State adds county-level data to vaccine dashboard for increased transparency for Colorado

REMOTE, (Feb. 19, 2021): Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) announced that as of 4 p.m. today the vaccine data dashboard includes county-level vaccine administration data in beta. 

The goal of the expanded data dashboard is part of the state’s commitment to prioritize data transparency throughout the COVID-19 response, to inform an equitable vaccine distribution process, and ensure accountability. 

The new beta version of the county-level vaccine administration includes:

  • “Number of doses administered” 
    • Doses administered shows the total number of doses administered to individuals who reside in each county.
    • The county that a person is assigned to is based on their home address information recorded in the Colorado Immunization Information System (CIIS).
    • This counts doses and not people fully vaccinated, so some of the doses counted are second doses. 
    • When you click on a county, you will see that county’s demographic information like age, sex, and race/ethnicity. To prevent the release of potentially identifying information, demographic information is given for counties or regions with populations of at least 100,000. In other words, counties with a population less than 100,000 are grouped together in regions whose total population sums to 100,000 or more people.
  • “Number of doses administered per 100,000 population”
    • Doses Administered per 100,000 shows the rate of doses administered per 100,000 to individuals who reside in each county.
    • Doses administered per 100,000 does not equate to actual doses administered. It is a rate that adjusts the number of administered doses by each county’s population. The numerator is the actual doses administered multiplied by 100,000. The denominator is the county’s population. The purpose of this section of data is to show a comparable statistic for every county. The number of doses administered per county is based on what has been reported to the Colorado Immunization Information System (CIIS). 
  • “Doses distributed”
    • Doses distributed shows the total number of doses that have been shipped to providers in each county. Occasionally, doses shipped to a provider in one county are redistributed to a provider in a different county. Those redistributions are not accounted for in these numbers.
    • Doses distributed does not currently include the sixth dose for Pfizer vials, and we are counting 10 doses for Moderna vials. Because providers are able to get a sixth dose out of Pfizer vials and an 11th dose out of Moderna vials, the number of doses available in each county is likely larger than the doses distributed number. 
    • Doses distributed only includes doses ordered by Colorado and does not include federal programs like the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program for COVID-19 Vaccination.
  • “Doses distributed per 100,000 people”
    • Doses distributed per 100,000 shows the rate number of doses per 100,000 that have been shipped to providers in each county.
    • Doses distributed per 100,000 people does not equate to actual doses administered. It is a rate that adjusts the number of distributed doses by each county’s population.
  • “Difference between percent of doses distributed and percent of state population”
    • This shows how many doses are distributed to a county compared to that county’s population. In most cases, the percent distributed and percent of state population align. The outliers occur because sometimes doses are distributed to a large provider in one county that then distributes them to other providers or hosts large mass vaccination clinics that serve people from many counties.

The public, local public health agencies, local elected officials, and the media have all requested this data. Today CDPHE is launching the dashboard in beta so that these audiences can offer feedback to make sure our data transparency is meeting their needs. 

The state has been able to distribute vaccines as quickly as the federal supply chain allows and is working hard to make sure a vaccine will eventually be available to everyone who wants one. 

Until the COVID-vaccine is widely available and community immunity is achieved– we need everyone to keep following public health protocols to mitigate this virus: wear a mask, physically distance, avoid gatherings, stay home when you’re sick, and wash your hands. 

Continue to stay up to date by visiting covid19.colorado.gov.

State adds county-level data to vaccine dashboard for increased transparency for Colorado