Who Is Eligible For The Latest Round Of COVID-19 Vaccines?
More Coloradans will now be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine under Phase 1B.4, which begins Friday (Mar. 19).
According to state health officials, people 50 or older will be among those now eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
The new phase is expected to vaccinate about 2.5 million more Coloradans.
The following groups are among those eligible to receive the vaccine under Phase 1B.4:
- People 50 and older
- Student-facing higher education faculty and staff
- Frontline essential workers in food/restaurant services, manufacturing, U.S. Postal Service, public transit and specialized transportation, public health and human services
- Faith leaders
- Direct care providers for people experiencing homelessness
- Frontline essential journalists
- Continuity of local government
- Continuation of operations for state government
- Adults who received a placebo during a COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial
- People 16-49 with one high-risk health condition
In addition, those that have the following high-risk health conditions also qualify to get the vaccine:
- Cancer that required treatment in the last month
- Chronic kidney disease
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
- Diabetes (other than gestational diabetes)
- Down syndrome
- Heart failure, cardiomyopathies, coronary heart disease, or severe heart defects since birth
- Sickle cell disease
- An organ transplant
- Disabilities that require home care
- Disabilities that prevent mask-wearing
- Moderate or severe asthma
- Cerebrovascular disease (conditions that affect the brain’s blood supply)
- Cystic fibrosis
- High blood pressure
- Weakened immune system due to a bone marrow transplant, immune-suppressing medications, or other causes
- Neurologic conditions, including dementia
- Liver disease
- Pulmonary fibrosis (damaged or scarred lungs)
- Thalassemia (genetic disorder with abnormal red blood cells, which carry oxygen)
According to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), over 2 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have already been both distributed and administered across the state; over 791,000 Coloradans are considered fully immunized.
Check out where and how to get the COVID-19 vaccine in Fort Collins here.
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