More than 149,000 Adams County residents received at least one vaccine dose and more on the way with new site

Newly operational Dick’s Sporting Goods Park mass vaccination site has goal to vaccinate thousands of people a day

Liam Adams
ladams@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 3/22/21

About 14.3 percent of Adams County’s population is fully vaccinated.

More than 94,000 people have received one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, 54,000-plus have received both doses, …

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More than 149,000 Adams County residents received at least one vaccine dose and more on the way with new site

Newly operational Dick’s Sporting Goods Park mass vaccination site has goal to vaccinate thousands of people a day

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About 14.3 percent of Adams County’s population is fully vaccinated.

More than 94,000 people have received one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, 54,000-plus have received both doses, according to Tri-County’s dashboard. With the achievements so far and what is to come, Tri-County Health believes it can reach its goal to make enough vaccines available for all eligible adults in the Tri-County area by May, in accordance with a goal President Joe Biden set two weeks ago.

When Biden announced that goal, “We saw no reason why we shouldn’t be using the same framework,” said Dr. John Douglas, executive director of Tri-County Health Department, at an Adams County Board of Commissioners  study session March 16.

Currently, there are 37 healthcare providers in Adams County administering vaccines, ranging from a Tri-County clinic in Westminster to other clinics with Clinica Family Health and Salud Family Health Centers, to pharmacies and King Soopers. The Thornton Fire Department has also been inoculating community members. Thirteen other providers in the county who have received approval to provide the vaccine await doses, said Sara Garrington, Tri-County’s emergency preparedness and response manager.

If all 50 approved providers had vaccines, the county’s total weekly vaccine capacity is 16,800 doses.

“You have a lot of capacity within Adams County,” Garrington said.

The caveat, Douglas added, is that there aren’t enough vaccines to meet the capacity. “We think all three of our counties may be under-allocated in terms of vaccines,” Douglas said.

That trajectory will change, though, with the Dick’s Sporting Goods Park mass vaccination site that the state runs that opened March 22. It is open for four days, Monday through Thursday, for its first week. The site’s goal for the first week is to administer 2,000 doses a day, said Micki Trost, a spokesperson for Colorado Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Management. Eventually, the plan is for the site to be open six days a week and to administer 6,000 doses a day.

Individuals who are eligible to receive the vaccine can register by calling 720-263-5737 or by visiting the website

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