Otero/Crowley County Health Department Covid Update Jan 13th

Description: Otero/Crowley County Health Department Covid Update Jan 13th.

THIS IS A RAPIDLY EVOLVING AND FLUID SITUATION.  INFORMATION AND ACTION ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE AT ANY TIME.  BE PREPARED TO BE FLEXIBLE AND PATIENT.

The situations, numbers, website links, data, and etc. described below were current as of Wednesday 1/13/2021 at 12:16 pm.

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1/13/2021 Crowley/Otero COVID-19 Update #1:  Current Crowley/Otero Vaccination Plan

It is absolutely essential that you take the time to read and understand this entire message.

Internet links:  Before I send out each update, I check the links to make sure they are active.  However, links do change from time to time, so the links I sent out today may not be the same tomorrow.  You may have to search around a bit.

Hello to all.  Here is the vaccination plan for Crowley and Otero Counties for the next few weeks.  Please be aware that all of this is contingent upon vaccine availability, so it is subject to change.  OCHD is planning very carefully so that no dose remains in our refrigerator too long, but we also have to balance the limited amount of vaccine between eligible people in Phase 1A & 1B in addition to having enough vaccine for booster doses.  At this point in time, here is what the plan looks like through the month of February 2021 (subject to change):

ü  Week beginning Monday, 1/11/2021:  Continue OCHD vaccine administration to eligible individuals in Phase 1A & 1B. 

ü  Week beginning Monday, 1/18/2021:  Continue OCHD vaccine administration to eligible individuals in Phase 1A & 1B, including booster shots. 

ü  Week beginning Monday, 1/25/2021:  Continue OCHD vaccine administration to eligible individuals in Phase 1A & 1B, including booster shots. 

ü  Week beginning Monday, 2/1/2021:  OCHD booster shot mass vaccination clinic.  This clinic will only be for those that received their first inoculation at the Arkansas Valley Fairgrounds in Rocky Ford on 1/6/2021.  Only booster shots will be given at this clinic.  The exact date of this booster shot clinic is still to be determined. 

ü  Week beginning Monday, 2/8/2021:  Continue OCHD vaccine administration to eligible individuals in Phase 1A & 1B, including booster shots. 

ü  Week beginning Monday, 2/15/2021:  Continue OCHD vaccine administration to eligible individuals in Phase 1A & 1B, including booster shots

ü  Week beginning Monday, 2/22/2021:  Continue OCHD vaccine administration to eligible individuals in Phase 1A & 1B, including booster shots. 

ü  And now, some very important points to remember: 

o   ALL CLINIC ACTIVITIES LISTED ABOVE ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE AND ARE CONTINGENT UPON AVAILABILITY OF VACCINE. 

o   Mass vaccination clinics:  In order to perform mass vaccination clinics, we have to have sufficient vaccine available while still being able to ensure soon-to-be-necessary booster shots.  We will advertise mass vaccination clinics once sufficient vaccine is available.  Please stay tuned. 

o   Age 70+ mass vaccination clinic registration:  Crowley and Otero residents that are aged 70+ can now register for mass vaccination clinics.  These clinics will be advertised when we have sufficient vaccine available.  However, you can get on the list now!  Here is the website to register:  ochdvaxnow.com

o   All clinic activities listed above are for Crowley/Otero counties only.  If you do not reside in Crowley or Otero County, please check with your Local Public Health Agency (LPHA) or your medical provider for COVID-19 vaccine availability.

o   Crowley and Otero residents, you can also check with your medical provider regarding vaccine availability through your medical provider. 

o   If you are going to receive a booster shot, please be sure to bring your COVID-19 vaccination card that you received during your initial vaccination.

o   OCHD is currently planning for mass vaccination clinics for Phase 2 eligible individuals.  These clinics are anticipated to begin in the spring (COVID-19 vaccine | Colorado COVID-19 Updates) so stay tuned for more information.

o   OCHD COVID-19 vaccination updates can be found using the following link:  COVID-19: Ongoing Updates - Otero County Government (Colorado) (oterogov.com)

§  Scroll down until you see the section entitled “Otero County Official Updates”.  This is where my updates are posted, and the most current is at the top of this section. 

o   To find what phase you belong to, visit this link and scroll down a bit:  COVID-19 vaccine | Colorado COVID-19 Updates

o   Want to learn more about the vaccines:

§  Colorado COVID-19 Vaccine Website:  COVID-19 vaccine | Colorado COVID-19 Updates

§  Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):  COVID-19 Vaccine frequently asked questions | Colorado COVID-19 Updates

§  Vaccine for Coloradans:  Vaccine for Coloradans | Colorado COVID-19 Updates

Now is not the time to give up or become complacent.  It will be quite some time before we develop sufficient herd immunity through vaccinations to adequately protect our communities.  The Latin phrase “remis velisque” comes to mind.  This Latin phrase literally means “with oars and sails”, but the idiom/expression conveys the thought of giving it our best with all that we are able.  So keep those oars in the water, continue rowing steadily, keep on course so that we can reach our destination.  What is our course, our direction?  Doing our very best each day to protect ourselves, our families, our communities (https://covid19.colorado.gov/prevention).  What is our destination?  A world in which we have left this sad chapter in our collective history behind us and finally beat COVID-19 together.  Each day brings us a little closer so remis velisque, it’s up to us!

Richard Ritter, Executive Director

Otero County Health Department

13 West 3rd Street, Room 111

La Junta, Colorado 81050

719-383-3045 (Office)

719-383-3060 (Fax)

rritter@oterogov.org