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Johnson & Johnson pause may not affect Colorado’s vaccine equity efforts. But other issues persist.

A pause on Johnson & Johnson doses will do little to alter the course of Colorado’s COVID-19 vaccination campaign, Gov. Jared Polis’ office says. The single-dose option has recently accounted for only about 9,000 doses delivered to the state each week, “a drop in the bucket,” said Rick Palacio, who is helping lead vaccine equity […]

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For Indigenous rights activists in Colorado, coronavirus brought momentum and pushback

Tziavii Stevens was born in Denver, and grew up mostly on a reservation in Nevada. She was the only girl on the reservation with a Paiute name. Tziavii means “the wild rose.” Stevens didn’t grow up particularly politically engaged, but that changed when she went to her first protest in Pueblo at the age of […]

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Contact tracing in Colorado immigrant communities is most effective with voices from within

By Markian Hawryluk, Kaiser Health News Early in the pandemic, Ximena Rebolledo León, a registered nurse at Telluride Regional Medical Center in southwest Colorado, needed to find everyone who’d been in contact with a sick Latino restaurant worker whose boss had told him he would lose his job if he didn’t show up. The man […]

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5 weeks into Colorado’s coronavirus crisis, state health officials begin to request patient demographic details

During the first few weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic, state health officials did not actively collect data on hospitalizations and deaths by race or ethnicity, missing a vital opportunity to catalog and address potential inequities in access, treatment and outcomes for marginalized populations that other states have seen experience inordinate harm from the virus. With […]