By Mekialaya White

AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – Eligible Coloradans rolled up their sleeves for a COVID-19 vaccine at the Southlands Shopping Center in Aurora on Saturday. The shopping center hosted vaccine clinics at the Southlands Farmers Market.

A steady line of people rolled up their sleeves to get their jab in the arm, including Joe Vanderveer and his daughter Mila. Vanderveer received his first vaccine.

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“How are you feeling?” CBS4’s Mekialaya White asked post-shot. “I feel fine. I don’t feel anything. No soreness, nothing,” said Vanderveer.

Vanderveer says he’s been looking to get vaccinated for months now, calling the mobile clinic convenient. “I looked at other places and they say you can walk in. But you can’t walk in. So we got up this morning, drove down and it took us 20 minutes and we’re good.”

On Thursday, Gov. Jared Polis announced he is using federal funds to help more doctors administer more vaccines. Colorado primary care physicians can now apply for grant money to buy the equipment needed to give COVID-19 shots at their practices. They hope it helps increase vaccination numbers because people trust their family doctors.

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Southlands is the latest clinic hosted in partnership with Governor Polis’ Vaccines for All plan through CDPHE.

“Our commitment to the community is important to Southlands. We are happy to assist in the Governor’s effort to keep Coloradans safe,” said Martin Liles, Southlands’ general manager.

The Southlands Farmers Market is scheduled to host another vaccine clinic on Sept. 25. from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Organizers say walk-ups are welcome.

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Mekialaya White