Colorado’s mass vaccination sites for COVID-19 will shut down on March 31, as the state shifts responsibility for most new shots to health care providers.
State vaccine buses, which hold pop-up shooting clinics in areas with fewer healthcare options, will continue to roll through at least June 30th.
According to Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment websitethe mass vaccination site at the Boulder County Fairgrounds will close down earlier than the others, on March 20th.
New vaccinations have dropped markedly as the number of cases decreased. In the first week of March, only about 26,000 people across the country received a COVID-19 shot, according to the state dashboard. That’s less than a fifth of the number who rolled up their sleeves in the first week of January.
Conducting state-run test, treatment and vaccination sites is a big part of the state “timetable” for the next phase of the pandemic, though government officials said they could reactivate mass sites for vaccination and COVID-19 testing in four to five weeks if needed.
The plan also includes making new rules to force hospitals to prepare for future increases, encourage people to start and stick to health careers, and ask the federal government to develop strategies that make it easier for states to respond to infectious diseases. Surveillance systems, such as testing wastewater for evidence of how widespread the virus is in a community, would remain a state responsibility.
The State Department of Health reports close to 2,000 medical offices, local health centers, pharmacies and hospitals offer COVID-19 vaccines.
To find a provider in your area, visit covid19.colorado.gov/vaccine.