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A history of vaccines in Colorado – Colorado Springs, Colorado

Colorado Springs, Colorado 2020-11-22 16:13:06 –

Many have given new optimism about the Colorado-Coronavirus vaccine, as they received news in the last two weeks. But what is the distribution in Colorado?

We delve deeper into the history of vaccines in our state. And what we now know about the COVID-19 vaccine.

There have been some promising reports recently regarding the COVID-19 vaccination. According to Pfizer, the vaccine is 95% effective and Moderna is 94.5% effective.

But as public health professionals work to fight the virus, there are many questions about what will happen next.

State vaccine plans go through some of those plans as vaccines become available in the state.
Read Colorado’s COVID-19 vaccination program submitted to the CDC

Colorado Public Health and Environment Department

Information from Colorado’s vaccine program submitted to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (October 2020)

When the plan was announced, Colorado Governor Jared Polis explained, “This is very important because we initially expect supply to be limited.”

The state plan sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last month collapses in this way. Due to the limited number of doses, healthcare professionals treating patients with COVID-19 may be a top priority. People at high risk of serious effects from COVID-19. Consider a person over the age of 65 and a person with an underlying illness. Others are considered to be in an important population with the highest risk of the virus.

But what about students in Colorado schools?

“School vaccinations are done by state law,” explains Stephanie Wasserman, director of the Colorado Department of Immunity. She says all states require some form of vaccination for childcare students from kindergarten to higher education.

In 1978, Colorado enacted the first law in a book on vaccines for students. Colorado does not require flu vaccines for students, as is the case in most states in the United States. Wasserman said whether Colorado students need to be vaccinated with the coronavirus is probably a few years away. Partly because the vaccines for children have not been thoroughly tested.

“There is no information needed to make these decisions,” says Wasserman.

Here’s what Colorado’s kindergarten-to-high school students currently need:

  • Hepatitis B
  • Diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough (DTaP)
  • Inactivated poliovirus (IPV)
  • Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)
  • Chickenpox (chickenpox)

The important point here is that the state grants exemptions for either medical or non-medical reasons. But as far as the COVID-19 vaccine is concerned, the real priority is to get approval and deliver it to those who need it most.

There are several vaccine trials that recruit children for research. Pfizer has already moved to another stage with 12-year-olds.

Related: Public distrust could be another hurdle for health authorities distributing COVID vaccines | News5 Coronavirus coverage

Immunization rates for school-age children in Colorado

However, immunization rates for school children in Colorado have been found to be consistently low for many years compared to other states. The CDC Colorado, reported in 2019, is the 49th in the country when it comes to vaccination of kindergarten children.

Part of the reason is that more parents are exercising state rights to exempt their children for personal, medical, or religious reasons. Colorado is currently following national guidelines, including the goal of fully immunizing 95% of all kindergarten children by 2020, but the state is currently inadequate.

In June, the Colorado State Capitol passed Senate Bill 163, which reviews the vaccination requirements for school admission. The bill plans to achieve higher vaccinations by streamlining vaccination and exemption rules and making it easier to track statistics on those who have been vaccinated and those who have not.

Opponents of the bill argue that many oppose most types of vaccination, but that it is a step towards formal enforcement by the state government in forcing children to be vaccinated. .. “It’s gradualism,” said Theo Wilson, who opposes the bill. “It’s a way they slowly get rid of this choice and that choice. And before you know it, you have no choice.”

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More information about the Colorado Joint COVID-19 Vaccine Planning Team of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

The team consists of representatives from both government and non-governmental agencies.Extensive, in addition to broad representatives of the Colorado Joint COVID Vaccination Planning Team (see below)
A stakeholder review process is planned.

  • Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment-Individuals from several areas of CDPHE are participating in vaccine planning efforts. The diverse backgrounds of these staff include individuals from the Immunization Department, Health Inequalities Department, Legal Compliance Department, Communications, Disease Control and Public Health Response Department, Emergency Response and Response Department, and Preventive Services Department. .. ..
  • Other State Agencies-CDPS including Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency (DHSEM). Colorado Human Services Division (CDHS), Colorado Regulatory Authority (DORA), Colorado Guard (CONG), and Colorado Governor’s Office.
  • Local Public Health Agency (LPHA)-LPHA in urban and rural areas, including representatives of Boulder, El Paso, Gunnison, Jefferson, Kit Carson, Summit and Tri-County.
  • Hospital Systems-Colorado Children’s Hospital, Denver Health Hospital Department, and University of Colorado-Anschutz Medical Center
  • Health Education-University of Colorado School of Medicine
  • Society and Association-Colorado Hospital Association, Colorado Medical Society, Colorado Pharmacist Association
  • Community-based organization-African-American Health Center and Colorado Cross Disability Alliance.
  • Pharmacy Chain-Walgreens.

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