Colorado will receive its first shipment of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine on Monday morning (Dec. 14).

According to 9News, frontline health-care workers will be the first to receive the state's first doses of the vaccine; it will be administered on Monday afternoon.

Gov. Jared Polis will be present upon the arrival of the vaccine and while it's being administered, as per reports from his office Sunday (Dec. 13).

Polis says that Colorado hospitals should plan to administer the COVID-19 vaccine within 72 hours of receiving it.

“Colorado is expecting to begin receiving initial, limited doses of COVID vaccine this week, and we need to be ready to hit the ground running," Polis wrote in a letter to Colorado hospitals. "Our ability to quickly vaccinate prioritized populations and report those doses as administered to the Colorado Immunization Information System is paramount to Colorado’s ability to receive future allocations of COVID vaccine and end this public health crisis."

Colorado expects to receive 46,800 doses of the Pfizer vaccine in this first shipment, and 95,600 doses in the first Moderna shipment, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

46 sites across the state are set to receive a portion of the initial shipment of the Pfizer vaccine. To view the full list of sites who will receive the vaccine, click here.

9News says that people who have had direct contact with COVID-19 patients for 15 minutes or more, like emergency room workers and staff at long-term care facilities, will have access to the vaccine first.

The state expects to receive vaccine allocations from the federal government on a weekly basis.

For the latest information regarding COVID-19 in Colorado, visit

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