COVID Vaccinations Lower in El Paso County as Hospital Admissions Rise – CBS Denver

AURORA, Colorado. (CBS4) – They now care for more than 125 COVID-19 patients nationwide, according to new statistics from UCHealth. That’s most of it for almost three months. Additionally, hospital admissions for COVID-19 across the UCHealth system have doubled in less than four weeks.

“We are at a peak that is directly caused by the unvaccinated,” said Dr. Richard Zane, UCHealth Chief Innovation Officer and Chair of Emergency Medicine at the CU School of Medicine. “These patients are almost all in the areas with the lowest vaccination rates.”

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This is thanks to the new highly contagious Delta variant and some people who still refuse to be vaccinated. Carolyn Carroll Flynn is the Nurse Manager of the COVID Vaccine Clinics at UCHealth Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs.

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El Paso County, where Colorado Springs is located, is one of the areas with the lowest vaccination rates in the state. The county ranks 25th among the percent of eligible people vaccinated with one or more doses of a COVID vaccine. Flynn says she hasn’t had a lot of vaccinations lately.

“At the height of our vaccination, we were treating over 2,000 patients a day. We probably saw around 100 today, ”said Flynn.

She says she spends a large part of her day talking to people and combating misinformation they hear online. Zane says misinformation is also heard from patients in the emergency room. Some sick and dying people even cling to it in their hospital beds, others regret it.

“The answer really ranges from, ‘I refuse to believe I have COVID. COVID does not exist. I’m not going to talk to you about a vaccine, even though they are so obviously dying of COVID, until ‘I wish I had been vaccinated’ or ‘can you give me the vaccine now?’ “

Both he and Flynn say it doesn’t have to be that way. Zane says the time is now.

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“Get vaccinated. There’s nothing to wait,” he said.

Flynn says it’s a personal choice, but keep in mind that it’s a choice that could affect others than yourself.

“Think about your family. Look at your children. Do you think of those who are close to you who may have weakened immune systems and would you like to expose them to potentially deadly things? ”She said.

UCHealth gives you a free vaccine in each of their clinics, and they have even added additional clinics to accommodate more people. If you want to get vaccinated, you can visit one of these clinics:

University of Colorado Hospital, 12605 E. 16th Ave., Aurora (Bruce Schröffel Conference Center)

  • Saturday, August 7th; 7 a.m. – 2.30 p.m. (Pfizer vaccination, ages 12 and up)
  • Saturday, August 14; 7 a.m. – 2.30 p.m. (J & J vaccination, from 18 years)

Rockies Medical Center, 2500 Mountain Ave., Loveland (Navajo Peak Conference Room, Lower Level)

  • Saturday, August 7th; 7 a.m.-2.30 p.m. (Pfizer vaccine)
  • Saturday, August 14; 7 a.m. – 2.30 p.m. (J&J vaccine)

Administrative center of the memorial, 2420 E. Pikes Peak Avenue, Colorado Springs (Cuchara Room)

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  • Saturday, August 7th; 7 a.m.-2.30 p.m. (Pfizer vaccine)
  • Saturday, August 14; 7 a.m. – 2.30 p.m. (J&J vaccine)
  • Note: Vaccinations are also available on Fridays from 7:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the memorial administration center.

Walk-ins are welcome in the clinics; no appointments are necessary.

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