SAN LUIS VALLEY – December 14th will mark the one-year anniversary of the first COVID-19 vaccines given in the United States and in Colorado. As of last weekend, 51% of the total population of the San Luis Valley have been fully vaccinated, boosters not included. Recent Colorado data shows that people who have received a booster are 47.5 times less likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19 compared to those who are unvaccinated.
Treatment options for COVID-19 have continued to advance since the pandemic began. The first time monoclonal antibody therapy for COVID-19 was discussed widely in the news was 14 months ago, when it was an experimental treatment received by President Trump. This type of treatment has since been authorized for use by the public and has been successful in preventing severe illness in many patients. It is in high demand around the country, and we are fortunate to have a state-led bus in Alamosa providing free monoclonal antibody therapy for a couple of weeks. Their schedule has expanded to include Saturdays. Public health strongly encourages anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 to get screened for this early treatment. If used, it should be administered as soon as possible after diagnosis and within 10 days of symptom onset. Call 1-877-268-2926 for screening and scheduling with the state-led mobile bus. Monoclonal antibody therapy continues to be available through our local hospitals by physician referral.
Hospital and lab partners report that there has been a recent increase in other respiratory illnesses such as influenza and RSV here in the Valley. The types of actions that protect against COVID-19 can also protect against the spread of these respiratory illnesses. Stay home if you are sick and wash your hands frequently. Masks can also help.
There are currently 155 known active cases of COVID-19in the SLV. To learn more about where to get COVID-19 testing, vaccinations, or monoclonal antibody therapy, go to www.slvphp.com or call (719) 480-8719.
UPCOMING VACCINE EVENTS
* Saturday, December 11th, 9am-2pm at SLVH Education Center (Grizzly) in Alamosa for ages 5-11. Ages 12-17 and walk-ins are also welcome.
* Free mobile bus clinics below accept walk-ins. Pfizer, Moderna, and J&J, including boosters, for ages 12 and up. Pediatric Pfizer for ages 5-11. Flu vaccine for all ages.
* – Friday December 10th, 10am-5pm at POA Office Baca Grande Estates in Crestone
* – Saturday December 11th, 9am-5pm at ASU Nielsen Library, 1701 1st St in Alamosa
* – Sunday December 12th, 9am-5pm at ASU Nielsen Library, 1701 1st St in Alamosa
* – Tuesday December 14th, 9am-5pm at Family Dollar in La Jara
* – Wednesday December 15th, 12pm-7pm at North Conejos School (214 Poplar) in La Jara