Two years after the first COVID-19 case, Vail Health and Eagle County have much better tools and understanding of the disease going forward to better protect and prepare ourselves. This all means that Eagle County residents can feel prepared when they read headlines about new variants of COVID-19, like the new subvariant of the omicron variant known as “BA.2.”
The widespread circulation of BA.2 has led vaccine manufacturers to launch the FDA approval process for a fourth shot of the COVID-19 vaccine. Vail Health and other local providers will have the capability to offer these fourth shots once they are approved, which is said will likely happen in the next month or so.
Vail Health and its subsidiary Colorado Mountain Medical are reducing the frequency of COVID-19 vaccine clinics as the mass vaccination model is no longer needed at this time. Vaccines are still available through Eagle County Public Health, at Colorado Mountain Medical clinics, and at all pharmacies in Eagle County.
Moving forward, the idea is that COVID-19 vaccines will be offered by pharmacies and primary care providers in a routine fashion similar to flu vaccines. COVID-19 is “now readily established in our community and worldwide,” Chris Lindley said. “It will continue to be with us probably for as long as we live.”