Colorado opens vaccine eligibility floodgates: All residents 16 and older can sign up starting April 2

Gov. Polis cautions that despite eligibility it might still take weeks to book an appointment

By: - March 29, 2021 1:05 pm
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A senior prepares to get the COVID-19 vaccine at a drive-thru clinic at St. Cajetan Catholic Church in Denver on Feb. 6, 2021. (Faith Miller/Colorado Newsline)

Gov. Jared Polis announced on Monday that anyone 16 and older will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine starting on Friday.

“This is a really important step that Colorado will be taking,” the governor said during a media briefing.


The announcement comes just 10 days after the most recent vaccine priority group opened, which includes about 2.5 million Coloradans who are 50 and older, have high-risk health conditions, or are essential workers.

The vaccine eligibility floodgates are opening as the state is seeing a spike in COVID-19 variant cases and restrictions are slowly lifting in many parts of the state. Last week, Colorado adjusted it’s COVID-19 dial to ease restrictions on businesses and restaurants and allow counties to open up more if their case counts are low enough.

“The good news is that the vaccines are still highly effective against the variant so that’s why we need to be patient,” Polis said on Monday. “In these final few weeks, we need to wear masks, which also work against the variants, we need to have social distance to avoid large get-togethers with other people and to avoid seeing others in indoor settings that don’t live under your own roof.”

Polis warned on Monday that not all who are eligible starting April 2 will be able to schedule an appointment right away. He anticipates the process to inoculate all the Coloradans who want the vaccine will take between six to eight weeks.

In response to a media question about how the state is going to ensure that people higher on the priority list are actually prioritized once eligibility opens up to the general public on Friday, Polis said “we strongly encourage our providers and partners to prioritize the most vulnerable.”

In the coming week, Colorado will have six mass community vaccine sites up and running in Adams, Denver, El Paso, Larimer, Mesa and Pueblo counties. Colorado continues to host equity vaccine clinics and is soon deploying a fleet of four vaccine “buses” that will travel throughout the state to help reduce barriers to care.

As of Saturday, 962,363 people have been fully vaccinated with either the two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or the one-dose Johnson & Johnson shot. As of Monday, about 70% of Coloradans 60 and older, 79% of those 70 and older and 71% of people age 65 to 69 have received the vaccine, according to Polis.

A list of vaccine providers in each Colorado county can be found here:

For more information about how to sign up for vaccination, visit or call 1-877-CO VAX CO (1-877-268-2926).

Latest info for Colorado community vaccine sites 

Adam’s County: Dick’s Sporting Good Park (drive-through)
Schedule an appointment: (if you’re not a Centura patient, fill out this form: Vaccine Notification Sign-Up)
Call: 720-263-5737
Dates of Operation: Sunday – Wednesday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. 

Denver County: Ball Arena (drive through)
Schedule an appointment: Will start taking appointments starting April 1

El Paso County: Broadmoor World Arena (drive through)
Schedule an appointment: (if you’re not a Centura patient, fill out this form: Vaccine Notification Sign-Up)
Call: 720-263-5737
Dates of Operation: April 3, and then Friday through Monday beginning April 5 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. 

Larimer County: The Ranch (drive through)
Schedule an appointment:
Dates of Operation: Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Mesa County: Grand Junction Convention Center (indoors)
Schedule an appointment:

Call: (970) 248-6900
Dates of operation: Monday through Friday  9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Pueblo County: Colorado State Fairgrounds: (drive-through)
Schedule an appointment:
Call: 720-263-5737
Dates of Operation: Friday through Monday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.


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Moe Clark
Moe Clark

Moe Clark is a freelance journalist and former Colorado Newsline reporter who covered criminal justice, housing, homelessness and other social issues.