After being shortchanged, El Paso County nonetheless lags in COVID-19 vaccine doses

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) — El Paso County is still lagging in the number of COVID-19 vaccines administered, according to state data.

The lag comes after El Paso County officials say they were shortchanged doses for weeks.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment launched its new vaccine data dashboard late Friday. The dashboard shows that El Paso County has administered 15,602 COVID-19 vaccine doses per 100,000 people.

The data shows Denver County has administered or 20,521 doses per 100,000 people. That’s nearly 5,000 doses more per 100,000 people compared to El Paso County. Denver has also received 46,280 doses than El Paso County despite only accounting for .2% more of the state’s total population.

El Paso County, which accounts for 12.5% of Colorado’s population has received the third-largest amount of COVID-19 vaccine doses in the state. Adams County, which makes up 9% of the state population has received 45,000 more doses than El Paso County, according to state data.

El Paso County Public Health leaders told KRDO last week that they are still working to meet the state goal of vaccinating 70% of seniors 70 and older by the end of February. Meeting the goal will allow businesses to expand capacity limits under Colorado’s new COVID-19 dial.

In Pueblo, 22,909 doses per 100,000 people have been administered as of Monday morning.

KRDO has reached out to state health officials for an interview. We have not yet heard back.

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