This week, the first doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine began arriving in Colorado, following last week's arrival of the first doses of the Pfizer vaccine. For each of these vaccines, a diverse group of people participated in every phase of the clinical trials, and both companies have reported that the vaccines have around 95% efficacy.
The vaccine will be distributed in phases. These phases are designed to save as many lives as possible by vaccinating high-risk essential health care workers first. CDPHE is working closely with local public health agencies, health care providers, pharmacies, and diverse community partners to distribute the vaccine as equitably and efficiently as possible.
Due to limited availability, we expect that it will take several months until everyone is able to access the vaccine. To save lives until the vaccine becomes widely available, we need to prioritize essential health care workers and Coloradans who are most at risk for getting severely sick or even dying of COVID-19.
Cost will not be an obstacle to getting the vaccine. Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance will cover the cost of the COVID-19 vaccines. In addition, uninsured Coloradans will have access to free vaccines.
To view more information on the COVID-19 vaccine in Colorado, check out CDPHE's vaccine website.