|Today Governor Polis provided an update on Colorado’s response to COVID-19 and discussed mental health practices during the holiday season. He was joined by Dr. Rachel Herlihy, State Epidemiologist, and Aimee Voth Siebert, Disaster Behavioral Health Lead at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE).
This week has been full of exciting news surrounding vaccine distribution. On Monday, Colorado received our first shipments of the Pfizer vaccine, and next week we are hopeful to receive our first shipment of the Moderna vaccines.
Sharing the news that the Pfizer vaccine vial, which was only labeled to contain five doses, actually yields a sixth dose when administered with precision, the Governor explained that this extra dose is an incredible, life-saving opportunity to increase our supply of the vaccine in Colorado by 20%. This means we can get even more people vaccinated sooner.
Additionally, the Governor sent a letter to vaccine providers asking them to use the sixth dose.
The State was expecting another allocation today of 67,860 vaccines, but we learned this week that Operation Warp Speed’s leadership has made a decision that changes the amount originally expected:
- Colorado’s next Pfizer allocation is expected to be 39,780 doses;
- 25,740 will be transferred to the CDC Pharmacy Partnership Program to support on-site vaccinations for Colorado’s skilled nursing facilities;
- 14,040 Pfizer vaccine doses will be assigned to providers; and
- Moderna vaccines will stay the same at 95,600 doses.