Date: Tuesday, February 16, 2021
A new report highlights barriers and successes faced by the Shots for Tots and Teens (SFTT) program in 2020. The program, a partnership between Immunize Colorado, Tri-County Health Department, Denver Public Health and Jefferson County Public Health to provide free and low-cost vaccines in community settings across Metro Denver, has delivered 43,429 vaccinations to nearly 17,000 patients since its inception in 2002. In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic severely impacted SFTT and from March - September all clinics were suspended, reopening a some locations in the fall with limited capacity. Still, partners held eight (8) clinics throughout the year and delivered 773 vaccinations to 407 patients, the majority of whom were un- or under-insured children. The decline in vaccination rates due to COVID-19 persists in 2021, highlighting the continued need for individual, community and policy level engagement to get vaccination rates back to pre-pandemic levels and prevent additional disease outbreaks.