COVID-19 vaccinations have officially made their way to Park County, and a public statement was released by Park County Public Health last week confirming the good news.

The statement, in part, reads as follows:

“Park County Public Health began to administer the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to Park County residents, beginning with frontline workers including healthcare personnel and emergency responders, representing agencies from across the county including law enforcement, EMS, and fire protection services. The next Phase 1 clinic will be held in Bailey later this week.

The vaccine is being distributed in a phased approach and is not yet widely available. With guidance from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Park County plans to deliver the vaccine in three phases.  More information about provider settings and options for Phase 2 and Phase 3 recipients will be coming soon – please visit the Park County COVID-19 Vaccine Resource webpage for regular updates.

For all the facts about Colorado’s vaccination program, including a daily total of vaccine administered in the state, please visit: https://covid19.colorado.gov/vaccine and https://covid19.colorado.gov/vaccine-faq.”

The phases and order of distribution, as well as specific segments of the population and where they fall within those phases, can be accessed at https://parkco.us/810/Vaccine-Resources.  

A form is also available on the site for those who believe they fit within the Phase 1A or 1B populations, as well as those who wish to pre-register for the COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available for their priority group.”

The site also stated the following with regards to distribution phases and availability of the vaccine.

“Park County Public Health is currently administering vaccines to Phase 1A and 1B populations. The initial supply of vaccines will be very limited and will be distributed in a swift, fair, and efficient way.”

A form is available on the site for individuals who wish to pre-register for the COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available in their priority group.

“Once we are ready to vaccinate your priority group, you will be contacted,” the site states.

“We expect that the initial supply of COVID-19 vaccines will be very limited for several months. This means that a vaccine will not be immediately available to everyone who wants one. To be as fair and efficient with distribution as possible, the state has developed a phased approach to vaccine distribution to save lives and end the crisis that has been brought on by the pandemic as quickly as possible.”

There is no cost required for those receiving the vaccine, according to the site.

“Cost will not be an obstacle to getting the vaccine. Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance are required to cover the cost of the COVID-19 vaccines. In addition, uninsured Coloradans will have access to free vaccines. More importantly, a vaccine provider may not turn you away for the vaccine because of an inability to pay or your medical coverage status.”

The county’s web site also contains information about what one can expect at his or her vaccination appointment, as well as a detailed description pertaining those who should not be vaccinated:

“The Moderna vaccine has received an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) by the FDA and is considered to be highly safe and effective at preventing COVID-19 infections. This vaccine requires two doses to complete the series, spaced one month apart. Most people 18 years and older are able to safely receive the vaccine, except those who have:

-Tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 90 days

-Had a severe allergic reaction after a previous dose of this vaccine

-Had a severe allergic reaction to any ingredient of this vaccine”

Finally, the Park County website provides a lengthy compilation of vaccine resources and information which readers might find useful.

Stay tuned to The Flume for more information pertaining to COVID-19 vaccinations as it becomes available.

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