Polis: General public eligible for COVID vaccine starting Friday in Colorado


DENVER — All Coloradans over the age of 16 will be eligible for a COVID vaccine starting this Friday, April 2, Gov. Jared Polis said Monday.

Appointments will still be required for the general public to receive the vaccine, and Polis said not everyone will be able to get an appointment immediately. He said it will likely take six to eight weeks for everyone who wants the vaccine to get their first dose.

Polis estimated every adult who wants the vaccine will have received their first dose by mid-to-late May.

The Pfizer vaccine is approved for people ages 16 and up, and the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are approved for adults ages 18 and up. No vaccines have been approved for children under 16.

Polis said within the next week or so, the state will launch four mobile vaccine clinics. These buses will deliver the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine to medically underserved areas, starting in southeastern Colorado.

Polis also said he hopes to give more authority to cities and counties to set their own coronavirus-related guidance by mid-April.

“Really the only types of events that will remain under state guidance will be large-scale events, thousands of people together,” Polis said. “Doesn’t mean they can’t occur, it just means there need to be thoughtful health guidelines like there are for the Rockies at Coors Field, like there are for other major events. Otherwise, that will be returning local.”

Colorado’s statewide mask mandate is currently set to expire next week. Polis said he will likely be extending that mandate for two weeks.

“We’re likely to have about a two-week extension of that mask order to get us to that point where we more formally devolve the authority,” Polis said. “We’re also expecting that we will continue the rest of the school year with the mask requirement in schools, because we don’t want to risk the return to in-person education.”

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