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HRRMC prepares to begin COVID-19 vaccinations

SALIDA, Colo. – Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center (HRRMC) anticipates receiving its first round of a limited allocation of the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine on Thursday, Dec. 17, and will begin vaccinating frontline and health care workers that same day. This plan completely depends on pending vaccine delivery confirmation from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE).

CDPHE’s vaccine distribution plan in separated into three main phases, with phase 1 divided into phase 1A and phase 1B. Phase 1A includes highest-risk health care workers, the tier of Coloradans to receive the vaccine first.

HRRMC will be partnering with Chaffee County Public Health (CCPH) to utilize the medical expertise of health care providers in the county, who are identifying high-risk patients who would fall into phase 1A. Contact information from the general public looking to receive the COVID-19 vaccine is not currently being recorded nor scheduled by either organization.

If members of the public are interested in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine in the future, they are encouraged to make an appointment with their primary care provider.

HRRMC’s initial COVID-19 vaccine allocations will be of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, followed by a smaller allocation of the Moderna vaccine the week of Dec. 21. Each brand of the vaccine requires two doses for efficacy. The number of vaccine allocations HRRMC receives is pre-determined by CDPHE.

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