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Colorado to start closing community vaccination sites, ends program for free home tests

Closing the vaccination sites is part of the state’s "Roadmap to Moving Forward."

DENVER — As the State of Colorado ends its program for free at-home COVID-19 tests, it also will move from offering vaccines through state-run community vaccination sites to traditional healthcare settings beginning March 31.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) said the transition from community vaccination sites will be phased, and equity will continue to be prioritized with mobile vaccine buses.

Colorado's mobile vaccine clinics will continue operations through at least June 30.

CDPHE said this step is part of the state’s Roadmap to Moving Forward. Final operations for community vaccination sites will be listed on the state’s website.

In addition to mobile vaccine clinics, CDPHE said community-based pop-up vaccination clinics and other vaccine-related resources and programs will continue. CDPHE has also partnered with 9Health:365 to offer free and low-cost vaccinations and health screenings.

The state has partnered with 54 local public health agencies, multiple community and health care partners over the last 24 months to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine outside of the traditional healthcare system. CDPHE said if necessary, the state is prepared to reestablish these systems, including community vaccination sites, within a four-to-five week timeline.

Tuesday is the last day to order free at-home COVID tests from Colorado. When the state's rapid at-home testing program launched in September, it was the first program of its kind in the nation.

Since then, the state has shipped more than 2.5 million rapid tests to Coloradans.

Going forward, Colorado will outsource the project now that the Biden administration offers free at-home tests to all Americans. After midnight, Coloradans who try to order tests from the state will be directed to the website for the federal program.

More information about COVID vaccines, as well as assistance with scheduling an appointment, is available at covid19.colorado.gov/vaccine.

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