After previously limiting its vaccination program to health care workers and first responders, Jefferson County Public Health will now be offering vaccinations at its Arvada site to those 70 and …
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After previously limiting its vaccination program to health care workers and first responders, Jefferson County Public Health will now be offering vaccinations at its Arvada site to those 70 and older.
Margaret Huffman, the director of community health services for JCPH, said in a release that JCPH's announcement comes after Gov. Jared Polis announced he was expanding eligibility for the vaccine to teachers and those ages 65-69. However, members of those groups will not be eligible to get the vaccine from JCPH, although they will be able to sign up to get it from other providers in Jefferson County.
“We believe we've come close to saturation among our Jeffco health care workers and first responders,” said Huffman in the release. “That's good news because it means more of our frontline, essential workers are going to be protected against COVID-19 moving forward. Now, we can begin to make sure that other populations in Jeffco who are vulnerable to the virus, such as adults aged 70 and older, have greater access to the vaccine.”According to the release, JCPH will begin offering vaccine in limited quantities to adults 70 and older at our clinic at the Arvada Fire Protection District Training Center at 6651 Indiana Street on Feb. 3. That clinic is put on with support from the Arvada Fire Protection District, Arvada Police Department and volunteers from organizations around the county. The vaccine will also continue to be available to health care workers and first responders at the site.
Residents age 70-and-older can now sign up for a vaccination appointment on the Jeffco COVID-19 clinic webpage at www.jeffco.us/4247/JCPH-COVID-19-Vaccination-Clinics. The release notes an appointment is required to receive the vaccine at the Arvada site. The limited nature of the vaccine means appointments are expected to fill up quickly but more will be offered as more vaccine becomes available.
“Though we will only be expanding vaccine availability through JCPH's clinic to those 70 and older at this time and until further discussion, we are encouraged by the news that more people will be able to get the vaccine soon and we hope the efforts made by our department and within our county will help some of our most vulnerable populations with access,” Huffman said in the release.
In order to get vaccinated, eligible individuals must not have received any vaccine in the last 14 days, had no COVID-19 symptoms or positive test within the last 14 days and not been within the 14-day quarantine period for COVID-19 exposure.
JCPH is asking those who have set up an appointment with another health provider for the vaccine to keep that appointment rather than seeking one through JCPH. Those currently eligible for the vaccine who are looking to set up an appointment should also check with those other providers regularly about setting one up as vaccine availability is expected to vary by site.
Currently, other vaccine providers in Jeffco include Centura Health, Kaiser Permanente and SCL Health. On Jan. 25, Jefferson County announced via the county government Twitter page that select Safeway and King Soopers pharmacies would begin vaccinating Jeffco residents over 70 the following week. A list of Jeffco vaccination sites and links to online sign-up pages can be found at covid19.colorado.gov/for-coloradans/vaccine/where-can-i-get-vaccinated.
“We're glad to be able to expand vaccination efforts, but we know this is a long road,” Huffman said of the expansion of access at the county vaccination site to those 70-and-over. “For everyone who is waiting for their chance to get vaccinated, please know your turn will come. While you're waiting, you can take comfort in knowing that our most at-risk and vulnerable populations are getting vaccinated in greater numbers every day, which will just get us, as a community, closer to recovery.”
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