GARFIELD COUNTY, CO – Garfield County Public Health is currently seeking eligible agencies that fall into the COVID-19 vaccination category for 1A (highest-risk health care workers and individuals) and 1B (moderate-risk health care workers and responders).
If an agency qualifies as phase 1A or 1B, and has not been in contact with Garfield County Public Health, it can fill out a COVID vaccination eligibility form located on the Garfield County COVID vaccine page.
Agencies that fall under 1A include: Healthcare workers – inpatient and outpatient healthcare workers in high-risk settings, such as hospitals, primary care, urgent care and support staff (e.g., hospital food service, housekeeping, front desk, chaplains, etc.) who come into contact with COVID-19 patients for more than 15 minutes over a 24-hour period.
Agencies that fall under 1B include: Healthcare workers – inpatient and outpatient healthcare workers in moderate risk settings, such as non-COVID hospital floors, dental offices, behavioral health clinics, pharmacies and home health who have less direct contact with COVID-19 patients.
Responders – staff working for Emergency Medical Services (EMS), fire, police, COVID response, corrections, and funeral.
Only qualifying agencies are considered for this phase, and only staff who work in moderate risk settings should be vaccinated at this time. Healthcare workers who are low risk (providing telehealth services or who provide no direct patient care) will be vaccinated in Phase 2. Vaccines are not being administered at public health; however, the department is coordinating with local hospitals to administer the vaccine. After public health reviews the vaccination eligibility form, eligible staff will be provided with additional details regarding when and where employees will receive their vaccinations.