The Sand Creek Library will host a COVID-19 vaccination clinic May 5 with the goal of vaccinating 250 Southeast Colorado Springs residents. The clinic will administer the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., or while supplies last. No ID or insurance is needed, and an American Sign Language interpreter and Spanish translator will be on-site as well. Future clinics are expected to follow but dates have not been announced yet. 

“We’re here to connect people with information, resources and services,” Teona Shainidze Krebs, chief public services officer and deputy chief librarian for the Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD), said in a news release. “We appreciate the opportunity to host COVID-19 vaccine clinics in partnership with the Governor’s Office so more community members who want access to the vaccine have an opportunity to get it.”

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The Sand Creek Library will host a COVID-19 vaccine clinic on May 5 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Medical providers like Peak Vista Community Health Centers and Centura Health have been working with El Paso County Public Health to ensure efficient distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine, but have noticed a reduction in demand for vaccination appointments. Centura Health reported that only 21 percent of vaccine appointments at the Broadmoor World Arena for the week of April 19 to April 26 were filled.

As of May 3, El Paso County Public Health reports that 180,470 people have been fully vaccinated, with 243,774 individuals vaccinated. According to the county’s vaccine dashboard, 42.9 percent of all eligible individuals in El Paso County have been vaccinated. Of those vaccinated, 60.5 percent have received the Pfizer vaccine, while 37.1 percent have received Moderna and 2.3 percent have received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. The vast majority of vaccine recipients, 73.6 percent, are white. Only 3.8 percent of vaccine recipients are Black, and 6.6 are Hispanic or Latino.

Peak Vista Community Health Centers hosted a Vaccine Equity Clinic in February, specifically targeting communities of color in Southeast Colorado Springs. El Paso County Public Health and the Colorado Springs Community Action Coalition hosted a Zoom webinar Feb. 27 in an attempt to combat vaccine hesitancy. El Paso County reports 64,321 COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began, with Black residents accounting for 4.3 percent of all cases and Hispanic or Latino residents accounting for 18.3 percent. Southeast Colorado Springs accounts for 11 percent of all COVID-19 cases in El Paso County.

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Centura Health held a mass-vaccination event Feb. 13 at the Broadmoor World Arena. They worked with community health partners like RISE to reach underserved communities.

Appointments for the Sand Creek Library vaccine clinic can be made here. The dates and times for future clinics hosted by PPLD can be found here.

“Since we began distributing vaccines to communities across our state, we have made a concerted effort to do so in a way that is equitable, saves the most lives, and ends the immediate public health crisis as quickly as possible,” said Gov. Jared Polis in a news release. “With each vaccine administered we take another step toward getting back to life as we knew it. I want to thank community organizations across our state for their partnership in ensuring that every person who wants a vaccine, can get one.”

 

Heidi Beedle is a former soldier, educator, activist, and animal welfare worker. She received a Bachelor’s in English from UCCS. She has worked as a freelance writer covering LGBTQ issues, nuclear disasters, cattle mutilations, and social movements.