Yesterday, Colorado submitted a vaccine distribution plan of COVID-19 to CDC after seeing a hike in the number of cases in the state. Governor Jared Polis announced everything in the press conference held on Friday Morning.
This submission of the plan of distribution does not suggest that vaccines will be available directly. Polis said in his statement that an approved COVID-19 vaccine will not be available before the end of November, and once it would be available, the initial supply would be very tight.
It was shown how the vaccine will be distributed even though we don’t have an actual vaccine yet. Polis said, “the world doesn’t transform overnight when there’s a vaccine that works.”
This all has been done since the cases of COVID-19 are continuously increasing in Colorado. Yesterday, there were new cases of over 1,300 and nearly 350 infected people were in the hospital. Governor, through the news conference, suggested people take all the necessary steps whether the vaccine is available or not. He suggested people avoid large gatherings, wear masks, and keep the social distance from each other.
In case, the cases will continue to mount in the state then, more restrictions would be applied in some counties. Schools, churches, bars, and restaurants may see more restrictions. The announcement to wear the mandatory mask and no gathering of over 5 people were made in the City of Denver.
In the press conference, some officials were also present along with Polis. They didn’t confirm the exact date of when the state might receive vaccines, and how many doses it would be available. As of now, there is no detail about the effectiveness of the vaccine and for how much time a person would be immune from getting infected.
GEERC’s distribution plan will guide to all the local jurisdictions on how to vaccinate the people and what should be the time of interval or next doses.
Colorado’s vaccine distribution plan includes providing doses to a critical part of the population and health workers. The plan can be amended, Polis said. It would be categorized into 4 groups to decide which citizens would get the doses first. You can check the place here.
Critical Workforce = This group includes health-care workers, emergency medical services, police officers, firefighters, and critical public health personnel.
Essential Workers = This group includes the people who work for critical business and are deemed essential by that business.
Individuals at Risk for Moderate to Severe Disease and Death = This group includes people with a high-risk of severe diseases. People more than the age of 65, obese, cancer patients, diabetic, and people residing in the long-term facility or nursing are included in this group.
General Public = Adults ages 18-64.