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Colorado’s worst counties for COVID vaccine resistance in seniors

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A look at Las Animas in Bent County.

Newly available COVID-19 data from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment shows low vaccination rates in some counties among people aged 65 and older, a group more vulnerable to death or severe consequences of disease.

Statistics also show that in several counties where overall vaccination rates are low, the overwhelming majority of seniors are vaccinated, suggesting that rates for younger residents are worse than previously thought.

This week, the CDPHE revamped its COVID-19 vaccine data dashboard, with new breakdowns showing vaccination rates for all 64 counties in Colorado in three specific age categories: 65+, 18 and over and 12 and over. Among other things, this information confirms that senior vaccination rates are downright spectacular in many places, including some surprising ones.

El Paso County is one example. As of today, August 6, the county’s full vaccination rate for all eligible residents is 56%, but it is 99.9% for those 65 and over. Since U.S. Census figures for El Paso County calculate that people over 65 make up 13.2 percent of the population, the full vaccination rate for other eligible citizens is just over 40 percent. .

Nine counties in Colorado have full vaccination rates greater than 90% for people 65 and older: El Paso (99.9%), La Plata (99.9%), Montezuma (99.9%), Broomfield (95.4%), Boulder (95.1%), Douglas (93.9 percent), Gunnison (91.3 percent), Routt (91.2 percent) and Adams (91.1 percent) . In fourteen other counties, the full vaccination rate for this age group is between 80 and 90%; Denver’s rate is 83.9%.

In Mesa County, which has become Colorado’s star child for low immunization rates while leading the state in Delta variant cases, 80 percent of the 65-and-over age group (19.7 percent of the overall county population) is fully vaccinated. But the overall percentage of the county’s fully vaccinated residents is only 46.8 percent – and if you subtract older residents, it’s probably well below 40 percent.

The ten counties in Colorado with the worst vaccination rates for the population 65 and over range from 63 percent in Morgan County to just 35.8 percent in Bent County. These are almost all conservative areas; only Pitkin County voted for Joe Biden in 2020.

Continue to count the ten worst of Colorado’s 64 counties for full immunization among older, eligible residents, with the county’s 65-and-over segment size according to the US Census Bureau.

Morgan County
65 and over: 63%
12 years and over: 43.1%
Percentage of the population over 65: 15.6%

Baca County
65 and over: 60.9%
12 years and over: 37.4%
Percentage of the population over 65: 24.4%

Lincoln County
65 and over: 60.8%
12 years and over: 36.5%
Percentage of the population over 65: 17.6%

Cheyenne County
65 and over: 54.1%
12 years and over: 28.4%
Percentage of the population over 65: 21.0%

Pitkin County
65 and over: 53.7%
12 years and over: 67.6%
Percentage of the population over 65: 20.3%

Washington County
65 and over: 52.9%
12 years and over: 29.2%
Percentage of the population over 65: 21.4%

Saguache County
65 and over: 51.7%
12 years and over: 41.4%
Percentage of the population over 65: 24.5%

Dolores County
65 and over: 51%
12 years and over: 37.5%
Percentage of the population over 65: 26.2%

Crowley County
65 and over: 50.3%
12 years and over: 38.7%
Percentage of the population over 65: 14%

Bent County
65 and over: 35.8%
12 years and over: 37.2%
Percentage of the population over 65: 18.9%

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