COVID-19 Update: Oct. 25, 2021

RBC I COVID-19 case counts continue to rise, with 30 new Meeker cases and 29 new cases in Rangely reported between Oct. 18 and Oct. 25. The county’s public health data page (https://rbc.us/606/COVID-19-Updates) is showing five new COVID-19 hospitalizations in the last 14 days and 26 cases in the school districts.

COVID VACCINES

In Meeker and Rangely (public health offices):

Moderna (18 and up) and Pfizer (12 and up): Thursdays 12-5:30 p.m., walk-in, no appointment necessary. Please call 970-878-9520 with any questions or for special accommodations.

Pioneers Medical Center is currently offering walk-in clinics for Johnson and Johnson and Moderna vaccine on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to noon or 2-4 p.m.

BOOSTER SHOTS

Third doses of mRNA vaccine (both Pfizer and Moderna) are currently recommended for moderately to severely immunocompromised individuals. Please contact your doctor to see if you fall into this category. On Sept. 23, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) officially recommended Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine booster shots for everyone over age 65, people whose work puts them at high risk of contracting COVID-19, and people age 18 and older based on their own decision relating to their risk from COVID. Booster doses should be given approximately six months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series. Moderna booster doses were recommended unanimously by the FDA last week, and formal approval is expected by Oct. 21 from ACIP for a half dose booster for these same groups.

PEDIATRIC VACCINATIONS

Roll out of pediatric doses of Pfizer for 5-11 year olds is expected to begin by the end of the month, and planning/ordering has begun. These will be available through RBC Public Health.

FLU SHOTS

Flu shots are now available by appointment (65+ high dose available). Drive through clinics are held from 4:30-6 p.m. on the second and fourth Monday in Meeker at the Fairgrounds, and the second and fourth Thursday in Rangely in between the library and public health building. All insurance accepted.