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Colorado is about to change its coronavirus vaccine priority list – again – The Colorado Sun

Colorado State. Jared Polis said on Tuesday that the state will soon announce more changes to its priority list for the Coronavirus vaccine, with the transfer of people between the ages of 65 and 69 and possibly others.

Changes are a response to The new directive is expected From the federal government, which will do that too It said We recommend giving higher priority to adults of any age with serious medical conditions.

At a news conference on Tuesday, Polis said the state would “of course” adopt the upcoming federal directives. He said the state will soon release a new priority list, with those between the ages of 65 and 69 becoming eligible within two weeks to receive the vaccine.

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But Polis also said the country does not want the new group ahead of seniors 70 or older.

“We want to give priority to those who are most vulnerable.” Police said. There is a difference between 60 years, 70 years and 80 years. … we don’t want to pressure an 82-year-old man for 66. “

The changes could overload the nation’s priority structure. Almost every place in Colorado has finished vaccinating high-priority healthcare workers – designated Phase 1A in the state’s current plan – and they have moved on to the next cohort, Phase 1B.

Stage 1B – which houses an estimated 1.3 million people – is currently split in two. The upper half of Stage 1B includes first responders and all adults over the age of 70. The bottom half includes primary frontline workers such as teachers and grocery clerks.

Currently, people between the ages of 60 and 69 and adults of any age with underlying medical conditions are included in Phase 2 of the state plan, which is set to begin in the spring.

According to estimates From the State Demography OfficeThere are approximately 288,000 people in Colorado between the ages of 65 and 69. It is unclear how many Colorado residents would be considered to have underlying medical conditions that would qualify them for a higher priority, but an earlier draft of the state’s vaccination plan suggests that it could be greater than 1.5 million.

Polis did not respond to a question about whether the new priority structure would clash with teachers and other key personnel on the list.

Federal officials are reportedly preparing to announce that they will start handing out all available vaccine doses to the states, rather than blocking some of them to cover the booster shots needed for current vaccines, produced by Pfizer and Moderna. The federal government intends to rely on increases in production to ensure that adequate doses are produced on time for booster doses.

Police said he would welcome the change, and Colorado hospital leaders said they were ramping up their ability to deliver the vaccine.

“The limiting factor is the availability of vaccines that enter the system,” said Peter Banko, President and CEO of Centura Health, which expects to be able to vaccinate more than 22,000 people a week by the end of February.

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