Distribution Plan

January 6, 2021

With the new year comes new hope, as the distribution of vaccines for the SARS-CoV-2 virus begins. As our campus returns from holiday break and prepares for the new semester, we have much to look forward to together. This note provides an update on plans for vaccine distribution for our campus.

Phase 1 Underway in Colorado

The first phase of COVID-19 vaccine distribution in Colorado is underway, including vaccinations at our hospital partners.

Currently, all vaccines are purchased by the federal government and distributed to states, with a still limited supply available. The university does not have doses at this time. In anticipation of receiving the vaccine, we established a working group made up of representatives from across the campus to ensure eligible staff and students are included in appropriate phases based on the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) priority listing, and to prepare our campus for the possibility of additional doses. When you are eligible for vaccination, you will be contacted by the university or one of the hospital partners.

The CDPHE vaccine distribution plan is built into three phases.

  • Phase 1 (A and B) includes high-risk healthcare workers, as well as staff and patients in long-term care facilities. This phase was recently expanded by Gov. Jared Polis to include Coloradans age 70+, moderate-risk healthcare workers, first responders, frontline essential workers, and those critical to continuity of state government.
  • CDPHE expects to move into Phase 2 this spring. At that time the vaccine should be available for individuals age 60+ and those with higher-risk medical conditions as well as other essential workers and educators.
  • Phase 3, when the COVID-19 vaccine is available for the general public, is currently anticipated to open this summer. 
  • Once a vaccine is available to all Coloradans, CDPHE will provide information for available vaccine providers.


Remain Vigilant On Campus & Off

This historic vaccination effort represents the first step toward a return to normalcy, and we must remain vigilant as the phased distribution plan unfolds. Follow campus safety protocols and basic public health guidance, like physical distancing and mask wearing, until a vaccine is widely available and distributed to all Coloradans. 

Remember, free testing is available for CU Anschutz employees, students and household members through March 31, 2021. Click here to schedule.

More information will be coming as this major effort continues, and you can keep up with our state’s vaccination plans here.