When we surveyed businesses and residents in the summer of 2020, one of the most hopeful things for our community was the arrival of a vaccine. As Colorado begins to move into Phase 1B.2, we will see vaccine availability proceed with Phases 2 and 3. For a complete Colorado Department of Public Health COVID-19 vaccine rollout, here’s a quick reminder to connect with your health provider to join the queue.

If you need help signing up for your place in line, please note that members within the Pikes Peak region can now text “vaccine” (for English) or “vacuna” (for Spanish) to 667873 to receive contact information for their preferred vaccine provider. The new text line is the result of a partnership between the Pikes Peak Regional Joint Information Center and the City of Colorado Springs and complements the efforts of Pikes Peak United Way’s 2-1-1 vaccine helpline service by providing contact methods for local vaccine providers and freeing up 2-1-1 call takers to work with people who have more complicated or urgent issues.

We echo the need to balance public and economic health because it is critical that everyone—including people who have been vaccinated—continue to follow prevention practices such as wearing a mask, social distancing and hand washing.