There is little question in few people’s minds that the pandemic has had a lasting impact on the economy.
There are even fewer questions on the minds of local officials that Mesa County’s relatively lower vaccination rate is making it harder for the region’s economy to improve to pre-pandemic levels.
That, at least, was the underlying message from Gov. Jared Polis on Friday when he met with officials from across the Grand Valley during a roundtable discussion to gather new ideas on ways to boost the region’s dismal vaccination rate.
“The good news and the bad news is we have a very simple solution that fixes it, and that’s getting vaccinated,” Polis said during an hour-long stop at Colorado Mesa University while he is in town with Interior Secretary Deb…