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MONDAY, APRIL 19, 2021
Vaccination tracker 💉
1,466,797 Coloradans are full vaccinated as of 11:59 p.m. 4/17/21
That's roughly 25.5% of the state's 5.8 million population

Expect clouds, rain, and temps in the 40s for most of the day ☔ Then a drop to around 20 degrees tonight with a chance of snow 🥶

It's back to square one for the nearly 4,000 Coloradans (including many Denverites) who received their COVID-19 vaccines from Dr. Moma Health and Wellness in Colorado Springs. The facility came under investigation recently after the state received a complaint about improper vaccine storage and handling. Last week, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment conferred with the CDC and released a statement to Dr. Moma vaccine recipients saying doses from the clinic were deemed invalid. The CDPHE said recipients will need to be revaccinated — one more shot if you received two doses; two more if you received one. However, people affected have expressed concern about the unknowns of receiving more than the recommended amount of doses; even the CDC said there isn't enough data to support getting any more than three doses. 

Scott Bookman, Colorado's COVID-19 Incident Commander, said at a press conference last week that state officials will step up and crack down on on-site inspections for clinics doling out the vaccine to ensure something like this does not happen again. 

[CO Politics; Denver7; CDPHE]

—Peyton Garcia (@peytonmgarcia)

🚰 An explainer: Your drinking water and lead.
Everything you need to know about the potential for lead in Denver's drinking water and what the city is doing to address it. [Denverite]

📜 History Colorado plans a Sand Creek Massacre exhibit.
The National Endowment for the Humanities awarded History Colorado $400,000 for a long-term educational exhibit recounting the Sand Creek Massacre. The exhibit will be built with input from the Arapaho and Cheyenne tribes and will be installed at the History Colorado Center for at least five years. [CO Politics]
👉 What you can do: Support the project by donating here.

📝 9News implements long-demanded policy changes.
Following accusations of inequity in the newsroom from former 9News reporter Lori Lizarraga, and then an SEC filing against its parent company TEGNA for alleged bias and racism, change is finally coming. TEGNA recently issued a companywide policy update directing all of its journalists to avoid using the phrase "illegal immigrants." (ICYMI: Listen to the City Cast Denver podcast episode featuring Lori here.) [Westword]

🥣 Food bank distributions have more than doubled in pandemic
Before the pandemic, Food Bank of the Rockies distributed an average of 17.8 million pounds of food every quarter. Their post-pandemic average now sits around 41.7 million pounds. On a national level, food bank distribution has gone up 48.6%. [Patch]
👉 What you can do: Find a local food bank to donate to here. 
🎙️ Today's Podcast

Krista Kafer talks vaccine hesitancy.
On today's episode of City Cast Denver, host Bree Davies talks with Denver Post columnist Krista Kafer about vaccine hesitancy among conservatives. Here's why this right-of-center Denverite got the vaccine, and why she thinks other conservatives should get it too. 

+ Tonight: Community Zoom Meeting - Homeless Outreach
The Park Hill United Methodist Church is hosting a virtual community meeting to talk about the Safe Outdoor Spaces site coming to the church parking lot. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. Find the link here

+ April 17-25: National Park Week
Download the NPS app to find special events celebrating National Park Week at parks near you or virtually — think wildlife webcams, virtual trail walks, and podcast programs. Learn more here

+ April 20: 420 EARTH EXPO
Learn to cook with weed, unwind in a Ganga Yoga sesh, and discuss how to really go green on Earth Day. Find tickets here
If you're in need of a smile on this gloomy Monday morning, watch this adorable video of an elk and a dog playing with each other through a fence yesterday morning in a Colorado yard 🐶❤️🦌 [9News]
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