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Four more Colorado prisoners die after suspected coronavirus infections, bringing pandemic total to 24

Four Colorado prison inmates have died since Wednesday after apparently contracting COVID-19, bringing the total number of prisoners in the state whose deaths have been linked to the coronavirus to 24.  The new fatalities come even as active coronavirus cases in Colorado Department of Corrections facilities are decreasing after a spike that matched the worst […]

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Colorado’s vaccine schedule won’t salvage a school year upended by coronavirus

The coronavirus vaccine that began arriving in Colorado this month will have zero direct effect on this year’s school year, according to current state plans for its rollout. The first doses of the coveted vaccine are going to nurses and doctors who have been on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic. Nursing home residents […]

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Colorado begins vaccinating prison workers as coronavirus spreads

By Patty Nieberg and Colleen Slevin, The Associated Press/Report for America Colorado’s prison system has begun vaccinating its workers as the coronavirus continues to spread in its facilities. Frontline healthcare workers are the focus of the vaccination effort that began Tuesday in state prisons, but other workers have also received shots to avoid wasting any […]

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At risk of extinction, black-footed ferrets in Colorado get experimental COVID vaccine

By JoNel Aleccia, Kaiser Health News In late summer, as researchers accelerated the first clinical trials of COVID-19 vaccines for humans, a group of scientists in Colorado worked to inoculate a far more fragile species. About 120 black-footed ferrets, among the most endangered mammals in North America, were injected with an experimental COVID vaccine aimed […]

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Colorado isn’t changing its vaccine priority plan for now, despite new federal recommendations

Colorado health officials are not currently planning to change the state’s priority list for coronavirus vaccination, despite new recommendations from a federal committee. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices — known more commonly as ACIP — over the weekend released new guidance on who it believes should be next […]

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Colorado will receive fewer doses of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine this week than expected

The federal government has told Colorado it will receive thousands fewer doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine in a second shipment than originally expected, although the state anticipates the numbers contained in future shipments will be standardized, Colorado’s health department says. Colorado had expected to receive 56,550 Pfizer doses on Friday after getting an initial […]

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Colorado hospitals are rapidly vaccinating their staff against coronavirus. Questions remain about the timing of who comes next.

Before dawn Thursday morning, Montana Nash finished another 12-hour shift as a nurse in the intensive care unit at Swedish Medical Center in Englewood and hurried to her next appointment. It had been a normal shift by the standards of the current surge of coronavirus across Colorado, which is to say it had been awful. […]

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Colorado lawmaker who also works as ER nurse gets coronavirus vaccine, hopes to show others it’s safe

Kyle Mullica, a state representative who also works as an emergency room nurse, received his first dose of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine on Wednesday, saying he hopes to show others that the inoculation is safe and leaving open the possibility of legislative action to ensure it reaches enough people to end the pandemic.   “I trust the […]