Governor Polis announces first round of Colorado Comeback Cash scholarship drawing winners

Today, Governor Polis announced the first five $50,000 winners of Colorado’s Comeback Cash Scholarship Drawing. Governor Polis was joined by Dr. Angie Paccione, Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Higher Education.

“Congratulations to our very first winners of the Colorado Comeback Cash Scholarship drawing!” said Governor Polis. “As some of the younger Coloradans eligible to receive the incredibly effective vaccine, I thank you for doing your part to protect yourself, your family, your classmates, and other members of your community. This lifesaving vaccine is our ticket for students to return to the classroom, and an opportunity to win a $50,000 scholarship, which can open a multitude of doors for students pursuing advanced education. I encourage you, whether you’re in high school or in your 60’s, to make a plan today to get this vaccine.”  

The winners of this week’s scholarship drawing are Natalie M. of Centennial, Arianna Garcia (14) of Longmont, Liam Atkins (15) of Boulder, Brett Cheney (16) of Mesa County, and Gabriella Sleight (14) of Littleton. 

Thomas M. of Steamboat Springs additionally won the scholarship but gave it to another Coloradan as he has already secured a full-ride scholarship to college. 

Vaccinated Coloradans ages 12-17 are eligible for the $50,000 scholarship and will be randomly selected over the next few weeks. Four additional drawings for the Comeback Cash Scholarship will occur on Mondays and winners will be announced on Thursdays, June 17, June 24, July 1, and July 8. 

The funds will be placed in a CollegeInvest account for the student to use when they pursue postsecondary education, including higher and technical education or credential programs. The funds can be left in the interest-bearing account for future educational use.

To learn more about the Comeback Cash Scholarship drawing, visit: 

ColoradoComebackCash.com and also view the Frequently Asked Questions

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Governor Polis announces first round of Colorado Comeback Cash scholarship drawing winners

Governor Polis takes action in response to COVID-19 pandemic

DENVER – Governor Polis took action in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Governor Polis extended an executive order ordering expedited unemployment insurance claim processing to provide relief to Coloradans impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, Governor Polis extended an executive order temporarily suspending statutes to maintain eligibility for Medicaid and Children’s Basic Health Plan enrollees, increasing the Medicaid home health workforce, and eliminating cost sharing for COVID-19 testing and treatment.

Governor Polis takes action in response to COVID-19 pandemic

Governor: Mobile clinics administer more than 10,000 doses of lifesaving vaccine to Coloradans

DENVER – Today, Governor Jared Polis announced that Colorado’s mobile vaccine clinics have delivered more than 10,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine to residents across the state, the majority of them in rural or hard-to-reach communities.

“This is an amazing accomplishment. I want to thank the healthcare workers who have crossed our state to bring this vaccine to Coloradans everywhere from Alamosa to Yuma,”

said Governor Jared Polis. “Our mobile clinics make it easy to access this incredible feat of modern science that saves lives and gets us on the path to the Colorado Comeback.”

Information about upcoming mobile clinics can be found at www.mobilevax.us/clinics. While clinics do accept walk-ins, appointments are still recommended.

Yesterday, Governor Polis announced “Colorado Comeback Cash Vaccine Drawing,” in which vaccinated Coloradans will have the opportunity to win $1 million, for a total of $5 million in prizes given out. Each week, for five weeks, one winner will be selected. Winners will be announced on June 4, June 11, June 18, June 25, with the final winner being announced on July 7. Coloradans must be vaccinated by June 30 to qualify to win on July 7. This public health initiative is being hosted in partnership with the Colorado Department of Revenue (DOR), Colorado Lottery, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE).

Photos of the mobile vaccine clinics can be found here.

Governor: Mobile clinics administer more than 10,000 doses of lifesaving vaccine to Coloradans

Governor Polis launches Colorado Comeback Cash vaccine drawing

DENVER — In an effort to get even more Coloradans vaccinated, Governor Jared Polis today announced the Colorado Comeback Cash Vaccine Drawing, where vaccinated Coloradans will have the opportunity to win $1 million, for a total of $5 million in prizes given out. Each week, for five weeks, one winner will be selected. Winners will be announced on June 4, June 11, June 18, June 25, with the final winner being announced on July 7. Coloradans must be vaccinated by June 30 to qualify to win on July 7. This public health initiative is being hosted in partnership with the Colorado Department of Revenue (DOR), Colorado Lottery, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE).

“Isn’t it wonderful to be giving out $1 million dollar prizes along with protection against the Coronavirus!,” said Governor Jared Polis. “I hope this exciting public health initiative encourages even more Coloradans to get vaccinated now, and for those who have already taken this important step, you’re already eligible to win the big prize. This isn’t just about the money, but about getting more Coloradans the protection they need from this deadly virus so we can put this pandemic behind us and power the Colorado comeback.” 

This public health initiative is similar to Maryland’s procedures, and will be based on the COVID-19 vaccine records contained in the Colorado Immunization Information System (CIIS).  The State of Colorado consulted with the Attorney General’s Office on the design of this drawing. Coloradans who have received at least one dose of the vaccine are automatically entered to win. 

If a Coloradan is selected to win the one million dollar cash prize, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and the Colorado Lottery will reach out to verify eligibility. 

To be eligible to win, a person must:

  • Live in the State of Colorado. 
  • Be at least 18 years of age. 
  • Not be an administrator of the Colorado Immunization Information System, a Colorado Lottery employee conducting the drawing, an auditor certifying the drawing, the Governor of the State of Colorado, the Lt. Governor of the State of Colorado or the Senior Director of the Colorado Lottery. 
  • Have received at least the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine if receiving the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or one dose if receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccines.
  • Have not already won.
  • Have signed and submitted all required documentation and releases as part of the claims process by the deadlines identified in the drawing procedures.

The prize money is being paid for with federal funds given to the state of Colorado to increase vaccine uptake. 

For more information, please read the frequently asked questions and the official rules. Coloradans can also visit ColoradoComebackCash.com and LaVacunaDelMillon.com to learn more about the drawing. 

Governor Polis launches Colorado Comeback Cash vaccine drawing

Governor Polis provides update on COVID-19 pandemic

DENVER – Today, Governor Jared Polis provided an update on the COVID-19 pandemic and vaccination efforts in Colorado, particularly vaccinations among younger people. The Governor was joined by State Epidemiologist Dr. Rachel Herlihy, Colorado’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Eric France, and Dr. Suchitra Rao, Children’s Hospital Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialist at Children’s Hospital Colorado and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado. 

“We all have a role to play in protecting our children. If your child is age 12 and up, make a plan to protect them today,” said Governor Jared Polis. “If not, there are steps you can take to ensure they are not put at risk for contracting the virus. With vaccinations widely available in Colorado, make sure to get yourself protected and continue wearing a mask if you have not. Together we can put this pandemic behind us, but we need Coloradans to roll up their sleeves and get the lifesaving vaccine. It’s not only about your health, but the health of your closest family and friends.”

Adolescents 12-15 years old just became eligible for the Pfizer vaccine last week, and 11% of that age group has already been vaccinated with one dose. 44% of persons 16 – 29 and 66% of persons 30 and older have also received one dose. Overall, 57% of eligible Coloradans have received one dose. 

“Vaccines are the most effective way to prevent spread among young people at school or summer camps. It’s why we are asking parents to get eligible children vaccinated. The data is clear that this vaccine is the best way to avoid getting the virus,” said Dr. Rachel Herlihy, State Epidemiologist.

In an effort to get even more vaccines into communities across the state, Colorado is working directly with primary care providers to enroll them in the state’s COVID-19 vaccine provider program. Primary care providers everywhere in Colorado can enroll today as a vaccine provider and start providing the COVID-19 vaccine to patients and their families, while discussing the benefits and safety. Interested providers should email cdphe_covidvax@state.co.us for more registration, enrollment, and onboarding information. 

“I understand that many Coloradans still have questions about the vaccine and whether they should get it, but far and away, the vaccine is the most effective way to protect yourself and your family,” said Dr. Eric France, Chief Medical Officer. “That’s why we want to ensure we are breaking down information barriers that might prevent folks from getting the vaccine.”

“The COVID-19 vaccine was shown not only to be 100% effective in children 12-15 years of age, but also very safe,” said Dr. Suchitra Rao, pediatric infectious disease specialist at Children’s Hospital Colorado and associate professor of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine on the Anschutz Medical Campus. “There were no serious safety concerns, only mild effects such as headache, chills, muscle pain, similar to what was seen in adults. This is really exciting news that we can now provide our tweens and teens a safe and highly effective vaccine that can do a lot of good not just for the individual receiving the vaccine, but helps make life safer for families and our community.”  

View today’s press conference here.

Governor Polis provides update on COVID-19 pandemic

Gov. PGov. Polis announces new mask guidelines, visits UPS vaccine clinic

DENVER – Today, Governor Jared Polis shared Colorado’s new mask guidelines, following yesterday’s announcement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

“If you have been fully vaccinated, the pandemic is largely over for you, and you can now resume your activities without a mask,” said Governor Jared Polis. “This is the day we have been waiting for. If you haven’t yet been vaccinated, you should continue to wear a mask in public indoor spaces. I hope the fun of an unmasked future incentivizes those who have yet to get the vaccine to do so.”

The new mask Executive Order encourages any individual aged 11 and older, who is not fully vaccinated, to continue wearing a mask indoors where members of different households are present. Fully vaccinated individuals can go without masks in almost all settings. Masks are still required in certain settings, including in schools for unvaccinated students, teachers, and staff, as well as other settings which are laid out in the Executive Order. For additional information pertaining to the new guidance, please view the FAQ document here.

Earlier in the day, the Governor visited a vaccine clinic hosted onsite at a UPS distribution facility as part of Colorado’s Workplace Vaccination Program. He was joined by Shoshana Lew, Executive Director, Colorado Department of Transportation.

“Throughout the pandemic, our delivery workers have helped keep our state and our country running. They themselves have delivered the lifesaving vaccine all over the world,” said Governor Polis. “Bringing the vaccine to their workplace makes it easy for them to take care of themselves and their families. We want getting the vaccine to be as easy as showing up for work, which is why we’re pleased to power the comeback by offering businesses of all sizes the opportunity to host on-site vaccination events for employees, friends, and family.”

Colorado has partnered with businesses and associations including JBS, Cargill, USPS, Durango BID, the Colorado Restaurant Association, Costco Business Center, Saunders Construction, King Soopers, and Colorado Potato Growers to provide onsite vaccination clinics. Together, the state and various employers have vaccinated thousands of Coloradans, making it convenient for employees and companies to create a safer work environment. Employers can sign up to host a clinic at atworkvaccinations.com, where they can request an onsite clinic or other options, including a mobile bus or blocks of appointments at local public health agencies. 

The state’s comprehensive vaccination efforts include six large-scale community vaccination sites, more than 200 vaccine clinics held in partnership with community organizations, four mobile vaccine buses, and the at work vaccine program. 

Colorado recently celebrated a milestone in its efforts to vaccinate the population with the lifesaving COVID-19 vaccines, crossing the threshold of more than 5 million total doses administered. As of Wednesday, May 12, all Coloradans aged 12 and up are eligible to be vaccinated. Individuals 12 and older are eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine, and those 18 and older are also eligible to receive the Moderna or Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine. 

To find a vaccination site, visit covid19.colorado.gov/vaccine/where-you-can-get-vaccinated.

Gov. PGov. Polis announces new mask guidelines, visits UPS vaccine clinic

Governor Polis provides update on COVID-19 pandemic

DENVER – Today, Governor Jared Polis provided an update on the COVID-19 pandemic and vaccination efforts in Colorado. 

“It’s easier than ever before to get the life-saving vaccine, Colorado. You can stop by your closest drive-thru or walk-up clinic, pharmacy or at the community center down the road. It’s easy, it’s free, and most importantly, this vaccine is highly effective at protecting your health and the health of the people you love most,” said Governor Jared Polis. “We all have an important role to play in revving up Colorado’s economy and getting back to normal. To make that possible, it’s important that Coloradans take the opportunity to roll up their sleeves and get this vaccine. It’s free and convenient.” 

Colorado has made tremendous progress in protecting the state’s most vulnerable populations from this virus. Currently, 76% of Coloradans aged 70 and up are fully vaccinated, while over 85% of Coloradans in that age group have received at least one dose of the vaccine. For Coloradans aged 60 to 69, over 63% of this population is fully vaccinated. These two sectors have represented the majority of Colorado’s COVID-19 related hospitalizations and deaths throughout this pandemic. 

Colorado is committed to ensuring that everyone who wants the vaccine can easily get one at no cost. To do that, the state has deployed a variety of tactics to meet Coloradans where they are, including six Community Vaccinations Sites in Adams, Denver, El Paso, Larimer, Mesa, and Pueblo counties. Colorado has also formed the Vaccine Equity Outreach Team to bring the vaccine to disproportionately impacted Coloradans through regional clinics that serve hard-to-reach populations. Through the Vaccine Equity Outreach Team, Colorado has stood up approximately 1,250 first and second-dose clinics, including mobile vaccine clinics in over 30 counties. Multiple mobile vaccine buses running throughout the state have delivered over 5,800 doses. In total, the mobile vaccine busses combined with other equity-based clinics have administered over 350,000 doses to underserved Coloradans. 

More than 80 stops along these five mobile vaccination routes are scheduled through the end of May, with plans to continue adding stops based on community needs. To find a mobile vaccine bus near you, visit mobilevax.us/clinics

Colorado is also working closely with a variety of health providers across the state to make it easy for Coloradans to get the COVID vaccine at their next doctor’s appointment. Coloradans can find the closest vaccine provider near them by visiting cocovidvaccine.org or dialing 1-877-CO VAX CO (1-877-268-2926).

Employers, schools, and other organizations can also arrange to have a vaccine clinic set up at a worksite to vaccinate employees, students, and other members through the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Employers interested in coordinating a vaccine clinic for free with the state can go to: atworkvaccinations.com to schedule a clinic. 

Dr. Rachel Herlihy, State Epidemiologist, also joined Governor Polis to share an update on Colorado’s plans to deliver the Pfizer vaccine to children aged 12 to 15 following the FDA approval. 

“Youth are currently accounting for more new cases in the state as many older Coloradans have already taken the opportunity to receive the vaccine. In fact, the highest case rates are among middle school and high school students in the state,” said Dr. Rachel Herlihy, State Epidemiologist. “Access to the vaccine will help protect younger Coloradans as they go to school and return to a more normal life.”

Colorado expects to start administering the vaccine to 12 to 15-year-olds as soon as this week once the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices gives the final approval needed to administer the vaccine to this age group. ACIP is scheduled to meet May 12 to make a final decision. 

View today’s press conference here.

Governor Polis provides update on COVID-19 pandemic