Optum, a major primary care provider in Colorado Springs, will be vaccinating seniors 70 and over against the coronavirus starting next week.
The company, which also includes Mountain View Medical Group, is one of the youngest healthcare providers to start vaccinating patients. Centura Health and Peak Vista Community health centers started this week, while UCHealth started shortly after starting a pilot program in December.
El Paso County's health care workers are vaccinating those in First Priority Group 1A, which includes healthcare providers working with COVID-19 patients, as well as long-term care facility workers and residents. The county has also started Phase 1B, which includes healthcare workers with lower exposure risk, first aiders, and seniors aged 70 and over.
Optum will contact patients 70 years and older via email and notifications through the patient portal with instructions on how to register and request an appointment, said Kalen Carter, a spokeswoman for the clinic. As soon as the patients are on the waiting list, Optum will contact them either by phone or by email with their appointment. Patients will be served based on availability, she said.
The company could deliver up to 600 to 700 vaccines per day, but it expects around 100 to 150 vaccines per day based on current supplies, Carter said.
Patients can visit CoSprings.optum.com/COVID-19-Vaccine for updates.