Walk-in vaccinations to begin at some community sites in Colorado, Gov. Polis says


    Chris Kuelling, right, waits to get his COVID-19 vaccination from Billy Martinez, center, with UCHealth, during the mass vaccination event in the parking lots of Coors Field on Jan. 31, 2021, in Denver. (Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post, pool)

    Coloradans no longer need an appointment to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

    Starting Wednesday, three community vaccination sites will accept walk-in or drive-in patients with no need to make an appointment, Gov. Jared Polis announced during a news briefing Tuesday at the Governor’s Mansion.

    “In Colorado we’re seeing a 93 to 95% reduction in positive cases of COVID among vaccinated people compared to unvaccinated people,” Polis said during the briefing. “So the vaccines are functioning exactly as advertised. It’s not a surprise, but it’s really good to see.”

    The three walk-in vaccination sites are:

    • Ball Arena in Denver
    • The Ranch Events Complex in Loveland
    • Colorado State Fairgrounds in Pueblo

    Three other community vaccination sites accept appointments:

    • Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City
    • Broadmoor World Arena in Colorado Springs
    • Grand Junction Convention Center in Grand Junction

    Many sites, such as Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, offer same-day appointments, Polis said. All COVID-19 vaccinations are free.

    Polis emphasized the personal and community-wide benefits of vaccination. “It’s really clear that getting vaccinated minimizes the risk of spreading the virus,” he said, adding that the COVID-19 vaccines are more effective than those for other ailments, such as the flu and measles.

    “This vaccine, really a triumph of modern science, ranks among the very most effective vaccines,” he said.

    Polis was joined at the briefing by state epidemiologist Dr. Rachel Herlihy, who said rates of infection are still relatively high. A fourth wave of virus spread recently appeared to level off, but it’s unclear how durable the trend is, and the hospitalization rate continues to rise.

    The coronavirus has killed 6,344 in Colorado. As of April 18, the seven-day rolling average of daily new cases was 1,418. That’s down from 1,600 on April 12, but still much higher than a recent low of 862 on March 16.

    Dr. Rachel Herligy, state epidemiologist for Colorado, speaks during a news briefing about the state’s response to COVID-19 on April 20, 2021. (Governor Jared Polis Facebook)

    “The sooner we can achieve the vaccination levels so that the virus has no place to go and no place to spread, the sooner we can return to absolute normal,” Polis said.

    All Coloradans 16 and older are eligible to receive a vaccine. Almost 1.5 million people in Colorado are fully immunized, and 3.7 million are either fully immunized or have received one dose of a two-dose vaccine regime, according to the latest state data.

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

    Colorado’s 6 community vaccination sites

    Ball Arena

    1000 Chopper Circle, Denver


    The Ranch Events Complex

    5280 Arena Circle, Loveland


    Colorado State Fairgrounds

    1001 Beulah Ave., Pueblo

    centura.org/vaccine, 720-263-5737

    Dick’s Sporting Goods Park

    6000 Victory Way, Commerce City

    centura.org/vaccine, 720-263-5737 

    Broadmoor World Arena

    3185 Venetucci Blvd., Colorado Springs

    centura.org/covid-19/covid-19-vaccine-information, 720-263-5737

    Grand Junction Convention Center

    159 Main St., Grand Junction

    English: scheduling.mesacountyhealth.com/public/index.php?lang=en , Spanish: scheduling.mesacountyhealth.com/public/index.php?lang=es 

    More information about where to get vaccinated, including the community vaccination sites, is detailed on a Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment webpage.