Clear Creek likely won't receive vaccines for weeks

Corinne Westeman
cwesteman@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 12/10/20

Clear Creek officials aren't sure when the county will receive its first round of vaccines, but when it does, they're ready. According to Tim Ryan, Clear Creek's director of Public & …

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Clear Creek likely won't receive vaccines for weeks

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Clear Creek officials aren't sure when the county will receive its first round of vaccines, but when it does, they're ready.

According to Tim Ryan, Clear Creek's director of Public & Environmental Health, with Pfizer vaccines rolling out this week, Colorado is receiving enough to cover about 14 percent of tier 1A, or those who are considered highest-priority, such as doctors, nurses and respiratory therapists.

Clear Creek should receive vaccines for distribution to tier 1B, which includes first-responders, but Ryan said he's unsure when that will be.

“It will be several weeks before Clear Creek is likely to get any vaccines,” he said on Dec. 8. “ … (But) we're ready and fully prepared for when we do receive those.”

He explained how Clear Creek has partnered with Gilpin County. The latter has a freezer that's cold enough to store the Pfizer vaccines while the former has the personnel to distribute them.

Ryan emphasized that the general public shouldn't expect to be vaccinated until mid-summer, and that is subject to change.

While the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines will likely be rolled out this month, Ryan said the Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca ones will probably be distributed within the next month to six weeks. Which vaccines Clear Creek receives will depend on what becomes available, when, and where Clear Creek is in line, he described.

Even though there is light at the end of the tunnel, Ryan stressed that people can't let their guards down now, saying, “Christmas and New Year's … could be even more problematic than Thanksgiving.”

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