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Larimer County stops pursuing Vaccine Verified Facility program

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(Graphic Illustration by Malia Berry | The Collegian)

The Larimer County Department of Health and Environment will no longer be trying to implement the Vaccine Verified Facility & Event Program, according to a press release from the LCDHE.

The optional program would have allowed businesses to choose hours in which only vaccinated individuals could enter businesses without a mask, giving businesses a way to be more flexible with their mask mandates. The program caused hundreds of Larimer County residents to protest on Nov. 1, so the county paused the program. 

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According to the recent press release, “LCDHE is focused instead on new opportunities to fight the virus by providing boosters (and) pediatric vaccines and exploring ways to increase access to monoclonal antibody treatments.”

Four thousand and two hundred residents in Larimer County have already received a booster, and now children ages 5-11 can receive a pediatric Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. 

The LCDHE has increased clinic hours and staff at Loveland and Fort Collins LCDHE locations to help get booster shots and pediatric vaccines out. More vaccine information can be found on the Larimer County website

Reach Katrina Leibee at news@collegian.com  or on Twitter @katrinaleibee.

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Katrina Leibee
Katrina Leibee, Editor-in-Chief
Katrina Leibee is serving as The Rocky Mountain Collegian's editor in chief for the 2021-22 academic year. Leibee started at The Collegian during the fall of her freshman year writing for the opinion desk. She then moved up to assistant opinion editor and served as the opinion director for the 2020-21 academic year. Leibee is a journalism and political science double major, but her heart lies in journalism. She enjoys writing, editing and working with a team of people to create the paper more than anything. Ask anyone, Leibee loves her job at The Collegian and believes in the great privilege and opportunity that comes with holding a job like this. The biggest privilege is getting to work with a team of such smart, talented editors, writers, photographers and designers. The most important goal Leibee has for her time as editor in chief is to create change, and she hopes her and her staff will break the status quo for how The Collegian has previously done things and for what a college newspaper can be. From creating a desk dedicated entirely to cannabis coverage to transitioning the paper into an alt-weekly, Leibee hopes she can push the boundaries of The Collegian and make it a better paper for its readers and its staff. Leibee is not one to accept a broken system, sit comfortably inside the limits or repeat the words, "That's the way we've always done things." She is a forward thinker with a knack for leadership, and she has put together the best staff imaginable to bring The Collegian to new heights.

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