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2020 year in review

Throughout the pandemic, we have seen people coming together and helping like never before. I appreciate all of our Local Heroes for their tremendous acts of kindness and generosity. And I want to extend a heartfelt thank you to our healthcare workers, first responders and others on the front lines of this pandemic. You have helped keep our country running during a difficult time and we appreciate your service to our community and our country. Click here or below to hear from a few of the Local Heroes in our community.

survey - how has covid affected you?


Everyone has had a different experience this year as we’ve faced the COVID-19 pandemic, whether it’s coping with the actual virus, a job loss, gaps in childcare, feeling isolated, or other challenges. How has COVID-19 affected your life?
• Recovering from the virus
• Loss of a job
• Struggling business owner
• Challenges with childcare
• Anxiety, isolation and/or depression
• Other

As of today, do you plan to get the COVID-19 vaccine?
• Yes
• No
• Unsure

How would you grade my service as your representative in Congress this year?
• A
• B
• C
• D
• F

working for you

This was a tough year for many of us but I'm proud of the work we did on behalf of the people of the 7th Congressional District. In 2020, my staff helped a record number of people and businesses, and helped secure millions in owed benefits and savings for constituents. 

My office is here to help as we continue to deal with the pandemic and economic downturn. Constituents can reach our office by phone at (303) 274-7944 or by email at perlmuttercasework@mail.house.gov.

covid vaccine

This week, we witnessed a historic milestone – the first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine administered here in Colorado and in the United States. I am tremendously excited by the authorization of a COVID-19 vaccine and am looking forward to taking the vaccine when it is available to me and recommended by my doctor. Because supply of the vaccine is limited and distribution will occur in phases, it is as important as ever to continue social distancing, wearing a mask, and washing your hands.  

The COVID-19 vaccine was required to meet the strict safety and efficacy standards required of all vaccines. The vaccine candidates submitted detailed data on safety and effectiveness which were reviewed by an independent, outside advisory board before being authorized by the career scientists at FDA. Although there is currently no evidence of serious safety concerns associated with the vaccine, all patients will continue to be monitored to ensure its long-term safety.

Because the initial supply of vaccines is very limited, vaccinations will be prioritized for high-risk health care workers and Coloradans most at risk for severe cases of COVID-19. Low-risk individuals and the general public should not expect to receive the vaccine until summer 2021. To get the facts on the COVID-19 vaccine and to see when and where you can expect to receive a vaccine, please visit CDPHE’s website at covid19.colorado.gov/vaccine or call the CO-HELP hotline at 303-389-1687.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has also distributed the COVID-19 vaccine to 37 of its regional VA medical centers across the country, including the Rocky Mountain VA Medical Center in Aurora. Vaccinations at these sites will begin this week, prioritizing VA health care workers and Veterans residing in long-term care units. As more vaccines become available, the VA plans to offer free COVID-19 vaccines to all Veterans receiving VA health care who want one. 

Happy holidays

Wishing everyone a happy and healthy holiday season! I look forward to talking with you again on our next Telephone Town Hall in January. Click here to sign up for this event.