Coloradans 60 years of age and older, grocery store workers, and people with two or more chronic health conditions may start COVID-19 at the end of next week, but state health officials are delaying vaccinations for restaurant employees and other essential workers who have previously vaccinations were able to reach the next stage.
1B.3. Its phase will begin on March 5th. It includes:
- People 60 years and older
- Essential workers in the food industry and agriculture, including grocery stores, meat packers and agricultural processors
- People aged 16-59 who have two or more high-risk health conditions
Healthy people aged 60-64, now in Phase 1B.3, were previously in Phase 2, which is planned in advance in the spring.
Other key employees who were previously in Phase 1B.3 will transition to the newly created Phase 1B.4, which should begin around March 21st. The delay is due to supply constraints for COVID-19 vaccines.
“We approached this by trying to save most lives and be fair and end the pandemic,” Governor Jared Polis said when he announced the changes at a press conference.
This new 1B.4. This section includes:
- People 50 years and older
- Student-facing higher education faculty and staff
- Primary workers in food and restaurant services, manufacturing, U.S. postal service, public transportation and special transpiration, public health, and human services
- Faith leaders
- Direct direct care is essential for people experiencing homelessness
- Frontline is indispensable for journalists
- Continuity of local governments
- Continuing the functioning of the state government
- Adults who received placebo in a clinical trial with COVID-19
- People aged 16-49 who still have a high-risk health condition
According to the latest modeling report from the Colorado School of Public Health, about one in 194 people are currently contagious, a significant improvement from the fall peak. If the current trend continues, Colorado could return to summer levels of cases and hospitalizations in April.
However, the average infection rate for each infectious person increased slightly to 0.95. When the average rises above 1.0, an epidemic begins to rise again.
This is an evolving story that we will update.