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More than 400 people — mostly residents 70 and older — received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Jan. 20 at Clear Creek’s drive-thru clinic at the EMS station in Dumont. …
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More than 400 people — mostly residents 70 and older — received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Jan. 20 at Clear Creek’s drive-thru clinic at the EMS station in Dumont. Additionally, the 100 public health staff members and first responders who received their first dose on Dec. 23 returned for their second dose.
“I’m confident we could do 1,000 in a day,” Tim Ryan, the county’s public health director, said as the clinic was winding down. “We’ve almost finished the list of pre-registered (seniors).”
While Clear Creek has the personnel and the resources to hold larger and/or multiple vaccination clinic sites, there are two major problems, Ryan explained.
The first and larger problem is supply.
The Jan. 20 clinic’s 500-patient capacity was only possible because Summit County donated 250 vaccines after it ran out of eligible residents.
While Ryan hopes these supply chain problems will be resolved in the coming weeks, the biggest challenge now is ensuring enough supplies for second doses, he described.
The second problem is eligible population.
With Clear Creek’s small population, it’s been much easier to vaccinate those who are eligible. Now, the county has to wait for its larger counterparts to catch up so they can all move onto the next stage — vaccinating frontline workers — simultaneously, Ryan explained.
While almost everyone who’s registered has received their first dose, county officials estimate there are still hundreds of residents 70 and older who haven’t registered yet.
To register, visit clearcreekcounty.us/1173 or call 303-670-7528.
Ryan confirmed that if someone is eligible but physically unable to get to the clinic, they should register and let county staff know whenever they schedule an appointment.
“No one has yet expressed a problem with getting to the clinic, but we do have the ability to address that,” Ryan said.
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