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Summit County Government

Posted on: January 7, 2021

State Updates Vaccination Guidance for Adults 70 Years and Older

Vaccine Appointment

Summit County part time residents and property owners will now be eligible to receive vaccine

SUMMIT COUNTY – The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), advised public health officials Wednesday that it will no longer restrict allocation of vaccine to counties based on 2018 census data for population. The state has committed to providing vaccine allocations on a weekly basis to counties with the goal of vaccinating individuals ages 70 and older as quickly as possible. Summit County will now have the ability to offer COVID-19 vaccine to Summit County year round residents, as well as part time residents and property owners that live in the county for more than thirty days and are guaranteed to be in Summit County to receive their second dose of the vaccine.

In response to the updated guidance, Summit County Public Health, in partnership with Safeway, City Market pharmacies, and the Community Care Clinic will be offering COVID-19 vaccination beginning next week to Summit County year round residents, as well as part time residents and property owners ages 70 and older. 

“We know that the virus does not discriminate based on residency and we are pleased to be able to open up vaccination to more individuals living in our community,” said Public Health Director Amy Wineland.

To qualify, individuals must have resided in Summit County for at least 30 days and have plans to remain in the county for another 30 days following vaccination in order to receive the critical second dose of COVID-19 vaccine to gain immunity.

Summit County will require a valid Driver’s License with Summit County address, or photo ID and a deed or two months of utility bills for verification. Individuals staying in short-term lodging and accommodations do not qualify.

“We will continue to prioritize our health care workers and front line responders who have not yet been vaccinated, along with our full and part time residents ages 70 and older in the next round of vaccinations,” Summit County Public Health Director Amy Wineland said. “We will notify the public as soon as we know the timeline for the arrival of the next batch of vaccine from the state.”

Counties will not be allowed to vaccinate the next population in Phase 1B below the dotted line until everyone in Phases 1A and 1B (above the line) have been vaccinated. Summit County officials estimate it will be March before the county has the ability to move to the next population.

More information on the phased COVID-19 vaccination distribution plan is available at: https://www.summitcountyco.gov/1413/Vaccination.

Summit County will notify the public weekly via Press Release and the following channels when the next round of vaccine appointments will be opened:

An SC Alert will be sent to provide immediate notification when the online scheduler is opened and available for individuals to make appointments. To subscribe to SC Alert to receive notifications via phone, text, or email, or to manage your account, visit www.SCAlert.org

Summit County Public Health reminds the community that everyone, including those who receive both doses of vaccine should continue to follow Public Health recommendations for wearing face coverings, washing hands and physical distancing to help slow the spread of the virus in Summit County. More research is needed to determine the length of immunity to the virus and whether individuals who receive the vaccine have the ability to spread the virus to others.

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