DENVER (CBS4)– As more children in Colorado become eligible to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, state health officials are making it easier for parents to find a vaccine clinic. The latest effort by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has clinics popping up at kid-friendly places, like zoos and museums.
The CDPHE released a list of upcoming vaccine clinics that include the Pueblo Zoo, the Denver Zoo, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, WOW! Children’s Museum in Lafayette, the Children’s Museum of Denver, as well as some libraries and popular outdoor venues.
The first was Saturday at the Denver Zoo, where hundreds of families brought their kids throughout the day. Children who got their first shot were given access to the zoo for the day or a future date.
“We’re certainly a high profile destination, one of the most visited places in the state, but it’s also an opportunity for us because we’re able to incentivize people to come and get their vaccines by providing access to the zoo,” said Jake Kubie, communications director for the Denver Zoo.
Liseth Venueza brought her two sons and two nephews to the zoo after having little luck at two other clinics in Denver. She said she hoped to get them vaccinated as soon as possible so they could start getting back to a normal life.
“I’m feeling so much better,” Vinueza said. “I’m ready for the next dose to come.”
This latest effort is to ensure that busy parents don’t need to make major adjustments to their schedules in order to get their children vaccinated.
“It was awesome to see some of our youngest Coloradans getting protected against this virus and to know that we are this much closer to ending the pandemic,” said Gov. Jared Polis in a statement. “As the father of two children who will be getting their vaccines tomorrow, I know the relief and joy that other parents felt today. I want to thank every child who got a shot for stepping up to help Colorado.”
There are also several clinics scheduled at Children’s Hospital Colorado locations around the state. Those wanting to get vaccinated can attend these clinics without being a patient at Children’s Hospital. COVID-19 vaccines are free and no insurance is required.