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Wednesday, 17 February 2021 10:17

Which Vaccination Phase Are Your Employees In?

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As of February 14th, 37.5 million Americans and 630,000 Coloradans have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Now that vaccination is available, we’ve been getting more questions about when a plan member can get it and how they go about doing so. What’s the best way to determine when and where they’ll be able to receive the vaccine? 

 The prioritization of vaccine administration in Colorado is based on the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s phasing guidelines: 

Phase 1A: Highest risk healthcare workers and long-term care facility residents

Phase 1B.1: Age 70+, moderate-risk healthcare workers, and first responders

Phase 1B.2: People aged 65-69 years, pre-K-12 educators and child care workers, and continuity of state government

Phase 1B.3: Frontline essential workers and people age 16-64 with two or more high risk conditions

Phase 2: People age 60-64, and those with one high risk condition

Phase 3: General Public – Anyone age 16-59

Colorado is currently in Phase 1B.2 as of this writing. Future phases will likely be split into more granulated sub-phases to avoid the frustration arising when there are far more people eligible than vaccines available.

If your employees aren’t sure which category they fall into, send them to CDHPE’s full Phasing guidelines or encourage them to answer the questions in this simple quiz to figure out what priority group they fall into. If an employee feels that they are in the wrong phase, and a certain pre-existing condition ought to enable them to be in an earlier phase, it is our understanding that they should seek assistance from their doctor.

Most health plans are sending out information to their members on how to schedule vaccination appointments once they become eligible, and will be covering the 2-dose vaccination at no cost-share to the member.

Here is a map for all of the current locations in Colorado that are administering vaccinations

Fall River will continue to bring you more details as they are available. As always, if you have further questions about this very important topic affecting your workplace, please contact your Fall River Client Manager.

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Kristen Russell

Kristen founded Fall River Employee Benefits as the culmination of her insurance industry career as an actuary, underwriting executive & consultant. As an Assistant Vice President at Great-West Healthcare (now part of CIGNA), she managed a $1 Billion block of health insurance. She also worked as a Senior Consultant at Reden & Anders, consulting to insurance companies and large employers throughout the country. Ms. Russell received a Bachelor of Science, Business Administration in Actuarial Science, is a member of the American Academy of Actuaries and achieved Fellowship in the Society of Actuaries through a rigorous nine-year series of exams.

Kristen grew up in Iowa but has lived in Colorado since 1993, currently living near our office in the Lower Highlands neighborhood near downtown Denver.  She enjoys bicycling, hiking, traveling and has a special passion for non-profit volunteering. She is married to an incredibly talented photojournalist, has two adult stepdaughters and an adorable Border Collie/Lab mix named Chaco.