News and Updates 

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. 

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House Democrats hosted over 100 town halls in April and May to hear from Coloradans directly about how we could help our state get through the COVID-19 pandemic and recover. We passed a relief package to help Coloradans get back to work safely and make ends meet, enacting legislation to offer direct assistance to Coloradans, guarantee paid sick leave, and protect workers from retaliation when they report health concerns.  

We provided $20 million to create a small businesses grant program and established a $250 million small business loan fund; channeled $20 million in federal funds for direct housing assistance; and provided $4.8 million for utility assistance. We allocated $500,000 to food pantries to help them meet the increased needs of their communities. 

Demand for critical health and safety services has grown, so House Democrats put $15.2 million towards mental health and substance abuse programs, $500,000 towards programs that serve survivors of domestic violence, and $500,000 toward the 2-1-1 hotline that has been expanded as an information hub for Coloradans during the pandemic.

In the early months of the pandemic, House Democrats hosted over 100 town halls to hear from Coloradans directly about how we could help our state get through the COVID-19 pandemic and recover. Then in May, we passed a relief package to help Coloradans get back to work safely and make ends meet, enacting legislation to offer direct assistance to Coloradans, guarantee paid sick leave, and protect workers from retaliation when they report health concerns.  

We created a small businesses grant program and established a small business loan fund; channeled federal funds for direct housing assistance; and provided utility assistance. We allocated funds to food pantries to help them meet the increased needs of their communities. We also put millions towards mental health and substance abuse programs, programs that serve survivors of domestic violence, toward the 2-1-1 hotline that has been expanded as an information hub for Coloradans during the pandemic.

As months went by without further assistance from Washington, we knew it was up to Colorado to act. First, House Democrats took action with the Governor to direct $168 million in direct assistance to hundreds of thousands of Coloradans who have been hit hardest by the economic impacts of the pandemic. Then, we returned to the Capitol for a short and laser-focused special legislative session.

During the special session House Democrats delivered on direct relief for restaurants, bars and other struggling small businesses. We approved a package of bipartisan bills that will help families stay in their homes, put food on the table and keep the lights on and the heat going. These bills will also help working parents stay in the workforce with enhanced child care opportunities and expand broadband access so students and teachers can continue to learn through the months ahead.

Demand for critical health and safety services has grown, so House Democrats put $15.2 million towards mental health and substance abuse programs, $500,000 towards programs that serve survivors of domestic violence, and $500,000 toward the 2-1-1 hotline that has been expanded as an information hub for Coloradans during the pandemic.