Park County COVID19 Vaccine Resources
- Oct. 21 - NEW! The clinic has moved to the Bailey Public Library! Just down the street from St. Mary of the Rockies, 350 Bulldogger Road Bailey CO 80421 Noon – 6 PM. Register here.
- Oct 23 - Lake George Fire District, 8951 Co Rd 90, Lake George, CO 80827 9 - 11 AM. Register here.
- Oct. 23 - Guffey - Southern Park County Fire District 1745 Co Rd 102, Guffey, CO 80820 3 - 5 PM. Register here.
- Oct. 28 - St. Mary of the Rockies, 236 Bulldogger Road Bailey CO 80421 Noon – 6 PM. Register here.
- Oct 30 - Fairplay Park County Gov't Office 856 Castello Ave. Fairplay, CO 80440 10 AM - 4 PM. Register here.
Four large community clinics operate daily at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Aurora Municipal Center, Southwest Plaza in Littleton, and Chapel Hills Mall in Colorado Springs. Although appointments are not required, registration links are listed below for all sites and will be listed at covid19.colorado.gov/vaccinefinder.
Other Vaccine Clinic Resources and Options
The following information has been provided by each hospital system, facility, or provider regarding vaccine distribution plans and options for patients. Please visit their websites to learn more:
- CDPHE Mobile Vaccine Clinics
- COVIDCheck Colorado
- Fremont Public Health
- Safeway and King Soopers
- CVS and Walgreens
- Conifer Medical Center
- STRIDE Community Health Center
- Summit Community Care Clinic
- Centura Health
- SCL Health
- Please also visit www.cocovidvaccine.org and https://www.vaccines.gov/ for a complete listing of vaccine providers and sign-up links statewide.
Booster Shots and Third Doses
New! On September 24, CDC recommended that the following groups should receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 Vaccine at least 6 months after completing their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series (i.e., the first 2 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine):
- people 65 years and older and residents in long-term care settings should receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series,
- people aged 18-64 years who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting may receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series, based on their individual benefits and risks.
Third COVID19 Vaccine Dose Approved for Limited Immunocompromised Populations: On August 12, the the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) amended Emergency Use Authorizations for both the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines to allow for the use of an additional dose after the first two doses in certain immunocompromised people. If you have questions, please contact your primary care physician.
People who are recommended to receive an additional dose include people who have:
- Been receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood.
- Received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system.
- Received a stem cell transplant within the last two years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system.
- Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome).
- Advanced or untreated HIV infection.
- Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress your immune response.
Additional details regarding this latest announcement include:
- The additional dose should be the same vaccine product as the first two doses. However, an alternate mRNA dose can be used if that vaccine is not available.
- People should not receive more than three mRNA COVID-19 vaccine doses.
- Authorizing an additional dose of the vaccine for immunocompromised Coloradans will help increase their protection and prevent more severe illness, hospitalization, and death.
- Additional doses are free. No ID, insurance, or proof of medical history is required to receive an additional dose. Coloradans may self-report their immunocompromising conditions to vaccine providers.
- Patients can find vaccine providers at: www.covid19.colorado.gov/vaccinefinder
Electronic Proof of COVID19 Vaccine
Do you need proof of your COVID-19 vaccine? You can visit the the state's website and save an electronic version of the same format as the paper CDC card the user received when they were vaccinated. myColorado app users can download a copy to their device, refresh or delete the record.
Safety and Monitoring:
- On July 13, the FDA published a press release and sent a fact sheet and another fact sheet to healthcare providers (i.e.doctors, nurses, hospitals, etc.) about a recent safety signal they detected: Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS). Based on an analysis of Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting (VAERS) data, the FDA found 100 reports of GBS following 12.5 million vaccines. Out of the 100 cases, 95% were serious and required hospitalization. One person died.
- On June 23, CDC issued a safety concern associated with Myocarditis and Pericarditis Following mRNA COVID-19 Vaccination
- On April 23, the press release from the FDA and CDC, who determined the use of the Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine should be resumed in the United States and that the FDA and CDC have confidence that this vaccine is safe and effective in preventing COVID-19. CDPHE has decided to proceed by including FDA’s updated warning to patients about the increased risk of very rare but potentially severe TTS, particularly among women under the age of 50.
- On August 23, the FDA granted full approval to the Pfizer COVID19 vaccine for ages 16 and older, marking an important milestone in the ongoing pandemic.
- On August 11, the CDC released additional safety data related to pregnant people receiving the COVID19 vaccine, more details can be found here: https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2021/s0811-vaccine-safe-pregnant.html
- The Johnson & Johnson and Moderna vaccines are authorized for ages 18 and older and the Pfizer vaccine is approved for 12 and older. Please check the clinic you are registering for carefully to ensure it is offering your preferred choice.
- On May 10, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration expanded the emergency use authorization (EUA) for the Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine for the prevention of COVID-19 to include adolescents 12 through 15 years of age. The FDA previously amended the EUA for administration in individuals 16 years of age and older. All ages are subject to change.
- Vaccine Finder: allows you to search by vaccine type and location in Colorado.
- Overview of approved vaccines
Who Shouldn't Get a Vaccine?
The vaccines have received Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) by the FDA and are considered highly safe and effective at preventing COVID-19 infections. Most people 12 years and older (for Pfizer) and 18 and older (for Moderna and Johnson and Johnson vaccines) are able to safely receive the vaccine, but please contact your doctor if you:
- Are currently in isolation or have a fever 24 hours after the end of isolation with no improvement in symptoms
- Have been treated for COVID-19 within the last 90 days with monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma
- Had a severe allergic reaction after a previous dose of this vaccine
- Have had a severe allergic reaction to any ingredient of this vaccine.
A Compilation of Vaccine Resources and Information
The development and distribution a COVID-19 vaccine will require a large scale effort by state, local, and private sector partners. The first phase will focus on frontline health care workers, first responders, and our most vulnerable populations living in long-term care facilities. Until the vaccine is widely available to the general public, we all need to continue to follow critical public health protocols. Please wear a mask in public, maintain at least 6 feet of distance from others, avoid gatherings, wash your hands often, and stay home when you are sick.
Scientists have developed several possible vaccines to provide immunity to COVID-19. Once a company develops a vaccine, it must go through a rigorous scientific testing process before it can be submitted to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA independently reviews the information from these tests to make sure the vaccine is safe and works well, and then decides whether the vaccine can be licensed and made available to the public. The pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and Moderna have applied for an Emergency Use Authorization with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA authorized the Pfizer vaccine for emergency use on December 11, and Colorado received the vaccine beginning December 14. Moderna vaccine is expected to arrive in Colorado the week of December 22.
Safety and Effectiveness:
The companies report that both vaccines are around 95% effective. While the development process was efficient, the world's leading vaccine companies, in conjunction with the FDA and independent scientists, have used the same rigorous structure to develop these vaccines as has been used for all other drug and vaccine development. These involve multiple studies or “phased trials” across many months with larger and larger groups of people to ensure that the vaccine is both safe and effective for the general public. Tens of thousands of individuals across the US and the world have volunteered and helped provide this important information.
About mRNA-1273, Moderna’s Vaccine Against COVID-19:
The Moderna vaccine, or mRNA-1273 works by helping the immune system produce effective antibodies against the SARS-CoV-2 virus so that, in case of infection, the virus does not cause illness. The vaccine cannot cause infection or make someone sick with COVID-19. Learn more about the Moderna vaccine safety and effectiveness by the FDA here.
Both mRNA vaccines require two injections, given either 21 or 28 days apart. The first dose primes the immune system and the second dose helps boost the immune system even further to help provide better protection against the coronavirus. Two shots spaced apart are necessary as the Pfizer vaccine has been shown to be 95% effective after an individual receives 2 doses, however, only 52% effective if an individual receives just a single dose.
Other Trusted Resources
- What to expect at your vaccination appointment
- What to expect after getting vaccinated
- Post-vaccination considerations for healthcare personnel
- Post-vaccination considerations for long-term care residents
- CDC vaccine