05 Mar One Year Later
Today marks one year since the first case of COVID-19 was detected in Colorado. In a single year, we have made once unimaginable sacrifices, felt unthinkable loss, and have been tested as a state, a community, and as individuals.
And here we are, one year later, with over one million doses of safe, effective vaccines already distributed to Coloradans in every corner of the state. We’re also on track to have enough vaccine doses for every adult by the end of May. There is a light at the end of this tunnel.
With that, here are a few updates on vaccine distribution:
- Starting today, Colorado is moving into Phase 1B.3. The following groups are now eligible for vaccine appointments:
- Coloradans 60+
- Essential workers in grocery and agriculture
- People with 2+ high risk conditions
- In late March, the following groups in Phase 1B.4 will be eligible:
- Coloradans 50+
- Food service/restaurant workers
- Higher education faculty & staff
- US Postal service workers
- Manufacturing workers
- & more.
- Check out this vaccine appointment website and follow @COVaxAlerts on Twitter for the very latest vaccine availability.
Over the past year we went back to the drawing board time and time again to figure out how to tackle the big problems that have come as a result of the pandemic. We’re now in a place where we can start to build Colorado back stronger, while also setting our sights on a more equitable, just future. Our work is really about to pick up in the next few weeks, so keep an eye out for some exciting updates.
For now, here are a few bills worth watching as they advance through the Senate and make their way to the House:
SB21-113, this bill (which I’m sponsoring!) will purchase aircraft to support wildfire mitigation and response efforts. It has passed the Senate and is off to the House.
SB21-020, Senators Hansen & Hisey’s bill, boosts investments in energy storage, which is crucial to meeting Colorado’s clean energy goals. Passed the Senate, off to the House.
SB21-073, Senators Danielson & Coram’s bill, eliminates the civil statute of limitations for sex assault cases. This is an important step in reforming a system that has helped abusers escape accountability. Passed the Senate, off to the House.
SB21-057, Senators Winter & Gonzales’ bill, creates safeguards for student loan borrowers and will hold private lenders accountable. This bill has passed through its committee.
SB21-027, Senators Pettersen & Danielson’s bill, would administer diaper distribution centers that provide diapering essentials to eligible Colorado families. This bill has passed through its committee.
And a quick reminder on how to keep up with all the action at the Capitol:
- Find, track, and read a bill here.
- Watch our daily Senate proceedings here.
- And learn more about providing testimony for a bill here.
As always, send any questions, comments, or concerns you might have to firstname.lastname@example.org, or give my office a call at 303-866-4872.