Information on Vaccine Distribution Timeline for Denver Health Staff and Patients

INFORMATION FOR STAFF:

Denver Health is moving ahead to schedule COVID-19 vaccinations for all remaining employees who indicated they wished to receive the vaccine. As a public health institution, all of our employees are considered essential to supporting the organization under new guidance issued by the State of Colorado.

Starting today, invitations will be sent out to all Denver Health employees who have indicated on the COVID-19 Vaccination Pre-Registration Form that they are “interested” or “might be interested” in receiving the vaccine. For leaders with staff who do not have access to email, please ensure that this is distributed to your teams.

For all those Denver Health staff who have not completed the registration process, please do the following:

1. Fill Out the COVID-19 Vaccination Pre-Registration Form: All employees should have received the pre-registration invitation via email the week of December 7. All staff should complete this form to indicate if they are interested in, might be interested in, or are not interested in receiving the vaccine. Only those employees answering yes they are interested or may be interested will receive a MyChart communication about scheduling. If you change your mind at any time, email COVID_Vaccine@dhha.org to request another form.

2. Ensure You Have a MyChart Account (Setup Help is Available): Communication about vaccine scheduling will be sent to the email associated with your MyChart account when your vaccine time comes up. If you do not have a MyChart account, you will receive an invite to set one up. If you are having trouble scheduling or setting up your MyChart account:

· Call MyChart Support at 303-602-4380
Times: Monday thru Friday 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
Please note: The Help Desk cannot assist with this request.

If you filled out the COVID-19 Vaccination Pre-Registration Form but have not received further communication, please do the following: Log In to MyChart to see if you have an invitation for vaccine registration.

· For login or support help: Call MyChart support (303-602-4380)

· If no invitation to register exists in MyChart, email COVID_Vaccine@dhha.org

3. Receive Your Invitation: Once your MyChart account is active, you will receive an invitation to schedule your first of two appointments through MyChart. Important note: You need to LOG IN to MyChart to view the invitation to schedule the vaccination. The push from MyChart to text or email might not happen if you have blocked notifications/emails from MyChart or if you have a different email associated with MyChart than you usually use. Contact MyChart support for any MyChart access issues.

4. Schedule Your Vaccine: Schedule your appointment before you are scheduled to be off for a day or two in case you have mild post-vaccine symptoms. If not possible, schedule the next best option and notify your manager so they may work with you to facilitate coverage while you leave the unit to get vaccinated or if you feel ill after receiving it.

5. Get Your First Dose; Schedule Your Second: After your vaccine appointment is complete, you will wait 15 minutes to be monitored for a reaction. During that time, you will receive an invitation through MyChart to schedule your 2nd vaccination.

Denver Health is simultaneously working to vaccinate all Denver Health patients ages 70 and older who have received care at a Denver Health facility in the past 3 years. Invitations are now being sent by MyChart to schedule these vaccinations. We are also working to send out email notifications for patients that fall into this category who do not have a MyChart account.

Last week, the State of Colorado issued new guidance expanding the first tier of eligibility for COVID vaccinations to include people ages 70 and older as well as a broader group of essential health care workers.

Vaccinations of the expanded group of people now included in the first tier of eligibility are subject to receiving additional shipments of the vaccine and anticipated allocations from the State.

While Denver Health works to vaccinate this expanded group of people, we are also now giving second doses to the frontline workers and support staff who received their first doses a few weeks ago. We will also continue to vaccinate community partners, including Denver Police and Denver Fire personnel.


INFORMATION FOR PATIENTS:

Denver Health is quickly working to offer the COVID-19 vaccination to patients age 70 and over in response to new guidance issued by the State of Colorado. People in this age group are at higher risk of contracting and even dying from the COVID-19 virus.

We are currently working to contact and make appointments with those patients age 70 and over who currently receive care at a Denver Health facility or have received care in the past 3 years. Invitations are now being sent by MyChart to schedule these vaccinations. We are also working to send out email notifications for patients that fall into this category who do not have a MyChart account. Instructions to create a MyChart account are at www.denverhealth.org/mychart.

If you are a patient but need login or support help: Call MyChart support (303-602-4380).

If you do not have access to MyChart, you are welcome to set up an appointment with the Denver Health appointment center at 303-436-4949. Wait times may be long as volume has increased, but we want to help get your appointment scheduled as soon as possible. Please only call the appointment center if you are age 70 or older and have been seen in a Denver Health location in the last 3 years

Last week, the State of Colorado issued new guidance expanding the first tier of eligibility for COVID-19 vaccinations to include people age 70 and over as well as a broader group of essential health care workers.

While Denver Health works to vaccinate this expanded group of people, we are also now giving second doses to the frontline workers and support staff who received their first doses a few weeks ago. We will also continue to vaccinate community partners that include Denver Police and Denver Fire.

Vaccinations of the expanded group of people now included in the first tier of eligibility are subject to receiving additional shipments of the vaccine and anticipated allocations from the State.

At this point, patients age 70 and over will receive vaccinations at Denver Health Community Centers Federico F. Peña Southwest Family Health Center, Lowry Family Health Center and Sam Sandos Westside Health Center.


Denver Health believes strongly in protecting our patients with the vaccine. As vaccines for additional patient populations become available, we will reach out to our patients through communications such as MyChart, patient emails, and communication on our website and social media channels.

For more information on the timing and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines in Colorado, please visit the state health department’s Vaccine for Coloradans webpage.

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