COVID Vaccination Information and Clinics

Attention Juniors and Seniors:

Below is information on how to register for a COVID Vaccination Clinic geared toward just those aged 16-18.

Otero County Health Department is thinking that this may benefit those students who have activities during the summer (ie, sports, drama, fair, etc.) This would allow them to participate and not quarantine if something were to happen (example: exposure to someone testing positive for COVID-19.)

  • Date: Friday, April 16, 2021

  • Location: Rocky Ford Public Safety Building - 300 S. Main Street, Rocky Ford, CO

  • Time: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Please schedule your time on the following site:

The directions below show a step-by-step process of how to sign up. If you have questions, please contact Aaron Oliveri with the Otero County Health Department by email or by phone at 719-468-6035.

School Acuity Directions.pdf

Information on COVID Vaccinations from Otero County Health Department dated 4.2.2021:


a. Phase/Prioritization and Timelines

Important Note: Timeline subject to change based on supply chain. Prioritization subject to change based CDC guidance, data, science, availability.

Website: Find out when you're eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine | Colorado COVID-19 Updates

Phase 1A

o Timeline: Currently vaccinating

o Eligibility requirements

§ People who have direct contact with COVID-19 patients for 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period.

§ Long-term care facility staff and residents.

Phase 1B.1

Timeline: Currently vaccinating

Eligibility requirements

o Coloradans 70 and older

o Moderate risk health care workers

o First responders.

Phase 1B.2

ü Timeline: Currently vaccinating

ü Eligibility requirements

o Coloradans ages 65-69

o PreK-12 educators and school staff

§ Teachers (full-time, student teachers, and substitutes)

§ Bus drivers, school food service workers, counselors, administrative staff, safety workers, and other support services offered inside the school.

o Child care workers in licensed programs.

o State Government: Members of the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial branches of government.

Phase 1B.3

Timeline: Currently vaccinating

Eligibility requirements

o People age 60 and older

o Frontline essential workers in grocery and agriculture

o People ages 16-59 with two or more high-risk conditions

Phase 1B.4

Timeline: Currently vaccinating

Eligibility requirements

o People age 50 and older

o Frontline workers

o People with high risk conditions

o Continuity of operations for state government

o Continuity of operations for local government

o A much more detailed list for Phase 1B.4 can be found here: Find out when you're eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine | Colorado COVID-19 Updates

Phase 2

Timeline: Currently vaccinating

Eligibility requirements: General public age 16 and over who were not included in earlier phases.

For vaccination phase information in Spanish, please go to this website: SPA phase distribution

More detailed definitions for each of these phases is available at: Find out when you're eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine | Colorado COVID-19 Updates

Please note: As we move through phases, people in previous phases remain eligible.

b. Phase 1 & Phase 2 Vaccination Registration: Now all of those (aged 16+) that desire a COVID-19 vaccination can register at our registration website. This registration site now includes BOTH Phase 1 (1B.1, 1B.2, 1B.3, & 1B.4) & Phase 2. We will contact those registered on a “first registered, first served” basis as vaccine supply allows. Here is the website to register:

c. Vaccination Registration Assistance: If you need assistance with online registration, we are happy to help you register for a vaccination. Please call the following OCHD staff during normal business hours and ask for assistance with vaccination registration:

Dee Leyba, 719-241-4741

Carolina Cortez, 719-468-8083


§ If these staff are not readily available, please leave your name and phone number and they will return your call as soon as they are able.

§ This is for individuals in Crowley and Otero County.

d. Ayuda En Espanol (Spanish Language Assistance): Para ayuda en Espanol, habla con Debbie Jaramillo en 719-383-3040 por favor (For help in Spanish, please call Debbie Jaramillo at 719-383-3040).

e. Vaccinations Through Medical Providers: If you have not yet received your vaccination, please check with your medical provider or local pharmacy regarding eligibility and vaccine supply. You can still check with your medical provider even if you have registered on OCHD’s website. If you have already registered on our website and you get the chance to get your initial vaccination at your medical provider, take it! Then when we contact you to schedule your vaccination, simple tell us you have already received it at your medical provider’s office and we will simply take you off of our list and contact the next person in line.

f. OCHD Vaccines: OCHD is now using both Moderna and Pfizer vaccines. OCHD does not get to choose which vaccine we receive, and we have absolutely no hesitancy in using either Pfizer or Moderna. The Pfizer vaccine requires ultra-cold refrigeration, and OCHD has an appropriate ultra-cold freezer that maintains this vaccine at the proper temperature. Additionally, we have a digital temperature logger attached to it to ensure that the vaccine stays at the proper temperature. It is critically important that we use what we receive, and both of these vaccines are authorized and recommended for use.

If you would like to learn more about the Pfizer vaccine, please visit this website: Coronavirus COVID-19 Vaccine Update: Latest Developments | Pfizer

Here is where you can get information on the Moderna vaccine: Moderna’s Fully Enrolled Phase 3 COVE Study of mRNA-1273 | Moderna, Inc. (

If you have any further questions, please contact Dee Leyba during normal business hours at 719-241-4741

g. Booster Shots

Where to go to get your booster shot: If you received your first vaccination through OCHD, we will contact you to arrange a time for your booster shot. If you received your first shot at another medical provider (i.e., your doctor’s office or pharmacy), please contact them regarding your booster shot. Regardless of where you go to get your booster shot, please be sure to bring your COVID-19 vaccination card that you received during your initial vaccination.

Booster Shot Timing: Here is the CDPHE information regarding the timing of booster shots: “If it isn’t possible to get the second dose on the right day, the second dose can be given early, up to 4 days before it is due. Additionally, the second dose can be given as late as 42 days (6 weeks) after the first dose. This is called a grace period.” Here is the website where you can read the above information COVID-19 Vaccine frequently asked questions | Colorado COVID-19 Updates and the information is under the heading entitled “Getting your second dose of vaccine”.

Booster shot appointments: If you received your first dose of COVID-19 vaccine from OCHD, we will contact you to make an appointment for your booster shot. We are having some trouble contacting a few people because they are not answering their phones nor returning messages. Please answer your phone or return a message from OCHD so we can schedule your booster shot appointment.

h. More Vaccine Information: Colorado-specific information on COVID-19 vaccine can be found here:

Colorado COVID-19 Vaccine Website: COVID-19 vaccine | Colorado COVID-19 Updates

Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): COVID-19 Vaccine frequently asked questions | Colorado COVID-19 Updates

Vaccine for Coloradans: Vaccine for Coloradans | Colorado COVID-19 Updates

Colorado Vaccine Dashboard (including county-level data): Vaccine data | Colorado COVID-19 Updates

Vaccination Phases: To find the vaccination phase to which you belong and the current vaccination timelines, visit this link and scroll down a bit: Find out when you're eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine | Colorado COVID-19 Updates

Moderna Vaccine Information: Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine EUA Fact Sheet for Recipients and Caregivers (

Pfizer Vaccine Information: Coronavirus COVID-19 Vaccine Update: Latest Developments | Pfizer

Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) Vaccine Information: Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine Official Website

Currently approved vaccine side-by-side comparisons:

CDPHE COVID-19 vaccine hotline: This is a state-wide call center for the public to ask questions specifically about the COVID-19 vaccine. The hotline is open hours a day, seven days a week. The toll-free number is 1-877-CO VAX CO (1-877-268-2926).