-driving 

 

View today’s press conference

3/10/21

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

 

Governor Polis 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. 

 

The Governor also amended and extended an Executive Order pertaining to elective surgeries. The new Executive Order continues the hospital reporting requirements and the ability of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to issue a Public Health Order, while allowing the other provisions to expire.

3/10/21

Governor Jared Polis released a statement following the passage of a Federal stimulus package.

 

“I congratulate the United States Congress on passing President Biden’s Stimulus bill. This federal stimulus package provides $1400 per person to most Coloradans, rent assistance, and as well extends several necessary unemployment benefits,” said Governor Polis. “This relief package also directly assists restaurants and other small businesses struggling during this economic crisis caused by COVID-19. I’m grateful to Colorado’s federal delegation members who voted in favor of this federal package.” 

 

“I want to commend Senator Michael Bennet’s leadership on this package, which includes a landmark child tax credit that will lift millions of children out of poverty. This credit is the result of years of hard work on behalf of Colorado’s families. When our children rise, we all rise.”

 

“This afternoon, we announced the Colorado Recovery Plan, a bipartisan state stimulus which will invest roughly $700 million into helping Colorado recover faster and build back stronger. Coupled with the federal stimulus, we are optimistic about the path ahead and look forward to providing support to our families, building roads and bridges, investing in rural Colorado, and strengthening our small business and developing our workforce. Through this collaboration, we can build a Colorado that works for all.”

3/10/21

House and Senate Leadership from both parties and Governor Jared Polis today announced the Colorado Recovery Plan, which will invest roughly $700 million into helping Colorado recover faster and build back stronger. 

“This is a bipartisan stimulus that works for Colorado. As we look to build our economy and our state even stronger than before the pandemic, we also have an opportunity to reimagine Colorado’s future and truly create a Colorado for all,” said Governor Jared Polis. “I want to thank the legislature for their collaborative work on this important package of legislation. These one-time, strategic investments will help Coloradans get back to work and not only make important investments in our infrastructure and workforce today, but help keep us moving forward together for years to come.”

“We’ve known from the start of the legislative session that forging a just and inclusive recovery for Colorado was our top priority this year,” said Speaker Alec Garnett, (D-Denver). “Today’s announcement represents an important step towards keeping our promise of building back a stronger Colorado. With this bold plan, we’re not only providing support for the small businesses and families who need it most, but also building the economy of the future through strategic investments in infrastructure and our communities.”

 

“The last year has brought immense challenges and unearthed many of the inequities and underlying issues in our society that have been swept under the rug for too long,” said Senate President Leroy Garcia (D-Pueblo). “To move Colorado forward, we can’t leave anyone behind. This stimulus package will work to ensure that we lift up our most marginalized communities, and provide a pathway to a prosperous future for all. I am grateful for the bipartisan collaboration and bold thinking that guided us as we developed a uniquely Colorado solution to build our state back stronger.”

 

“As we work to build back a stronger Colorado, it’s crucial that we invest in our economy’s most important asset: our workers,” said House Majority Leader Daneya Esgar (D-Pueblo). “Our stimulus plan supports workers and communities displaced by market changes, makes investments in workforce development, and helps create jobs to get Coloradans back on their feet. We’re investing directly in rural Colorado and the industries that create jobs on the Western Slope, throughout my beloved Southern Colorado, across the Eastern Plains, and everywhere in between.”

 

“The last year has had a devastating impact on small businesses in every corner of our state, across every sector of our economy,” said Senate Majority Leader Steve Fenberg. “To move Colorado forward, we can’t leave them behind. This stimulus package will ensure that all small businesses, particularly those in marginalized and under-resourced communities, will have the support they need to get their feet back on the ground as soon as possible.”

"After the challenges of this last year, it is time to come together and work to restore Colorado. By working together to prioritize fixing our roads and bridges, getting Colorado back to work, and getting students back in school, this is an opportunity to get our lives going again and bring Colorado back to life," said House Minority Leader Hugh McKean (R - Larimer County). 

“Senate Republicans are focused on getting people back to work, kids back to school, and funding for our roads and bridges. These are our priorities because they are the priorities of the people of Colorado and we are optimistic to work on them with our colleagues across the aisle,” said Minority Leader Chris Holbert (R-Douglas County).

Developed with bipartisan input from lawmakers and community partners across the state, this stimulus plan prioritizes one-time investments that will have a stimulative effect on the economy, create jobs and benefit the hardest-hit communities. 

Five big goals will guide dozens of bills narrowly tailored to meet the challenge at hand:

  1. Strengthening small businesses 

  2. Revitalizing our infrastructure

  3. Supporting Colorado families

  4. Investing in rural Colorado 

  5. Developing our workforce

The plan will be financed by one-time dollars that are available as a result of improved economic projections for the FY 2020-2021 budget year. 

3/5/21

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

 

Governor Polis extended an Executive Order requiring individuals in Colorado to wear a medical or non-medical face covering due to the presence of COVID-19 in the state. 

3/2/21

Today, Governor Jared Polis provided an update on Colorado’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the State’s efforts to vaccinate Coloradans. 

 

“We did it Colorado, we hit our state’s bold goal of vaccinating 70% of Coloradans aged 70 and up by the end of February. This is an important milestone for our state and has taken all of us - in every corner of our state - working together to get shots into the arms of some of our most vulnerable Coloradans,” said Governor Polis. “We’ve also made critical strides in vaccinating educators, Coloradans 65+, health care workers and first responders and the lifesaving vaccine is being made more available to more Coloradans as we await additional federal supplies.” 

 

Later this week the state of Colorado will start getting shots into the arms of grocery store and agriculture workers, Coloradans aged 16-59 with two and more comorbidities, and those aged 60 and up, among others who qualify for the vaccine in Phase 1B.3. 

 

Governor Polis also announced that yesterday Colorado placed its first order for the newly FDA-approved one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Colorado expects to receive 45,500 doses this week, which will be administered across the state. Additional doses of the J&J vaccine are not expected next week, but Colorado is planning for an increase in J&J doses starting in late March. The Biden Administration expects 5-6 million doses of the J&J vaccine to be distributed by the Spring.

 

Governor Polis shared an update regarding the overall federal vaccine supply. The national supply of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines is increasing by 700,000 doses from 14.5 million this week to 15.2 million next week. This should mean an increase of over 11,500 doses for Colorado for about 256,880 doses next week. In mid-March, Colorado’s supply of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines is expected to increase further to 16 million doses, meaning an increase of another 800,000. This should result in an additional 13,520 doses/week for Colorado for a total of about 270,400 doses the week of March 21. By the end of March, it's expected that nationally there will be 4 million doses weekly of the J&J vaccine. For Colorado, that equals roughly 67,000 J&J doses and that level should be the minimum moving forward week after week there forward.

 

By the last week of March, Colorado anticipates approximately another million dose increase to 18 million doses which represents about 16,900 additional doses for Colorado. While these numbers represent the most up-to-date federal vaccine forecast, these numbers are subject to change. 

 

Governor Polis also reminded Coloradans to continue practicing what has kept COVID-19 case numbers low, which include social distancing, staying six feet apart from others, and mask wearing. 

 

View today’s press conference

 

For more information on how to sign up to receive the vaccine, please visit www.cocovidvaccine.org or call 1-877-CO VAX CO (1-877-268-2926). 3/1/21

Governor Polis urged Colorado’s federal Congressional delegation to extend several crucial supplemental federal benefit programs before they expire in March to ensure that Coloradans continue receiving the financial support they need during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

 

Each time Congress lets federal assistance programs lapse and or changes the eligibility criteria the state has to wait for guidance from the US Treasury, then it must reprogram the UI system to that guidance causing unnecessary delays and hardship for thousands of Coloradans. 

 

In his letter, Governor Polis strongly urged the delegation to extend several federal assistance programs, including the pandemic unemployment assistance program, and the emergency unemployment relief for government entities and nonprofits, among others without changes to eligibility and without gaps in coverage. Governor Polis emphasized the importance of quick passage well in advance of the March 14th expiration to ensure no further interruption of benefits and to allow the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) to adapt their systems. 

 

Many federal assistance programs are set to expire March 14, potentially forcing over 100,000 Coloradans to face losing assistance that has helped them throughout the financial crisis caused by the pandemic. 

 

“While Colorado is appreciative for the immediate aid provided by the Consolidated Appropriations Act in December, the continued uncertainty regarding the extension and funding of federal unemployment programs for Coloradans makes it difficult to plan for basic needs and unexpected costs,” Governor Polis writes in his letter. 

 

“As you know, more than 18 million Americans are now collecting unemployment benefits, including $300 weekly supplemental payments that began in January. In just a few weeks, these crucial supplemental federal benefits will expire. Among one of the provisions in the American Rescue Plan is an increase in the supplemental weekly jobless benefits until August 29th, 2021. It is imperative that we avoid an interruption in these benefits and pass an extension that lines up with the programs from the Consolidated Appropriations Act to ensure programming can continue as seamlessly as possible,” Governor Polis wrote. 

 

Read the Governor’s letter to Colorado’s federal delegation.