Colorado Governor Jared Polis announced Thursday that Colorado will provide grants to primary care physicians to help them vaccinate residents against COVID-19.
The governor provided few details on how the program works, but did state that the initial grant for each registered clinic will be between $50,000 and $120,000, with additional compensation possible.
Polis said at a press conference that for some people who are hesitant to get the COVID-19 vaccine, “the most meaningful conversation they can have is a conversation with their doctor.” “Of course, they are used to it. Listen to the doctor’s treatment recommendations.”
From Thursday to the end of November, primary care practices can apply for the program. They will be approved on a rolling basis. Polis said family clinics, private clinics, pediatrician groups and other doctors are all eligible for the grant.
“By making it easier for doctors in clinics and offices across the state to get free COVID-19 vaccines, we can not only increase the community’s immunity to the virus, but we can also begin to establish these important healthcare connections for more Colorado people,” State Representative Yadira Caraveo, the three chairperson of the Colorado Vaccine Equity Working Group, said in a statement.
Polis said the grant can be used to hire temporary staff to help arrange appointments or conduct community outreach.
According to the state health department, so far, 67.6% of eligible Colorado people have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus.