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City of Sheridan News Flash

Posted on: December 9, 2020

COVID-19 Vaccine Safety, Development, and Distribution

COVID-19 Vaccine is Free

A scientifically-viable COVID-19 vaccine will begin to be distributed soon, and I need your help to inform our fellow community members about the vaccine as a critical public health tool to keep our communities healthy.

I want to reassure you that the vaccine is safe, secure, and free. Vaccines have been rigorously tested by leading scientists in the private sector, then approved by the Food and Drug Administration before they are available to members of the public. This process has been overseen by the top scientists and doctors in the nation. 

Vaccines were also tested for safety and effectiveness in populations disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 due to generational systemic inequities, including Black/African American, Latino/a, and American Indian/Alaska Native/Native Hawaiian communities. Additionally, the vaccines have passed all the necessary tests to evaluate their safety and effectiveness, and now they are ready for the general public.

The State of Colorado Vaccine Task Force, Colorado Department of Health and Environment (CDPHE), local public health administrations, and health care providers are working together to implement a phased approach (three phases) for vaccine distribution and administration in Colorado.

People who are eligible to receive a vaccine during Phase I are listed below: 

  • Critical Workforce: 

    • Inpatient Healthcare Workers, including those at assisted living facilities

    • Outpatient Healthcare Workers, including home health workers and outpatient pharmacists 

    • EMS, Firefighters, Police, Public Health Personnel and Correctional Workers 

  • Highest Risk Individuals: 

    • Residents and patients of assisted living, long-term care, and nursing home facilities 

 During Phase 1, eligible Coloradans can receive the vaccine at:

  • Local Public Health Agencies

  • Hospitals and health systems

  • Select Federally Qualified Health Centers

  • Some pharmacies 

Not all Coloradans eligible for Phase I will be able to receive the vaccination immediately. Limited doses will be available early on, and the initial shipment includes 46, 800 doses of the Pfizer vaccine. 

Every county will be covered in Phase I. As the vaccine becomes more widely available, the network of COVID-19 vaccine providers will expand to include doctors’ offices, pharmacies, homeless shelters, colleges/universities, senior centers, school-based health centers, and other health and medical locations. 

I have attached to this email a COVID-19 Vaccination Communications Tool Kit that includes sample email outreach templates in English and Spanish, social media graphics, and information resources to share with your friends, family members, and coworkers. By sharing these important resources, you are helping your community prepare to get vaccinated and doing your part to slow the spread of this virus. 

It may take a few months until everyone can access the vaccine due to limited supplies. Until the vaccine is widely available, we all need to continue to follow critical public health guidance, including wearing a mask in public, maintaining at least 6 feet apart from others, and only interacting with those who live in our household. 

Thank you for sharing this important information about the COVID-19 vaccine, and thank you for doing your part. 

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