COVID In Colorado: Interpreters On Hand As City Of Aurora Hosts Vaccine Clinic, Leaves No Community Out

The City of Aurora and its partners who are working to overcome barriers put on a COVID vaccine clinic this weekend for residents.

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- Most Coloradans can now sign up to get a COVID vaccine, and cities across the state are trying to get as many shots into arms as fast as they can. Michael Abeyta went to a clinic in Aurora, where city officials are working to overcome barriers to the vaccine.

- We have over 850 shots being given out today.

MICHAEL ABEYTA: It's something the Stampede in Aurora probably hasn't seen since the start of the pandemic-- lines to get in.

- They have been closed this whole time. So being able to give a business like this some business is great.

MICHAEL ABEYTA: But people weren't here to two-step, they were here to get the first of two shots required for the COVID vaccine. The goal of the City of Aurora, and its partners that put on this event, is simple. Get people vaccinated so that businesses can open up fully.

- Once we get everybody healthy, everybody can enjoy these places.

MICHAEL ABEYTA: But that's challenging in a city as diverse as Aurora.

- The city of Aurora has an upwards of 300 languages.

MICHAEL ABEYTA: That's why, in addition to volunteers taking temperatures and giving shots, they have interpreters for those who may need them.

- It's scary to come in and just get a shot and not understand it.

MICHAEL ABEYTA: They're leaving no community out and making sure everybody knows the vaccine is safe, effective, and Aurora's key to normalcy.

- So I just think it's such an amazing event.

MICHAEL ABEYTA: Like most clinics, this clinic was by appointment only. And they said it was a smooth operation. They got people in and out quickly and safely. In Aurora, Michael Abeyta, covering Colorado first.