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Vaccination capacity increases at Pueblo site with transfer to FEMA

By: - April 5, 2021 3:12 pm

Billy Martinez, right, gets prepared to give Chris Kuelling, right, the COVID-19 vaccination during the mass vaccination event in the parking lots of Coors Field on Jan. 31, 2021, in Denver. UCHealth organized the large-scale COVID-19 vaccination event. They partnered with the governor’s office, CDPHE, city of Denver and Colorado Rockies to develop plans for this drive-through clinic. (Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post, pool)

Capacity will increase at a community vaccination site that serves southern Colorado when the site’s administration is transferred to the federal government, state officials said Monday.

The community vaccination site at the Colorado State Fairgrounds in Pueblo, currently a state-run facility, will come under the administration of the Federal Emergency Management Agency starting April 14 as a pilot program, according to a press release from the office of Gov. Jared Polis.

The move will increase the site’s capacity to administer COVID-19 vaccine doses from about 1,750 per day to up to 3,000 per day, including some doses administered through mobile vaccination facilities.

“This partnership with FEMA is going to help more Coloradans get the protection they need even faster,” Polis said in a statement. “And this isn’t only about quantity, but also equity. With this transition, we’ll be able to increase supply for the site, and reach more folks in many of our rural and agricultural communities, making it quick, easy, and convenient for them to get vaccinated.”

The counties that will benefit from the site’s increased capacity include Alamosa, Bent, Conejos, Costilla, Crowley, Custer, Fremont, Huerfano, Las Animas, Otero, Prowers, Rio Grande and Saguache.

“This Pilot Site not only boosts vaccine supply with additional vaccine doses, it supports the larger mobile effort to reach across southern Colorado into rural communities,” said FEMA Region 8 Acting Administrator Nancy Dragani in the news release.

The Biden administration is opening similar community vaccination sites throughout the country. Sites in Columbia, South Carolina, and St. Paul, Minnesota, were announced along with the Pueblo site on Monday.

The state offers six community vaccination sites. Besides the one in Pueblo, they are located at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Adams County, Ball Arena in Denver County, Broadmoor World Arena in El Paso County, The Ranch in Larimer County and the Grand Junction Convention Center in Mesa County. 

The Pueblo site is located at 1001 Beulah Avenue, Pueblo. Vaccination appointments can be scheduled through Centura Health at centura.org/vaccine

The state has posted a list of vaccine providers in each Colorado county.

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

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