Vaccine Quantities Remain Very Limited, but JCPH Hopes to Expand Vaccination to More Jeffco Residents

42,275 Jeffco residents have received the vaccine as of January 27.Jefferson County, Colo. — In an effort to help more people in Jefferson County access the COVID-19 vaccine, Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) is expanding availability of its vaccination site to those aged 70 and older. To date, JCPH has focused its efforts on healthcare workers and first responders, as directed by Gov. Jared Polis’ office and the Colorado Department of Public Health (CDPHE).

JCPH will begin offering vaccine in limited quantities to adults 70 and older at their clinic at the Arvada Fire Protection District Training Center, 6651 Indiana Street, beginning on February 3, 2021. This clinic is hosted with support from the Arvada Fire Protection District, Arvada Police Department and volunteers from organizations around the county. The vaccine will also continue to be available to those classified by CDPHE in Phase 1A and 1B.1.

Vaccines will only be available to those who are in these phases, and only by appointment. While these appointments will be available beginning this week, due to the limited nature of the vaccine, appointments are expected to fill quickly. They will continue to offer additional appointments as more vaccine becomes available. Please sign up for an appointment at the JCPH COVID-19 Clinics webpage.

In order to get vaccinated, and in addition to falling within one of the eligible phases, individuals will need to meet several qualifications:

  • No other vaccines within 14 days
  • No COVID-19 symptoms/no positive test within 14 days
  • Not be within the 14-day quarantine period for COVID-19 exposure

In addition, there are several key facts about the COVID-19 vaccine that those wishing to be vaccinated need to know and keep in mind:

  • The COVID-19 vaccine is a two-part vaccine, and it’s essential to get the second dose within a specific time frame (21 days for the Pfizer vaccine and 28 days for the Moderna vaccine). Unless there are extreme extenuating circumstances, you need to receive your second dose from the same place you received your first dose.
  • There are some known side effects to the vaccine, especially the second dose. These include:
    1. mild fever,
    2. chills,
    3. body aches,
    4. pain and redness at the injection site,
    5. nausea,
    6. headache, and
    7. fatigue for 1-2 days after receiving the vaccine.
    8. For in-depth information about the side effects of the vaccines, see the CDC’s report on the Pfizer vaccine and the Moderna vaccine.
  • More information about the COVID-19 vaccine can be found on both JCPH’s website and CDPHE’s website.