DENVER, CO — Denver has seen a recent drop in coronavirus case numbers, Mayor Michael Hancock said during a virtual news conference Thursday.
"It's good news for all of us and it's a testament to Denver residents for keeping up with the precautions," the mayor said.
"The bad news is those precautions must be sustained."
The mayor outlined the city's plan for vaccine distribution, which will follow the state's three-phase plan.
In Denver's Phase 1A of distribution, vaccines are being sent directly to health care and long-term care facilities to administer to their workers and residents.
The city is now planning for Phase 1B and Phase 2, in which Denver Public Health and Environment will "have more of a role in the distribution," Hancock said.
Phase 1B eligible vaccine recipients are city police officers, firefighters, pandemic response personnel and other first responders.
"Denver is partnering with local providers and pharmacies to ensure there is broad access to the COVID-19 vaccine," the city said in a news release.
"The city and the State of Colorado are ensuring that every person who receives their first dose of the vaccine will be able to access a second dose in the correct time frame."
The city has launched a COVID-19 vaccination webpage to provide the latest updates on the city’s vaccination distribution plans and FAQs.
Depending on supply, it is anticipated that the general public in Denver will not have access to the vaccine until summer.
The city offered the following tips for residents to support Denver businesses during the holiday:
Do your in-person shopping during the week, when stores are less crowded.
Call ahead to ensure that the store has the items you are seeking so that you can locate it, purchase and spend as little time in the store as possible.
Use curbside pick-up when available.
Find out if your local store or shop has an online shopping option
Since the pandemic began, the city has distributed more than $20 million to small businesses, nonprofits, residents in need and service industry workers who lost their jobs.