SUMMARY

WHAT:

Denver Health is receiving its first COVID-19 vaccine doses for staff.

WHEN:

The first shipment is expected to arrive at Denver Health by the end of

December.

WHO:

In line with CDPHE and CDC guidelines, the first vaccines will be allocated to patient-facing frontline workers and support staff in the inpatient and outpatient setting. Vaccines for all staff will be available as additional supplies are sent to the hospital.

ACTION:

A COVID-19 Vaccination Pre-Registration Form was sent to all employees on Dec. 7. Because the vaccine is not mandatory at this time, the form asks if you wish to receive or decline the vaccine. The information collected is used to understand how many staff members are interested in receiving the vaccine, and for future vaccine communication.

FOLLOW UP:

You will be notified if you are among the first group to receive the vaccination. Others will be notified when future phases of vaccine distribution are approved. Vaccine scheduling is happening through MyChart. Invitations to schedule your vaccine will be sent as more vaccine shipments are received. Future communication will include details on where the vaccine will be given and how to schedule an appointment.

MORE INFORMATION:

The Employee Vaccine Distribution FAQ can be found here.

FULL DETAILS

The first COVID-19 vaccine by Pfizer is pending FDA Emergency Use Authorization and review by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. At this time, Denver Health anticipates receiving the first round of COVID-19 vaccine before the end of December. The Pfizer vaccine that Denver Health will receive requires a two-dose administration, roughly 3 weeks apart.

Limited numbers of the vaccine will be sent to hospital systems nationwide and Denver Health is expected to receive approximately 2,900 doses to be distributed for Phase I of a multi-phased distribution plan. In deciding which staff will receive the first round of available vaccines, our hospital will adhere to guidelines developed by the State in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Accordingly, the first round of vaccinations will be allotted to the 1A group: patient-facing frontline workers and support staff in the inpatient and outpatient settings. Additional vaccine shipments are expected at regular intervals.

Employees who responded with “Yes” or “Unsure” in the form will receive a Denver Health MRN and MyChart activation email during the week of Dec. 14. If you do not already have one, you must create your MyChart account upon receiving your activation email. Denver Health employees with an existing MyChart account will not need to take any immediate action. At a later date, employees will receive an invitation to schedule the vaccination through MyChart.

Important Note:

Staff who receive a COVID-19 vaccine are still required to adhere to PPE requirements at Denver Health.

Once we understand the amount of vaccine available to Denver Health (and when), the hospital will communicate to all staff on the next phase of the vaccine distribution.

At this time, we do not have an official timeline on when Denver Health patients will begin to receive the vaccine.

Distribution Model at Denver Health

All Denver Health staff should have received via email a COVID-19 Vaccination Pre-Registration Form that will be used for staff vaccine pre-registration (connected through EPIC for employee verification) and to gauge the number of staff interested in receiving the vaccine. As a mission-driven hospital that advocates for vaccinations and for the health and safety of our staff, we strongly encourage all staff to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. As the vaccine is not mandatory for staff at this time, the survey will include a question asking whether you wish to receive the vaccine.

If an employee has not received the registration survey link by the end of the day, please email COVID_Vaccine@dhha.org to request a link.

· The vaccine is not mandatory for staff at this time, and the registration form includes a question asking whether your staff members are interested in taking the vaccine or not.

· Despite Denver Health standing behind the safety and efficacy of the vaccine, employees should not feel any pressure to take the vaccine and managers should in no way pressure their employees to take the vaccine.

· If you want to change your mind about receiving the vaccine at any time, email COVID_Vaccine@dhha.org.

The Employee Vaccine Distribution FAQ can be found here. (Please read thoroughly as many common questions are already included in the FAQ.)

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