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How people over the age of 70 will get vaccinated in Colorado

Published: Jan. 6, 2021 at 3:41 PM MST
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) -Colorado is focusing on making sure one of the most vulnerable populations in our state is getting a COVID-19 vaccine.

The state says healthcare workers and those who are 70 and older can get vaccinated as quickly as possible and are scheduled to next in the state’s COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Plan. To do so, you should first reach out to your healthcare provider.

A majority of seniors will be able to get the vaccine at the hospital. Those who are 70 and older can also get it through public health agencies, health care centers and through retail pharmacies like CVS and Walgreens.

Their goal is to have that group vaccinated by Feb. 28.

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis says the vast majority of deaths here in our state are people who are over the age of 70. That age group also makes up more than one-third of hospitalizations.

" I think that we have increase the confidence because people have seen that we are using science and data to guide our decisions,” Gov. Polis said in a press conference. “So when the CDC updated their’s, which is what led to us updating ours, they said 75 and up then we really dug into the information and data in Colorado and found that 78 percent of our deaths or age 70 up so we adopted and actually expanded it.”

Local Health Care providers are preparing to start vaccinating seniors. Here’s what Centura Health told 11 News on Wednesday.

Centura Health is focused on vaccinating individuals aged 70-plus. We will be launching additional vaccination sites to ensure we reach as many people as possible. You must have an appointment to receive the vaccine and we cannot accommodate walk-ins.

When the time comes for your vaccine, invitations will be sent via our patient portal, MyCenturaHealth. For anyone who cannot access the online account, we will provide instructions to set up an account when they are invited to receive the vaccine. If you do not have a MyCenturaHealth account, we will provide instructions on how to set up your account once you are eligible for the vaccine.

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