COVID-19, vaccine distribution updates for UCCS and El Paso County

Julia Jackson  

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COVID-19 vaccine distribution at UCCS 

     In February, the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) was approved to be a closed Point of Dispensing (POD) site for COVID-19 vaccine distribution. 

     In a March 12 email, UCCS reported, “We have placed our first vaccine order, and should vaccines be received in time, we will be hosting two vaccination clinics on March 30 and April 7.” 

     At this time, vaccination will only be available to faculty, staff and students who qualify for phase 1B.4, or prior phases, defined as employees “providing direct in-person services to students.” These individuals will receive a separate email with further information and instructions on how to sign up for vaccination. 

     After phase 1B.4 is completed, phase 2 of vaccination will include other employees working remotely or working on campus without regular in-person contact. 


     During the week of March 5-11, nine people in the UCCS community tested positive for COVID-19, according to the UCCS COVID-19-ready dashboard. 71 PCR diagnostic tests and 51 rapid antigen tests were performed, and three students were in isolation rooms on campus. 

     In the previous week, Feb. 26-March 4, 10 people tested positive, out of 82 PCR diagnostic tests and 27 rapid antigen tests performed. 17 students made use of isolation rooms during that week. 

     21 total positive cases were reported at UCCS in the month of February, and 27 positive cases have been reported in March as of March 12. 

COVID-19 and vaccine distribution in El Paso County 

     During the week of March 5-11, El Paso County reported 722 positive cases and one death due to COVID-19, according to El Paso County Public Health Data and Analytics. The current incidence rate is 110.0 cases per 100,000 people. 

     In the previous week, Feb. 26-March 4, the county reported 956 positive cases, with an incidence rate of 133 cases per 100,000 people, and one death. 

     122,709 people in El Paso County have been immunized with at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, while 74,356 people have completed their full vaccination dosage. 

     Since the beginning of the pandemic, the county has seen a total of 52,998 positive cases and 749 deaths, as of March 17.  

POD simulation at UCCS on Feb. 10, 2021. Photo courtesy of Communique.