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3 Pueblo County facilities to receive COVID-19 vaccines

Published: Dec. 11, 2020 at 2:28 PM MST
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PUEBLO, Colo. (KKTV) - Three institutions in Pueblo County will receive COVID-19 vaccines within the next week. According to the State Health Department, this includes Parkview Medical Center, the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment and the Colorado Mental Health Institute.

Here’s a breakdown of how many vaccines each facility should be receiving:

  • Parkview Medical Center: 1,000 Pfizer Vaccines, 2,500 Moderna Vaccines
  • Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment: 10 Pfizer Vaccines, 300 Moderna Vaccines
  • Colorado Mental Health Institution of Pueblo: 0 Pfizer Vaccines, 2,300 Moderna Vaccines

The first shipment of 46,800 Pfizer vaccines will reportedly head out next week and should be in Pueblo. 95,600 Moderna vaccines will be on the second shipment, according to CDPHE.

Randy Evetts, the Public Health Director for the Pueblo County Department of Public Health and Environment, says even with these vaccines, now is not the time for the community to forget health procedures for the virus. “This process, even if every person were to get a vaccine tomorrow, will take about 45 days before someone has immunity. So it’s not a process where we’re getting a shot and you take your mask off and throw it away” says Evetts.

The first round of vaccines will be for health care workers and those that are in direct contact with COVID-19 patients for more than 15 minutes at a time. For a full breakdown of when and who will get the vaccine, click here.

11 News reached out to Parkview Medical Center and they released a statement regarding the vaccines:

“Parkview Medical Center is pleased and excited to hear that COVID-19 vaccines are in-bound to Pueblo County. These vaccines have been thoroughly researched and we are confident in their efficacy. Immunity provided by vaccines will keep our healthcare heroes and community safe. We appreciate the efforts of the Pueblo Department of Health in vaccine planning, co-ordination and distribution.

After much anticipation, there appears to be a preventative tool that could finally put an end to this pandemic.”

Evetts knows having these vaccines come to Pueblo County is a huge deal, and is excited for what this could mean for the future. “It’s been a long eight or nine months for us and so it’s we’re not through this yet. We still have six or eight months to go before we get to a place where we’re starting to move back to normal, but it gives me hope. It’s an exciting development for our community”. says Evetts.

The Colorado Mental Health Institute also released a statement saying:

“We are excited to receive this vaccine and eager to begin distribution at our hospital. We serve a unique and vulnerable population and have been providing critical care throughout the pandemic. This vaccine will go a long way in helping us continue to protect patients and staff”

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