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Covid vaccines opening to general public in Colorado on Friday

DENVER (KRDO) -- Gov. Jared Polis announced that Phase 2 of the COVID-19 vaccine distribution phase will begin on Friday. That means the general public in Colorado will be eligible for a vaccine starting April 2.

Gov. Polis hosted a news conference Monday to make the announcement. Watch below:

Colorado is currently in Phase 1B.4 of vaccine distribution, which includes many frontline and essential workers. With more vaccines coming available in recent weeks, the state has been able to move up its goals for vaccine distribution.

When the vaccine opens to the general public, you'll be able to sign up through a provider. See this link for information on vaccine providers in Colorado, or call 1-877-CO-VAX-CO.

Polis said he expects that anyone who wants a vaccine will be able to get one within 6-8 weeks when Phase 2 begins.

El Paso County Commissioner Stan VanderWerf says El Paso County is ready for the mass influx of patients expected with this new phase. “We’ve actually been planning this for some time and there are actually are a total of 98 locations in El Paso County that citizens can go to to get their vaccine,” VanderWerf says. For a list of locations where you can get your vaccine in El Paso County, click here.

However, after 13 Investigates uncovered a discrepancy with how many vaccines El Paso was receiving, would there be enough for the general public in Colorado Springs and its surrounding areas? VanderWerf says, “That’s still an issue but the state has stepped up and the gap, the shortfall, that we were very concerned about has been closed.”

As for when Colorado can return to a semblance of normalcy, Polis hopes that can happen by the end of summer. "By July we should have broad widespread immunity across the population," Polis says. However, he warns just because the finish line is in sight does not mean people should ease their mask wearing, social distancing, and other precations.

“We are not through this," Polis says. "There is enough people that haven’t been vaccinated and haven’t had it where they are absolutely could be another increase."

The governor added that people at a higher risk who still haven't received a vaccine will be prioritized even through Phase 2. Polis also announced that 70% of Coloradans aged 60 and over have now received their vaccines.

In total, 999,618 people in Colorado have been fully vaccinated as of Saturday, according to state data.

Andrew McMillan



  1. Really excited to be eligible for the vaccine that I won’t be getting……lol

  2. I have been contemplating whether or not to take the vaccine. The more I research and try to understand how the vaccine works the more uncertain I am to take it. Then, I heard that it was made from fetal cells. I did a little research on it. While not directing coming from aborted fetal cells, the Pfizer and moderna vaccines were tested on fetal cells grown from an aborted baby in the Netherlands in 1973 AKA fetal cell line HEK 293. The Johnson vaccine uses cells grown from an aborted baby from the Netherlands in 1985 AKA fetal cell line PER.C6 and infects PER.C6 fetal cell line cells with adenovirus to make the vaccine. I don’t care what the benefits are. I can’t do it. I can’t knowingly take a vaccine derived from the willful death of a baby. I doubt my life is in much danger without the vaccine, but even to save my life, I can’t do it. I would participate in the benefits of premeditated murder. I just can’t. I’m absolutely horrified that the governments of the world have not made this knowledge more public. Now, I’m aghast at what else was tested on these fetal lines that we don’t know about and have ignorantly accepted. If I am in error, someone please inform me otherwise with sources. My source was from Nebraska Medicine.

    1. At the end of the day it is up to you. I personally will do whatever it takes for me to be able to protect a life that is currently living. I would not be able to live with myself for causing someone who is alive right now to be in pain and anguish, even if it was inadvertently

      1. I understand what you are saying; I really do. I don’t judge anyone else for whether they take it or not, but knowing what I do now, I can’t do it. I want to protect others, but I can’t justify doing it in a way that I know in my heart violates God’s ways. Whenever I try to do good in my own way or justify doing what I know to be wrong by trying to make it right, there is a terrible price to pay. For example, when ACA first rolled out and I saw that abortion was covered, that ended me ever having medical insurance. That is non negotiable to me. I can’t willfully participate in it. At the time, I didn’t know what I was going to do, but another Christian informed me of medical bill sharing. God made a way for me to comply with the law without violating my faith. I’m going to have to trust that God will make a way for me in this, too. Hopefully, someone will make a vaccine without the use of fetal cells, or God will make another way unseen to me at this time. If I have to give up freedoms that others who receive the vaccine will enjoy, then so be it.

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