COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) – You can get a COVID-19 vaccine at the gym this week. UCHealth and VASA Fitness are working together to ensure that Coloradans are vaccinated. VASA is hosting two vaccination clinics this week, the walk-in clinics do not require appointments or gym membership and are open to the general public.
UCHealth will offer Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose vaccine in the clinics. UCHealth has delivered more than 615,000 vaccine doses across Colorado.
Dates, times and locations for the clinics are:
- Monday, May 24, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., VASA Fitness, 3020 N. Nevada Ave.
- Tuesday, May 25, 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., VASA Fitness, 455 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd.
- Saturday, June 5, 8 a.m., VASA Fitness, 3020 N. Nevada Ave.
It’s an attempt to appeal to a younger segment of the southern Colorado population.
“During the COVID-19 surge we saw a huge elderly population, this is not what we are seeing now because the majority of the elders have been vaccinated. Now we mostly see the 20 to 40 year olds in ICU beds which is nice outrageous, “said Carolyn Carroll Flynn, nurse manager for the UCHealth South area.
According to UCHealth’s Carolyn Carroll Flynn, the percentage of 20 to 40 year olds who are vaccinated in El Paso County is low.
“Just over 25 percent of 20-29 year olds in the county are vaccinated, and about 35-40 percent of our 30-39 year olds are vaccinated. So this really is the age group we love to sit down and talk about want to, “added Carroll Flynn.
One reason why Amy Anderson, CEO of VASA Fitness, puts an emphasis on safety.
“We faced a lot of challenges and adversities, but our main focus was on providing our members with a safe environment in which they can feel comfortable,” said Anderson.
VASA Fitness is one of the largest fitness studios in Southern Colorado with around 22,000 members in both locations. So they were more than happy when they got the chance to do something like this.
“We just wanted to make sure we were giving the community the opportunity to do their part and contribute to vaccination,” added Anderson.