DENVER (KDVR) — Gov. Jared Polis says the goal of the state to vaccinate 70% of Coloradans over the age of 70 by the end of February remains on track.
Phase 1A to vaccinate all essential healthcare workers has been completed as planned, Polis said.
Approximately 97% of skilled nursing facilities have received the vaccine through Walgreens and CVS, Polis said. The program for those facilities is slower because it is being managed by the federal government, he said.
Polis’ Friday update came shortly after news broke that a national vaccine reserve promised by the federal government had already been exhausted when the government vowed to release it.
Polis responded to the news in a tweet, saying “I’m shocked we were lied to and there is no national reserve. Federal announcements that 2nd dose being held in reserve was going to be released led us to expect 210,000 doses next week, other Govs made similar plans. Now we find out we’ll only get 79,000 next week.”
Polis said his “guess is it’s gross incompetence” as to why the federal reserve was miscalculated and miscommunicated.
Also Friday, the governor announced an executive order to prevent providers from charging any amount of money to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
“I’m issuing an executive order today that makes sure that providers do not charge ay co-pay or fees and also don’t discriminate on the basis of ability to pay,” Polis said.
“Doesn’t matter who you’re insurance carrier is, if you don’t have insurance, any of that. Federally funded vaccine, ready to go, you are on equal footing as anybody else. Sign up and get it if you’re over 70,” he said.