Find out when you're eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine

Last updated April 2, 2021.

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  Now vaccinating

  • General public age 16 and over

Please note: 
  • As we move through phases, people in previous phases remain eligible.

  • We may continue to prioritize by age in phase 2 if we remain constrained by supply.

  • Timeline subject to change based on supply chain. Prioritization subject to change based on data, science, availability.

* The intent of this classification is to prioritize workers who cannot maintain physical distance from others at their place of employment and workers who work in close contact with many people, especially indoors and in places with poor ventilation.

Vaccine phases

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Phase 1A  

 Now vaccinating

Highest-risk health care workers and individuals: 

  • People who have direct contact with COVID-19 patients for 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period. 

  • Long-term care facility staff and residents.

 

Phase 1B.1

 Now vaccinating

Coloradans age 70+, moderate-risk health care workers, and first responders:

  • Health care workers with less direct contact with COVID-19 patients (e.g. home health, hospice, pharmacy, dental, etc.) and EMS.

  • Firefighters, police,  COVID-19 response personnel, correctional workers, and funeral services.

  • People age 70 and older.

 

Phase 1B.2

 Now vaccinating

Coloradans age 65-69, PK-12 educators and child care workers in licensed child care programs, and state government:

  • People age 65-69.

  • Child care workers in licensed child care programs, teachers (full-time and substitutes), bus, food, counselors, administrative, safety, and other support services offered inside the school.

  • Select members of the executive and judicial branches of state government (members of the legislative branch have already received access to the vaccine).

 

Phase 1B.3

  Now vaccinating

People age 60 and older, frontline essential agricultural and grocery store workers, and people age 16-59 with two or more high-risk conditions:

  • People age 60 and older.

  • Frontline essential workers in grocery and agriculture: The intent of this classification is to prioritize current workers who cannot maintain physical distance from others at their place of employment, who work in close contact with many people, especially indoors, and in places with poor ventilation including meatpacking workers; grocery store workers; and agricultural processing workers.

  • People age 16-59 with two or more of the following high-risk conditions: Cancer (defined as patients who are currently receiving treatment or have received treatment within the last month for cancer), chronic kidney disease, COPD, diabetes mellitus (types 1 and 2), Down syndrome, specific heart conditions (heart failure, cardiomyopathies or coronary heart disease, and severe valvular/congenital heart disease), obesity (BMI of 30 or more), pregnancy, sickle cell disease, solid organ transplant, individuals with disabilities who require direct care in their home, and people with disabilities that prevent them from wearing masks.

 

Phase 1B.4

  Now vaccinating

People age 50 and older, frontline workers, people with high risk conditions, and the continuation of operations for state government and continuity of local government:

  • People age 50 and older.

  • Frontline workers in the following fields:

    • Higher education: The intent of this classification is to prioritize current educators who work in close contact with many people especially indoors, including all student-facing staff in community colleges and colleges. Student-facing staff includes instructors, professors, vocational educators and staff providing safety and other support services offered inside the school.

    • Food/restaurant services: The intent of this classification is to prioritize current workers who cannot maintain physical distance from others at their place of employment, who work in close contact with many people, especially indoors, including but not limited to restaurant cooks, dishwashers, servers, and other workers in restaurant settings; and food pantry/assistance workers.

    • Manufacturing: The intent of this classification is to prioritize workers in manufacturing settings who cannot maintain physical distance from others at their place of employment and workers who work in close contact with many people, especially indoors and in places with poor ventilation.

    • US postal service: The intent of this classification is to prioritize current workers who work for the US postal service in positions where they cannot maintain physical distance at work and work in close contact with many people, especially indoors. This includes post office clerks and mail sorters.

    • Public transit and specialized transportation: The intent of this classification is to prioritize current workers in public transit and who have specialized transportation staff who cannot maintain physical distance from others at their place of employment, workers who work in close contact with many people especially indoors including but not limited to bus drivers, specialized transportation staff who work in our tunnels, specialized transportation staff such as air traffic controllers, train conductors, pilots, and airline stewards.

    • Public health: The intent of this classification is to prioritize current workers in governmental public health agencies with public facing duties and heightened risk of exposure. This includes public health and environment staff, including inspectors, engaged in direct public health service delivery.

    • Human service workers: The intent of this classification is to prioritize current workers who cannot maintain physical distance at their place of employment in the course of their work, such as those who work in close contact with other people, especially indoors. This includes but is not limited to social workers, community health workers, those who work in client homes, in community locations, and at human services work locations, and others who provide direct or in-person services to elderly and disabled populations, at domestic violence advocacy organizations, or in-person resource providers.

    • Faith leaders: The intent of this classification is to prioritize those who in the course of leading faith services cannot easily maintain physical distance and must come into close contact with other people indoors. This includes current faith leaders who must enter hospitals or other care facilities to perform last rites, who officiate life rites such as weddings and baptisms, and who lead worship services.

    • Direct care providers for Coloradans experiencing homelessness: The intent of this classification is to prioritize workers who work in close contact with many other people, especially indoors, including but not limited to those who work and provide direct services in shelters for people experiencing homelessness.

    • Journalists: The intent of this classification is to prioritize journalists who in the course of their work cannot easily maintain physical distance and come into contact with the public in the course of their work while conducting interviews or covering live events, especially indoors.

  • Continuity of local government: The intent of this classification is to ensure the continuity of county, municipal and other local governments. It includes select executives of those governments and a limited amount of essential support staff needed to provide for continuity of government, including members of the judicial branch who regularly come into contact with the public (e.g. state and county court trial judges, court administrators, public defenders and probation staff.)

  • Continuation of operations for state government: The intent of this classification is to ensure the continuity of essential state government services. It includes select staff needed to deliver essential services to the people of Colorado , as identified in the agencies’ continuity of operations plans.

  • People age 16 to 49 with one of the following higher risk conditions: The intent of this classification is to vaccinate Coloradans who have risk of severe outcomes from COVID-19. It includes Coloradans with:

    •  Asthma (moderate to severe)

    • Cancer (if you are currently receiving treatment or have received treatment within the last month)

    • Cerebrovascular disease (affects blood vessels and blood supply to the brain)

    • Chronic kidney disease

    • COPD

    • Cystic fibrosis

    • Diabetes (type 1 and 2)

    • Disabilities that require direct care at home

    • Disabilities that prevent mask-wearing

    • Down syndrome

    • Heart failure, cardiomyopathies or coronary heart disease, or severe valvular/congenital heart disease

    • HIV

    • Hypertension/high blood pressure

    • Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from a blood or bone marrow transplant

    • Immune deficiency

    • Liver disease

    • Neurologic conditions (such as dementia)

    • Obesity (BMI of 30 or more)

    • Pregnancy

    • Pulmonary fibrosis (damaged or scarred lung tissues)

    • Sickle cell disease

    • Solid organ transplant

    • Thalassemia (a type of blood disorder)

    • Use of corticosteroids or other immune-weakening medicines

  • Adults who received a placebo during a COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial.

 

Phase 2

  Now vaccinating

The general public age 16 and over.

  • The intent of this classification is to vaccinate any Coloradans who were not included in earlier phases because they have lower risk of exposure or are less likely to have severe outcomes from COVID-19. May be further segmented by age if needed.

Frequently asked questions

  • No. People do not need to be full-time residents of Colorado, nor of a particular Colorado county, to be vaccinated by enrolled providers. If people meet eligibility criteria in Colorado's Phased Prioritization, they should be vaccinated in the same way as other eligible Coloradans.

  • Vaccines must be proven to be safe and effective before they are given to people. The COVID-19 vaccines are no different. These vaccines are being proven safe every day, as hundreds of thousands of Coloradans – doctors, nurses, seniors, and others – have already taken them.  Nationally, many millions of people have also received the vaccine.

  • The FDA requires that vaccines undergo a rigorous scientific process, including three phases of clinical trials, before they authorize or approve the vaccine. The COVID-19 vaccines are subject to the same safety standards as other vaccine trials.

  • You may experience mild to moderate side effects after receiving the vaccine. Side effects typically go away on their own after a few days. The most commonly reported side effects are: 

    • Pain, swelling, and redness at the injection site.

    • Pain, tenderness and swelling of the lymph nodes in the same arm of the injection.

    • Fatigue.

    • Headache.

    • Muscle pain.

    • Chills.

    • Joint pain.

    • Nausea/vomiting.

    • Fever.

  • Different people may experience different side effects, even if they receive the same vaccine. 

  • The process of building immunity can cause symptoms. These symptoms are normal and show that your body’s immune system is responding to a vaccine. Other routine vaccines, like the flu vaccine, have similar side effects.

  • If you experience discomfort after the first dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, it is very important that you still receive the second dose a few weeks later for full protection.

  • For in-depth information about the side effects of the vaccines, see the CDC’s report on the Pfizer vaccine, the Moderna vaccine, and the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine.

For more information on the COVID-19 vaccine, please call:

1-877-CO VAX CO (1-877-268-2926)
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