Large-scale vaccine clinics in Archuleta and La Plata counties this Friday, Saturday and Sunday

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    Initial allocation of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine coincides with expanded eligibility

    By Claire Ninde
    Director of Communications

    San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) is pleased to announce multiple COVID-19 vaccine clinics this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in both Archuleta and La Plata counties. SJBPH has received an initial shipment of 4,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine, a safe and effective single-dose vaccine that does not require a second appointment.

    SJBPH is encouraging all residents who are eligible, including those who are newly eligible under the state’s Phase 1B.3, to get a no-cost vaccine by scheduling an appointment via the links on SJBPH’s website: https://sjbpublichealth.org/covid-19-vaccine/. While the region is receiving a large one-time shipment of vaccine, there remains high demand and a very limited supply of vaccine.

    “Now is the perfect time to get your vaccine. We are urging everyone who is eligible to take advantage of this opportunity to protect ourselves, our families and our communities,” said SJBPH Executive Director, Liane Jollon. “Given the unpredictable and limited vaccine supply chain, we hope eligible residents act on this great opportunity now and sign up to make a vaccine appointment today,” Jollon added.

    Upcoming community vaccination clinics Friday, March 5, Saturday, March 6, and Sunday March 7:

    • SJBPH La Plata County Vaccine Clinic, La Plata County Fairgrounds, Durango, 2500 Main Ave. Friday, March 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • La Plata County Community Vaccine POD, La Plata County Fairgrounds, Durango, 2500 Main Ave. Saturday, March 6, from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
    • SJBPH Archuleta County Vaccine Clinic, Pagosa Springs Community Center, 451 Hot Springs Blvd. Sunday, March 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    As Colorado expands eligibility, SJBPH has been able to quickly scale up vaccine distribution thanks to collaboration with regional vaccine providers and the many volunteers who make large-scale clinics possible.

    Starting Friday, March 5, Coloradans between the ages of 60 and 64, people with two or more high-risk conditions, and frontline essential workers in grocery and agriculture: including meatpacking workers, grocery store workers, and agricultural processing workers will be eligible for the vaccine. It is important to remember that as Colorado moves through phases, people in previous phases remain eligible.

    The upcoming vaccine clinics make use of the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine, the third COVID-19 vaccine to be authorized for use in the United States. The single-dose vaccine is highly effective in preventing moderate and severe disease and provides protection against COVID-19-related hospitalizations and deaths. Additional clinics from other vaccine providers this weekend will utilize the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine and the previously approved two-dose vaccines made by Pfizer and Moderna.

    Additional information about vaccine eligibility can be found on SJBPH’s website: https://sjbpublichealth.org/covid-19-vaccine/ or by calling the state’s vaccine hotline at 1-877-368-2926.