Elbert County will be partnering with Tri-County Health Department to offer COVID vaccinations to individuals eligible under Phase 1B of the state vaccine distribution plan. This group includes residents age 70+, moderate-risk health care workers, first responders, frontline essential workers, and continuity of state government: The first vaccinations will take place on Tuesday, February 2 in the Exhibit Hall of the Elbert County Fairgrounds located in Kiowa. The second dose of the vaccine will be provided to the same individuals on Tuesday, March 2.
The number of vaccines that will be available for administration will be dependent upon the availability of vaccinators and support staff. Elbert County is currently working to recruit qualified vaccinators (i.e., R.N.s, paramedics, and other trained healthcare professionals whose scope of practice qualifies them to administer vaccines). Once we secure enough vaccinators, we will release registration information. Online registration will be required. We do not anticipate the availability for walk-in appointments. Please check back with this website for further updates.
Colorado is currently receiving about 70,000 vaccines a week. Vaccine allocations are being distributed proportionately based on county population. At this time, Elbert County Public Health does not have any vaccines. Currently, CDPHE is making all vaccine allocation decisions due to a limited number of available doses and a short turnaround time between when doses are available in the vaccine ordering system and when orders are required to be placed. For our vaccine administration in February, we do not yet know if we will be provided the Pfizer vaccine or the Moderna vaccine. There are a limited number of doses available each week.
Individuals eligible for vaccination at this time are designated by the State’s current allocation system:
1A – High risk health care workers
1A – Long-term care facility staff and residents
1B – Moderate risk health care workers
1B – First responders
1B – People age 70+
The current timeline and estimated number of persons statewide in each category is as follows:
1A – High-risk health care workers (Dec/Jan) 76,000
1A – Long-term care facility staff and residents (Dec/Jan/Feb) 121,000
1B – Moderate risk health care workers and First Responders (Jan/Feb) 125,000
1B – People age 70+ (Jan/Feb) 562,000
Once the vaccine is more readily available for Elbert County residents in the 70+ population (early February 2021), individuals who have not been contacted by an affiliated health care system should contact a vaccine provider listed on the state’s website. Up-to-date information on vaccination opportunities will be posted on State and Elbert County webpages as it becomes available.
Seniors age 70+ who do not anticipate being contacted by an affiliated health system vaccine provider are encouraged to seek up-to-date information regarding vaccination opportunities on the State website as it becomes available. It is estimated that it will take a couple of months to vaccinate this entire population. Some pharmacies have the ability to contact clients who have previously filled a prescription or have been vaccinated at their site. When vaccine doses are available, many pharmacies will be an available provider for individuals age 70+.