Castle Pines vaccine clinic open to all

Up to 1,200 doses of the Pizer vaccine available per day to residents 16 and up

Thelma Grimes
tgrimes@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 4/27/21

A makeshift COVID-19 vaccination clinic has been set up to serve up to 1,200 people per day at the old Safeway building in Castle Pines. About 5,000 people have been vaccinated since the clinic …

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Castle Pines vaccine clinic open to all

Up to 1,200 doses of the Pizer vaccine available per day to residents 16 and up

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A makeshift COVID-19 vaccination clinic has been set up to serve up to 1,200 people per day at the old Safeway building in Castle Pines. About 5,000 people have been vaccinated since the clinic opened in early April.

Castle Pines Mayor Tera Radloff said, “While they don’t have an ongoing presence in our community, Safeway has demonstrated they can be a resource to the community of Castle Pines. Having a convenient vaccination location with a variety of available times has been welcomed by our local community and surrounding area. The speed at which the appointments were scheduled demonstrates the demand and interest.”

The City of Castle Pines worked with Denver Mayor Michael Hancock and Safeway to bring a pop-up vaccine center at 560 Castle Pines Parkway.

“It was a pleasure to work with Safeway, Mayor Radloff and other regional partners to bring a vaccine center to Castle Pines,” said Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock. “The virus knows no borders, and this is a great example of how a regional approach can address our common needs and concerns.”

Nikki Price, director of pharmacy operations for Albertsons/Safeway Pharmacies, said the clinic is open to everyone, noting that people from all over the Denver metro region have taken advantage of the convenient clinic, located just off Interstate 25, in the first three weeks.

The location is offering the Pizer vaccine, which means anyone 16 and up can get vaccinated. This version of the vaccination requires two doses three weeks apart.

“We are going to keep doing this as long as there is a demand,” Price said. “We want to do our part to get people back to normal. We want people to get back to hugging family members and living life. We want students who are in sports and school to come get vaccinated and be safe.”

This is not a walk-in clinic. Price said residents need to register online before coming in. To register, visit the website at www.mhealthsystem.com/castlepinesvaccinecenter.

Price said she has seen a declined in registrations at the location. During the week of April 20, Price said they started the week full of appointments, but they steadily declined through Sunday.

This trend is also being reflected at the national level during the week of April 20, with daily vaccination showing decreasing rates in many areas.

After taking office, President Joe Biden said one of his goals in his first 100 days was to have 100 million Americans vaccinated. The goal was exceeded given more than 200 million people have received at least one dose of a vaccine.

According to information released by Our World Data, daily rates are on the decline. In early April, it was estimated more than four million doses were administered in one day. By April 21, the average dropped to 3.02 million.

According to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Safety, 3.6 million vaccinations have been administered statewide. About 2.3 million Coloradans have received at least one dose of the vaccine and 1.4 million are fully immunized.

Earlier this month, the state announced the availability of vaccines for all adults 16 and older.

To find a listing of all vaccine clinics in Douglas County, visit the website at www.douglas.co.us/covid-vaccination-information/.

Learn more about vaccines available in Colorado by visiting the following website, covid19.colorado.gov/vaccine

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