Denver Reaches Vaccination Milestone

Published on June 09, 2021

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70% of eligible Denverites have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccination

The City and County of Denver reached a major milestone this week as 70% of eligible residents (those 12 years and older) have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccination. Denver has now exceeded locally President Biden’s goal of administering at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to 70% of adults, nearly a month ahead of the President’s July 4th deadline.

“This is a major accomplishment for our city and a testament the hard work of our residents who have continued to put the health and safety of themselves, their family and their community front and center,” Mayor Michael B. Hancock said. “As our vaccination rates rise, and thanks to that hard work, we’ve been able to responsibly reopen our city, and I encourage everyone who hasn’t yet to get their shot so we can get across that finish line.”

Hospitalization rates have also dropped significantly, with less than 200 people currently hospitalized with COVID-19 in the Denver-metro region. This is the lowest rate since April 4, 2021. Additionally, there has been a 90% reduction in case rates.

“I am proud of the Denver community for stepping up and getting vaccinated,” said Denver Department of Public Health & Environment Executive Director Bob McDonald. “This has been a long road, and we’re grateful to our partners at Denver Public Health and healthcare workers across the region who have worked tirelessly to control this virus and get shots into arms. We encourage all eligible people to get their vaccine as soon as possible.”

Those who have not yet received a vaccine are encouraged to do so as soon as possible. While there are still vaccine disparities within our population, the City and Denver Public Health will continue to coordinate with community, local, regional, and state partners to close the gap and ensure an equitable approach to vaccine distribution. For more information on the vaccines and where to get one, go to denvergov.org/COVID-19.

As a reminder, Denver issued a new Public Health Order on June 1, which updates guidelines for face coverings and capacity limits for large indoor events. Denver’s new requirements will be in effect through July 1. Read more information about the current Public Health Order.

For those who are unvaccinated, public health experts still recommend wearing a face-covering in indoor public settings, socially distancing, and avoiding large crowds. Read the comprehensive mask-wearing guidance from the State of Colorado.


The Denver Department of Public Health & Environment (DDPHE), Denver’s nationally accredited public health agency, empowers Denver’s communities to live better, longer. The divisions of DDPHE are: Administration, Animal Protection, Community & Behavioral Health, Environmental Quality, Office of the Medical Examiner, and Public Health Investigations. In partnership with Denver Public Health, DDPHE provides quality public health services to the City and County of Denver. For more information about DDPHE, visit denvergov.org/dphe or follow us on Twitter @DDPHE.

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