Area vaccine events distribute thousands of doses

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By Randi Pierce
Staff Writer

San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) announced via press release Tuesday that nearly 3,400 doses of the Johnson and Johnson single-shot vaccine were administered March 5-7 in Archuleta and La Plata counties.

Also on Tuesday, Pagosa Springs Medical Center (PSMC) announced on social media that it administered 557 doses Friday, with the medical center distributing more than 5,000 doses so far.

The organizations are two of several distributing the COVID-19 vaccines in the two counties.

According to the press release, as of Tuesday, 21 percent of Archuleta County’s total population has completed vaccination, while 26 percent of the county’s total population has received at least one dose of a vaccine.

Someone is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second shot of Moderna’s or Pfizer’s two-dose regimen, or two weeks following the single-dose Johnson and Johnson (Janssen) vaccine, according to SJBPH. 

The press release notes the figures are calculated from official state databases and SJBPH internal data and “will differ from official published statistics as data from the weekend undergo validation.”

“We’re truly moving along very quickly in our two counties,” SJBPH Executive Director Liane Jollon said, noting later that the state has suggested that rural communities can dip into the next phase if vaccine supplies exceed the current phase.

The current vaccination push comes, the press release states, as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new guidance for people who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. 

According to the CDC guidance, fully vaccinated people can safely visit in small numbers indoors without masks or social distancing with other fully vaccinated people and unvaccinated people at low risk of severe COVID-19. 

The press release notes, “SJBPH joins the CDC in strongly urging everyone, including those who have been vaccinated, to continue wearing masks in public settings and following all public health protocols including social distancing.”

How do I get the vaccine?

Archuleta County has five enrolled vaccine providers: SJBPH, PSMC, Pagosa Medical Group, City Market and Walmart (Walmart is enrolled directly with the federal government).

For information on vaccine eligibility groups and area vaccine providers, visit https://sjbpublichealth.org/covid-19-vaccine/ and see below.

PSMC:

PSMC announced Tuesday that it is currently enrolling all groups for a COVID-19 vaccine, but indicated vaccines continue to be subject to availability.

To enroll with PSMC, visit https://pagosaspringsmedicalcenter.org/vaccine to complete and submit registration forms. 

Those who are unable to access the form online can call PSMC’s vaccine line at 507-3995 and leave a message with: full name, date of birth, county of residence, phone number, email address and which group applies to you.

PSMC will call those on its list to set up vaccine appointments.

Pagosa Medical Group:

Those who are eligible can text Pagosa Medical Group at 372-0456 (preferred), call the same number or email info@pagosamedicalgroup.org.