COVID-19 vaccine

Updated February 26, 2021.
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Coloradans

By vaccinating people who are most likely to get COVID-19 first, we can slow the spread of the virus across the state and keep more Coloradans safe. 
 

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Get the facts 

See our answers to your most important questions about getting a vaccine, safety and development, immunity, Emergency Use Authorization, and more.
 

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Finder

See our list of vaccine providers across the state, including options specifically for individuals 70 and older, and vaccine information from local public health departments.

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Providers

The COVID-19 pandemic is unprecedented and distributing a COVID-19 vaccine will require a large-scale effort by state, local, and private sector partners. 

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As providers administer more vaccine doses, CDPHE will be able to add additional data points to this dashboard.

Safety and effectiveness

Once a company develops a vaccine, it must go through a rigorous scientific testing process before it can be submitted to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA independently reviews the information from these tests to make sure the vaccine is safe and works well, and then decides whether the vaccine can be licensed and made available to the public.

Vaccines must go through a detailed scientific evaluation before pharmaceutical companies can submit them to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for approval. Each phase of the evaluation includes three different clinical research studies or trials.

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People volunteer to take part in clinical research studies. Each clinical trial emphasizes safety of the vaccine on people.

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As the research moves through to the next phase, the group of volunteers becomes bigger to include more diversity in people and circumstances.  

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A diverse group of people volunteered to participate in every phase of the clinical trials, including populations disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 due to generations of systemic inequities.

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

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Additionally, two independent advisory committees - FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee and CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices - will also review a vaccine’s safety data before it is made available to the public.

Different COVID-19 vaccines
Authorized and recommended vaccines Pfizer Moderna  
Vaccines in phase 3 clinical trials Astrazeneca Janssen Novavax

CDC vaccine profiles

 


When can I expect to get a COVID-19 vaccine and where do I get it? 

We expect that the initial supply of COVID-19 vaccine(s) will be very limited for several months. This means that a vaccine will not be immediately available to everyone who wants one.

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Colorado is currently vaccinating eligible Coloradans in Phase 1 and will move into subsequent phases.

 

Once a vaccine is available to all Coloradans, we will provide information for available vaccine providers.

 

To slow the spread of disease, Coloradans should continue to use basic public health guidance, like physical distancing and mask-wearing, until a vaccine is widely available and used by Coloradans. 

 

 

COVID-19 vaccine distribution table

Phases Eligibility
Phase 1A

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

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

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

  • 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).

  • People age 65-69.

Phase 1B.3

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: 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 People age 50 and older, frontline essential 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 essential 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.

    • Frontline essential workers in 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.

    • Frontline essential workers in 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.

    • Frontline essential workers for the 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.

    • Frontline essential workers in 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.

    • Frontline essential workers in 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.

    • Frontline essential 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.

    • Frontline essential 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.

    • Frontline essential 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 one condition listed in 1B.3 or asthma (moderate-to-severe), Cerebrovascular disease (affects blood vessels and blood supply to the brain), Cystic fibrosis, Hypertension or high blood pressure, Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from blood or bone marrow transplant, immune deficiencies, HIV, use of corticosteroids, or use of other immune weakening medicines, Neurologic conditions, such as dementia, Liver disease, Pulmonary fibrosis (having damaged or scarred lung tissues), Thalassemia (a type of blood disorder). 

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

Phase 2

General public:

  • 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.

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

**Please note: 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.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE COVID-19 VACCINE, PLEASE CALL:

1-877-CO VAX CO (1-877-268-2926)
Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
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