Here’s how to get the COVID-19 vaccine in Denver now that you’re eligible

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Medical assistant Yasmin Tellez prepares to give Maria Chacon the first of two COVID-19 vaccinations at Globeville’s Clinica Tepeyac. Jan. 26, 2021.
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Beginning Friday, everyone in Colorado 16 and older will be eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine. But eligibility is the easy part.

The hard part is figuring out how and where to make a vaccine appointment and whether you can sign-up before an appointment before you're eligible. It's confusing and frustrating. But we're almost there.

While trying to make an appointment, keep these five things in mind: 

  1. There isn't a centralized, completely easy way to make or even just see appointments. If you're refreshing pages to see if new appointment slots have opened up, you're not alone.
  2. You may or may not be able to make an appointment ahead of Friday. Some places are allowing appointments to be made now, even if your eligibility group isn't open yet, but others are not. Keep trying if you'd like, or wait until Friday April 2, when everyone over 16+ is eligible for a shot. And even then, keep trying.
  3. Ask friends and family members how they got their vaccines. They might know of a clinic or vaccine site not listed here. Share information, and let us know what else we should add to our list by emailing [email protected].
  4. Follow these groups on Facebook -- you might find some helpful tips there:
  5. Don't give up. Gov. Polis said anyone in Colorado who wants a vaccine should be fully vaccinated by mid-May.

Make an appointment at one of Colorado's very large vaccination sites.

Colorado has several vaccination sites near Denver -- some are run by the state, and others are administered by the organization COVIDCheck Colorado. The larger, arena sites can administer up to 6,000 doses per day depending on supplies. You may be able to make an appointment now, or you may be placed on a waiting list until you're eligible.

Mass vaccination sites near Denver: 

  • Dick's Sporting Goods Park drive-thru 
    • Register for an appointment here through Centura, or call (720) 263-5737
    • Open Sunday - Wednesday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    • Vaccines offered: Pfizer and Johnson and Johnson
  • Ball Arena drive-thru (the place formerly known as the Pepsi Center
  • Register for an appointment here
  • Open Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Vaccine offered: Pfizer

COVIDCheck Colorado vaccination sites near Denver:

  • 5th Street Garage, 650 Walnut St.
  • Echo Park (Parker), 11901 Newlin Gulch Blvd.
  • Mile High United Way, 711 Park Ave. W.
  • Montbello High School, 14274 East 51st Ave.
  • The Medical Center of Aurora, 1501 S. Potomac St.
  • North Suburban Drive Thru (Thornton), 9065 Grant St.
  • SkyRidge Medical Center (Lone Tree), 9800 Schwab Way
  • Westminster High School, 6933 Raleigh St.

Pre-register for all locations here.

Call to make an appointment at a community vaccination site if (and only if) you live in one of these neighborhoods:

  • Bear Valley Branch Library, 5171 W Dartmouth Ave.
  • Barnum Rec Center, 360 Hooker St.
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Rec Center, 3880 Newport St.
  • Project Angel Heart, 4950 Washington St.

Mayor Hancock said these sites are for people who live in those neighborhoods in order to ensure Black and Latino residents have access to vaccines. Eligible people living in these neighborhoods who want to schedule appointments should call 720-865-3005. (Note: If you get a "not in service" message, that means more than 30 people are calling in at that time, a city spokesperson told Denverite over email. The city is working on increasing capacity for its hotline.)

Make an appointment at a local pharmacy or community clinic: 

Make an appointment at a pharmacy or grocery store: 

  • Denver King Soopers locations:
    • 1331 Speer Blvd., (303) 571-1943
    • 1950 Chestnut Pl., (303) 678-2443
    • 10406 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., (720) 531-6371
    • 1155 E. 9th Ave., (303) 832-5298
    • 5301 W. 38th Ave., (303) 425-7455
    • 5125 W. Florida Ave., (303) 936-7403
    • 18605 Green Valley Ranch Blvd., (303) 371-8985
    • Register for an appointment at these locations here
  • Denver Safeway locations accepting appointments: 
    • 2660 N. Federal Blvd., (303) 477-1470
    • 6220 E. 14th Ave., (303) 242-3535
    • 200 Quebec St., (303) 340-4459
    • Register for an appointment at any of these locations here

Make an appointment at a health care center:

In most cases, these are waitlists, and you may get contacted to attend a pop-up clinic:

We'll update this list when we get new information.

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