DENVER, CO (STL.News) Following a visit with Vice President Kamala Harris, Governor Jared Polis provided an update on Colorado’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the State’s efforts to vaccinate Coloradans. Governor Polis was joined by Dr. Rachel Herlihy, State Epidemiologist, and Dr. Jon Samet, an epidemiologist and the dean at Colorado’s School of Public Health.
“We have made incredible progress in vaccinating our most vulnerable here in Colorado, including now having vaccinated 77% of Coloradans ages 70 and older. But until we can get more shots into arms, let’s continue to do our part to stay safe and protect others from this deadly virus and wear a mask around others,” said Governor Polis.
Dr. Rachel Herlihy shared more information about the tracking of COVID-19 variants. The State has identified four different variants in Colorado, and the State is using all tools available to protect public health including contact tracing.
Governor Polis also reassured Coloradans that vaccine appointments canceled over the weekend due to the snow will be rescheduled. Many health care providers, including Kaiser, UC Health, and SCL Health, are working around the clock to contact patients and reschedule their appointments. There is no need to contact the vaccine provider and they will be contacting individuals to reschedule.