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Here’s what to expect as the Colorado legislature starts its 2021 lawmaking term with a “soft open”

The Colorado General Assembly gavels to a start Wednesday, but leaders are calling it a “soft open.” The state legislature plans to work for three days before adjourning until Feb. 16 — a move designed to limit potential exposure to COVID-19 as case counts rise.  The timeout punts the bulk of the lawmaking down the […]

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“It’s like Lady Gaga tickets”: Colorado health officials need help managing vaccine demand

At Lyon’s Corner Drug, a historic pharmacy and old-fashioned soda fountain on the main strip in Steamboat Springs, more than 100 older residents lined up on a bitter cold morning when the temperature dipped to single digits.  The pharmacists’ children, two of them dressed as Disney princesses, delivered ice cream and caramels to the folks […]

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Colorado is about to change its coronavirus vaccine priority list — again

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis said Tuesday that the state will soon announce more changes to its priority list for the coronavirus vaccine, with people between the ages of 65 and 69 and possibly others being moved up. The changes are in response to new guidance from the federal government, which will also recommend giving greater […]

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Colorado will rework its dial system once people age 70 and older are vaccinated, governor says

Colorado will make changes to its coronavirus dial system in the spring to reduce restrictions on businesses and people’s movement once a majority of those age 70 and older are vaccinated, Gov. Jared Polis said. People older than 70 account for about half of the state’s COVID-19 hospitalizations and roughly 75% of its coronavirus deaths. […]

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Colorado lawmakers will get access to COVID-19 vaccine ahead of thousands of others in second phase

Colorado lawmakers will have access to a COVID-19 vaccine for the 2021 lawmaking term that begins Wednesday, likely moving them ahead of hundreds of thousands of others in the state’s second inoculation phase.  House Speaker Alec Garnett, D-Denver, confirmed that members of the General Assembly are being prioritized. Legislators are expected to receive two doses […]

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Colorado’s coronavirus vaccine rollout is confusing and frustrating — but also working, state leaders say

On Thursday, Colorado Lt. Gov Dianne Primavera did what hundreds of thousands of Coloradans her age are wishing they could also do. “I’m in the wave that’s getting the COVID vaccine,” Primavera, who is 70 and a cancer survivor, said in a video posted to Facebook as she sat next to a health worker preparing […]

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Summit County ahead of schedule when it comes to vaccine distribution

By Libby Stanford, The Summit Daily News As other counties across the state struggle to roll out vaccination programs, Summit County is receiving praise for its approach to distribution. At a Summit County Board of Health meeting Tuesday, Jan. 5, officials shared how the county’s drive-thru method for distributing the vaccine has received attention across […]

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Colorado reshuffles its coronavirus vaccination plan, moves essential workers and people 70 and older up in line

Colorado again made significant changes to its coronavirus vaccination plan on Wednesday, moving older Coloradans and essential workers, such as teachers, up in priority. But big questions about how it will all work remain unresolved. Gov. Jared Polis said at a morning news conference that people 70 and older are now eligible for vaccination in […]

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Colorado now has enough coronavirus vaccine for all frontline health care workers — and is poised to move into Phase 1b

Colorado hospitals and health clinics have now received enough coronavirus vaccine to provide a first dose to all frontline health care workers in the state, the Colorado National Guard general overseeing the state’s vaccine distribution system said Tuesday. Brig. Gen. Scott Sherman said the state expected to have more than 195,000 doses of vaccine “on […]