Masks and face coverings
Public Health strongly recommends wearing a mask in public indoor settings — regardless of vaccination status — in alignment with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations.
Nearly 60 percent of eligible residents vaccinated halfway through 2021
El Paso County, CO – As we enter the second half of 2021, it is timely to reflect on the tremendous accomplishment in administering more than 670,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines in El Paso County. The work could not have been reached without strong interagency partnerships and collaboration among members of the El Paso County and Colorado Springs Vaccine Consortium, who worked diligently to make this achievement possible.
Residents have taken advantage of a variety options to receive vaccines, whether at a drive-thru site, a clinic or pharmacy, mobile vaccination events or equity clinics. The El Paso County and Colorado Springs Vaccine Consortium has worked hard and has been intentional to remove all barriers for people to get vaccinated. Mission Medical Center was one of the first equity clinics to offer vaccines for individuals in underserved and low-income communities, and has administered more than 2,200 doses since early March. Operation House Call, a partnership between Public Health, Colorado Springs Fire Department and Matthews-Vu, was able to provide the vaccine to 130 individuals who are homebound and not able to travel to a vaccine site.
“While the work continues, it’s important to reflect on the collective actions to coordinate these life-saving prevention efforts in every corner of our county,” said Susan Wheelan, director of El Paso County Public Health. “The higher our COVID vaccinations rates are, the lower case rates, hospitalizations and deaths we will experience in El Paso County communities. Nearly 60 percent of people have been vaccinated locally as we've seen our disease rates decrease, showing the effectiveness and safety of these vaccines. Many thanks to all of the public health workers, medical professionals, emergency responders, military and trusted leaders, who gave shots and helped coordinate this enormous effort, and residents for stepping up to protect themselves and the community to stop the spread of COVID.”
COVID-19 vaccines are available for anyone 12 years and older at pharmacies and clinics. See below for sites dedicated to only COVID-19 vaccinations.
“UCHealth employees made history in Colorado when they were the first in the Pikes Peak region to receive vaccinations on Dec. 14, and since then, thousands of others in the community have joined them in seeking protection from COVID-19,” said Joel Yuhas, president and CEO of UCHealth Memorial. “UCHealth has provided nearly 137,000 doses of vaccine to southern Coloradans, and while we are proud of those efforts, we know there is more to be done. If you haven’t yet been vaccinated, now is the time. There is no longer a vaccine shortage, and same-day appointments are available. It’s become especially important in the fight against the highly contagious Delta variant. We are closely watching its impact on COVID-19 in Colorado, as well as hospitalizations.”
Vaccine data through Tuesday, June 29, including federal estimates:
To access the latest vaccine numbers for El Paso County, see the COVID-19 vaccine dashboard.
COVID-19 data trends through Tuesday, June 29
For more comprehensive local data, see the COVID-19 data dashboard.
Upcoming vaccine appointments available in El Paso County
Photo courtesy of El Paso County Public Health: Gilbert Garcia receives his COVID-19 vaccine during a clinic at the Citizens Service Center this month.