In case you are eligible and keen, there’s some encouraging COVID-19 vaccination information this week.
Eagle County expects to obtain 4,500 doses of the only dose Janssen vaccine, also called the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, in time for Friday and Saturday clinics this week. Right here is the additional encouraging half — as of early this week, there have been solely 2,600 eligible individuals preregistered to obtain vaccinations this week.
“We’re strongly encouraging everybody eligible to request an appointment at eaglecountycovid.org as quickly as attainable,” stated Eagle County Communications Director Kris Widlak.
State pointers issued late final week have expanded eligibility to incorporate:
- Grocery staff
- Agriculture staff
- Individuals age 60 and older
- Individuals age 16 to 59 who’ve two or extra excessive danger circumstances which embrace most cancers, persistent kidney illness, COPD, diabetes mellitus (sorts 1 and a couple of), Down syndrome, particular coronary heart circumstances (coronary heart failure, cardiomyopathies or coronary coronary heart illness, and extreme valular/congenital coronary heart illness), weight problems, being pregnant, sickle cell illness, stable organ transplant, people with disabilities who require direct care of their dwelling and other people with disabilities that forestall them from carrying masks.
The newly eligible populations can obtain vaccinations starting Friday, March 5.
As soon as somebody is registered for vaccination, no additional motion is required. Vaccine provide continues to be restricted, so if the variety of sign-ups exceeds the obtainable quantity of vaccine doses, appointments shall be issued primarily based on a random drawing amongst those that are eligible. Those that are chosen to obtain a vaccination shall be contacted utilizing textual content messaging or the e-mail deal with they offered to schedule an appointment.
Appointments are required; anybody who reveals up at a clinic with out an appointment is not going to obtain a vaccine.
Throughout his weekly presentation to the Eagle County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday, Birch Barron, the county’s emergency administration director, stated present information signifies that vaccine may very well be obtainable to most of the people as early as April.
“We have been considering it was a giant query mark if we may get to all of the (at present eligible) teams summer season,” he stated. “This simply makes me so extremely glad.”
He famous the massive cargo headed to Eagle County this week signifies that vaccination can take a giant step ahead over the following seven days. Presently, the county has administered greater than 18,600 doses of vaccine. With the brand new cargo, that quantity will prime 23,000 doses.
“We’re taking a look at someplace round a fifth of our inhabitants, possibly extra, being vaccinated,” Barron stated.
Hovering in yellow
Whereas the vaccination report for this week is encouraging, Eagle County’s COVID-19 danger stage is a little more precarious. The county stays at Stage Yellow on the state’s danger meter, however simply barely. To stay within the yellow zone, the county has to have a COVID-19 incidence charge of not more than 300 instances per 100,000 individuals. The county’s present incidence charge is 296 instances.
“That (being within the yellow part) has meant a lot for a lot of companies in our group,” Barron stated. Remaining within the yellow is a group duty, he stated.
“It’s actually necessary that we concentrate on being clever about our social interactions,” he famous. “However the purpose of our COVID precautions are usually not simply to maintain to some quantity down on a graph. It it’s to forestall extreme illness in our group.”
There have been 159 new COVID-19 instances reported in Eagle County over the previous week.
Eagle County is getting ready for the subsequent spherical of vaccination eligibility, introduced final week Gov. Jared Polis. Eligibility for the following part contains individuals aged 50 years and older, individuals aged 16 to 49 with one excessive danger situation, restaurant, manufacturing, mail supply, public transit, religion leaders, and front-line human service staff, and other people employed for the continuity of native authorities. Pre-registration for this part will start in roughly two weeks with vaccinations anticipated to begin in late March.
Those that obtain their vaccine are reminded of the significance of continuous to observe the 5 commitments of containment for the well being and security of your entire group.
Native data on COVID-19, together with the vaccine rollout, is repeatedly up to date at eaglecountycovid.org.