Colorado Reaches Goal: 70% of People Over 70 Are COVID-19 Vaccinated
According to 9NEWS, Governor Jared Polis announced on Tuesday that over 70 percent of Colorado residents age 70 and older have gotten COVID-19 vaccines.
The state had a goal of reaching that percentage by February 28, 2021. Additionally, 9NEWS reported that Johnson & Johnson's one-dose COVID-19 vaccine is set to arrive in Colorado by Friday, March 5.
March 5 is also the day that Phase 1B.3 of the vaccine rollout begins. As we approach one year since the pandemic shutdowns began in Colorado, that phase will include more frontline and essential workers, like grocery store employees, agriculture workers, people over the age of 60, and more.
As of March 2, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment tweeted that over 1.4 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in Colorado. More than 930,000 Coloradans have gotten at least one dose, and nearly 500,000 have gotten both doses of the vaccine.
While states like Texas and Mississippi are reopening and lifting state-wide mask mandates in the coming week, much of Colorado remains in Level Yellow and Level Blue on the state's COVID dial. As of March 2, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment reported that Colorado's positivity rate is still in decline, at 3.3 percent, 76 percent of ICU beds are in use and 27 percent of adult critical care ventilators are in use.