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Colorado’s vaccine dashboard paints unclear picture of county distribution

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- State data provided by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment currently shows that some Colorado counties have administered more vaccines than distributed to them.

State officials tell us there are a variety of reasons for the difference, but the current data makes it difficult to determine if counties are effectively using their vaccine doses.

Colorado COVID-19 Vaccine Administering data, CDPHE
Colorado COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution data, CDPHE

The state launched the vaccine data dashboard late Friday following KRDO's reporting that El Paso County wasn't getting its fair share of COVID-19 vaccine doses based on population.

According to the data charts above, several counties show that they've administered more doses than they've received. However, state health officials tell us those charts aren't the whole story.

CDPHE tells KRDO the list doesn't include vaccines distributed through federal programs like the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program. It also doesn't account for distributers in one county who may ship doses to another county in the state.

On top of that, the state says the chart of "vaccines administered" is based on the patient's county of residence, not where they actually received the vaccine.

CDPHE says the dashboard is in its early phases and the state is focused on transparency in the vaccine allocation process.

Coronavirus / State & Regional News

Chelsea Brentzel

Chelsea is an investigative reporter for KRDO NewsChannel 13. Learn more about Chelsea here.

Andrew McMillan

Andrew is the Digital Content Director for KRDO.com. Learn more about Andrew here.

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  1. This information is meaningless and incomplete. The chart doesn’t even give numbers for Denver county, the largest distribution area. Please wait until you have actual data to publish KRDO, this is something a second grader would turn in for a book report.

    Distributors are moving vaccine around between counties, unregulated by the state??? That is what the article suggests. If that is the case, there is no state regulation and it’s an unplanned free for all.

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