As the number of injections into weapons continues to increase slowly, approximately 75% of Colorado adults (approximately 3.4 million people) have at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
The coverage rate for adolescents is low, with 55% of adolescents between the ages of 12 and 17 having received at least one injection. Children 12 years of age and older can get the Pfizer vaccine. Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are options for people 16 years of age or older.
Considering adolescents, approximately 73% of eligible Colorado people have received the first shot—approximately 66% of eligible residents have been vaccinated, and Colorado lags behind 13 states and the District of Columbia.
When comparing the percentage of eligible residents who have been vaccinated at least once, the state ranks 21st. According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The state achieved its goal of partially vaccinating at least 70% of adults on July 3. Since then, some employers have announced mandatory requirements, and the State Health Commission voted on Monday to require almost all health care workers to be vaccinated.
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment estimates that approximately 4,300 doses of drugs have entered the weapons every day in the past week. The new vaccination rate has been slowly increasing for five consecutive weeks, and with the continuous influx of data, it may increase by one-sixth. Although the number of weekly injections decreased significantly from the peak in early April, it has increased by about 40% since the beginning of July.
Governor Jared Polis said this milestone is “key” to contain the more contagious variants of delta.
“More and more people are starting to stand by and protect themselves. But we need more Colorados to protect the health of them and their loved ones from this deadly virus, so I urge Colorados to be safe and effective. And FDA approved vaccines,” he said in a press conference.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration last week fully approved the Pfizer vaccine for people 16 years of age and older. The application to approve it for use in teenagers is still awaiting.
The state still had approximately 350,000 unused doses in late July, which must be used or discarded in late September. State Health Department spokesperson Jessica Bralish said that as of Tuesday, there are approximately 80,000 doses of Johnson & Johnson vaccine remaining, and the state expects to use all of them as initial doses or boosters before expiration.
The protection level of each county still differs greatly. More than 93% of eligible people in San Juan County have been vaccinated, but less than 30% of people in Cheyenne County have been vaccinated.
In the Denver area, the percentage of qualified people who are fully vaccinated are:
- Bloomfield: 79.2%
- Boulder County: 76.5%
- Denver: 73.5%
- Jefferson County: 72.5%
- Douglas County: 70.7%
- Arapahoe County: 68%
- Adams County: 64.5%
The chief medical officer of the state health department, Dr. Eric France, said that people should be vaccinated but continue to take other precautions, such as washing hands, wearing masks in public and keeping social distance as much as possible.
He said at the press conference: “We know that vaccines are very effective in protecting us from severe COVID-19, hospitalization or death.” “With the spread of the highly spread delta variant, now is the time to make sure you are protected. So that we can stop the spread of this virus.”
To find a vaccination clinic, please visit covid19.colorado.gov/vaccinefinder.