Fremont County Public Health aims to have educators vaccinated by end of month

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Health officials administer the COVID-19 vaccine to residents Saturday during the Fremont County Department of Public Health and Environment’s mass vaccination. More than 1,400 vaccines were given in freezing temperatures during the drive-through vaccination. Fremont County residents 65 years old and older can sign up for the vaccine. Email a name, address, date of birth and phone number to

More than 10,000 doses of the COVID vaccine have been administered to individuals in Fremont County, and by the end of the week, staff members from the county’s three school districts will be added to that tally.

Fremont County Public Health Director Kayla Marler’s goal is to have educators vaccinated by the end of February.

She asked the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment for a vaccination task force to help with vaccinating staff in the three school districts this week.

The team will offer vaccinations to staff in Cotopaxi on Thursday. On Friday, the team will be providing vaccines to Cañon City and the Florence-Penrose school district staff.

“I want to make sure that we get all of our teachers vaccinated by the end of the month,” Marler said. “Another good thing is the team is bringing their own doses, so that provides 600 extra doses into Fremont County that aren’t being ordered through us.”

Cañon City Schools Superintendent George Welsh said the vaccines are not mandatory for staff, but the majority are going to get them.

“However, we are offering a payment incentive to staff who choose to participate and return to work for the district in fall 2021,” he said. “Our district survey indicated just under 80% of our staff intend to participate.”

Marler said the Fremont County Department of Public Health and Environment also is collaborating with St.Thomas More Hospital, which is helping to administer vaccines to those on the 65-and-older waiting list.

Additionally, Marler has worked out an agreement with the Department of Corrections to receive their unused doses rather than having them sent back to the federal government.

“I’ll take them and then we will distribute them to Valley-Wide or St. Thomas More,” she said.

FCDPHE has administered 4,127 doses to date. Other partners and vaccine providers have administered 6,271 doses.

“I am very, very proud of my team,” Marler said. “That’s running with two nurses and our great volunteers.”

As of Tuesday morning, there were 80 active COVID-19 cases in Fremont County, 32 active hospitalizations and 48 COVID-related deaths.

MAKO has tested 12,953 individuals.

In other business during the Fremont County Board of Commissioners meeting on Tuesday, the board tabled a decision for a request for a modification of a Special Review Use for Twin Enviro Services and scheduled a second public hearing on the matter for 10 a.m. June 8.

Twin Enviro is requesting a major modification to allow for a vertical and lateral expansion of the Phantom Canyon Landfill. The expansion includes expanding the limits of waste by approximately 100 feet along with the current waste limit southern boundary and includes raising the final waste/cover grades along the southern portion of the landfill.

The board conducted a public hearing Feb. 9, but Twin Enviro has requested an opportunity to provide supplemental information based on comments, questions and concerns submitted at that meeting.

“If the application for the expansion is denied, the landfill has approximately 10 additional years of operation at the current site before closing,” Commission Chair Dwayne McFall said. “If it is approved, it will continue approximately 20 years. Either way, the concerns that we heard during the public hearing need to be resolved.”

The public is welcome to weigh in with new information during the hearing.

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