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Kat Pitner receives her first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine from Aspen Valley Hospital’s registered nurse Erica Purcell at the Benedict Music Tent parking lot in Aspen, Colo. on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. Pitner has lived in Aspen since 1974. “It feels awesome,” Pitner said about receiving the vaccine. “I so appreciate all of the people here getting this done.” (Kelsey Brunner/The Aspen Times via AP)

Colorado is in its first phase of rolling out the COVID-19 vaccine, but many residents are still struggling to find out information about where and when to get it. Here's a guide on how you can get vaccinated in the Colorado Springs area.

Recipients

Colorado intends to roll out the vaccine to adults older than 70, essential workers and frontline workers first. By spring, state officials plan to administer the vaccine to adults older than 60 and 16-59-year-olds with preexisting conditions. The state plans to offer the vaccine to the rest of the general public by summer.

Centura Health patients

Adults 70 years and older can sign up here to get notifications about vaccine distribution. Centura Health will send instructions about appointments to get vaccine through email and/or text message. Those without computers or internet can sign up by calling the vaccine hotline at 866-414-1562.

UCHealth patients

Adults 70 years and older can sign up here to create a My Health Connection online portal account to be put on a waiting list to receive the vaccine or call 720-462-2255 to set up a portal. Those who sign up will get a portal message or email about scheduling an appointment. Users must schedule an appointment with 48 hours of receiving the message to be eligible to receive the vaccine.

Optum and Mountain View Medical Group

Adults 70 years and older can email COSvaccine@optum.com to be put on the COVID-19 vaccine waiting list. Those who email should send their first and last name, date of birth, and telephone number. Anyone without access to the internet or email can call 1-719-463-5650 to be put on the waiting list.

Peak Vista Community Health Centers

Adults 70 years and older can call 719-344-6500 to get on a waiting list to receive the vaccine. Seniors can also schedule online with this form.

Matthews-Vu Medical Group

Adults 70 years and older can call 719-474-7380 to make an appointment. The hotline line will be answered Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., but not beyond the listed hours.

State hotline

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment can be reached at 1-877-268-2926. Through the end of January, the hotline will be answered Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 10 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Beginning Feb. 1, hours will extend to 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

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