TODAY’S COVID-19 INFORMATION
NEW: Epidemiology Data and Notes
NEW: Denver Health Staff Vaccination Numbers

NEW: Updates Regarding 2nd Vaccine Dose Timing and Appointment Availability

NEW: Holiday Notification- Return to Work Guidance

NEW: FAQ- Who is Administering Vaccinations?

UPDATE: Denver Health Begins Vaccinating City of Denver Public Safety

REMINDER: Registration Process for COVID-19 Vaccination

REMINDER: COVID-19 Hospital Capacity Surge Plan

REMINDER: Talking Points for Vaccine Inquiries for Denver Health Patients

What You Need to Know

As of 6:30 a.m. today, Denver Health had 38 inpatient COVID-19 cases (+3 from yesterday).

For more information, please visit the Denver Public Health COVID-19 Data Summary (please use Edge or Chrome). The website is updated daily and contains data on cases, hospitalization, deaths, testing and symptom monitoring.

NEW: Denver Health Staff Vaccination Numbers

Updated at 4:00 PM today

  • 3,096 employees and residents have received their first dose of vaccine.
  • 2,571 employees and residents have scheduled their second dose of vaccine.
  • 704 employees and residents are on the upcoming schedules for first doses.
  • 1,055 employees and residents have active MyChart accounts and have scheduling tickets, but have not scheduled a first dose yet.
  • 241 employees and residents have not activated their MyChart accounts yet.

What You Need to Share

NEW: Updates Regarding 2nd Vaccine Dose Timing and Appointment Availability

The mRNA COVID vaccines require 2 doses. It is currently recommended to receive the second dose of the Pfizer vaccine about 21 days after the first, or within a window of 17 – 25 days (previous recommendation was 17 – 21 days). However, if your schedule or appointment availability do not fit that timeframe, please get something scheduled for the second dose after 25 days (but as near to that as possible). There is no evidence that receipt of the vaccine after 25 days will reduce its effectiveness.

Similarly, for the Moderna vaccine, it is currently recommended to receive the second dose of vaccine about 28 days after the first, or within a window of 24 – 32 days. If needed, you could get the second dose after day 32. While the timeframe is important, it is most critical to receive the second dose to get the best protection possible.

Also, more appointment slots have been added for the weeks of January 4th and January 11th to accommodate the need for second doses. If you have not already done so, please schedule your second dose via your MyChart account (MyChart.DenverHealth.org). If you were previously unable to schedule your second dose within the recommended 17 – 25 day window, instructions on how to reschedule your appointment can be found here. We have also attached the instructions to this Huddle Sheet for you to print out, post or share with your staff.

NEW: Holiday Notification- Return to Work Guidance

In observance of the upcoming holiday, COSH will be closing early at 3:00 PM on December 31, 2020 and closed on New Year’s Day, January 1, 2021.

Managers/ Supervisors: If you have an employee currently out on COVID leave and are anticipating their return to work date will land on New Year’s Day, we ask you to have them call COSH to schedule their return to work clearance appointment for Wednesday or Thursday before 3:00 PM.

NEW: Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) Who is Administering Vaccinations?

We want to address a question that staff have asked.

Question: Who will be giving the vaccine: Do you need volunteers?
Answer: MAs, nurses, EMTs, physicians, pharmacists advanced practice providers, and paramedics are able to administer vaccines. We are not asking staff to volunteer their time to administer vaccines. They will be paid and OT will be approved. Anyone interested can send their name to COVID_vaccine@dhha.org to get connected.

You can find answers to most FAQs here

UPDATE: Denver Health Vaccinating City of Denver Public Safety Partners

Today, Denver Health continued vaccinating the people who make up Denver’s Public Safety critical infrastructure, including Denver Fire Department, Denver Police Department, Denver Sheriff’s Department, etc. There are six scheduled vaccine clinics operating in various Denver Fire and Denver Police locations over the next couple of weeks. Denver Health staff, including Denver Health Paramedics, cannot schedule their vaccine at any of these Public Safety critical infrastructure clinics. All Denver Health vaccine-eligible staff, who have received an invitation to do so, should schedule their vaccines at a Denver Health location. Three ACS clinics will be providing vaccine starting on January 2; Lowry Family Health Center, Federico F. Peña Southwest Family Health Center and Sam Sandos Westside Health Center. We are optimistic all Denver Health employees and residents in the 1A/1B prioritization groups will be offered the vaccine by January 15. For more information, please review the COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ.

REMINDER: COVID-19 Vaccination Registration & Process
Note: Please review, and if needed, print and post the below communication (attached as a PDF) to staff common areas, and have copies on hand for those who need them.

For all those 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 invite. All staff should complete this form to indicate if they are interested in, might be interested, or not interested in receiving the vaccine. 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 setting up your MyChart account, or scheduling:

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.

IMPORTANT: If you believe you are included in the 1A/1B group, but have not received expected communication on next steps:

· 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. For 1A/1B groups, these invitations were sent to those who indicated interest in receiving the vaccine. Important note: You need to LOG IN to MyChart to view the invitation to schedule the vaccination. The push from MyChart to email might not happen if you have blocked 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 invite through MyChart to schedule your 2nd vaccination.

REMINDER: Talking Points for Vaccine Inquiries for Denver Health Patients

We know that many frontline staff continue to receive inquiries from patients regarding the timing and availability of COVID-19 Vaccine. If you receive inquiries, please utilize the approved talking points in this link: Vaccine Distribution Information for Patient Inquiries

REMINDER: COVID-19 Hospital Capacity Surge Plan

Denver Health continues to update its Surge Plan. This is the roadmap for how we increase the number of hospital beds and staff to meet the demand for clinical care created by the pandemic. In this short video, Dr. Tom MacKenzie, Chief Quality Officer, explains what the Surge Plan means for Denver Health and why we need it. Denver Health is currently at Level 5.1 in its Surge Plan. The Surge Plan has been updated to include levels 6.1-6.4.

REMINDER: Specialized Respiratory Isolation Videos, Tip Sheet, and PPE FAQs

Specialized Respiratory Isolation donning (putting on) and doffing (removing) personal protective equipment (PPE) videos are on the COVID-19 subsite along with a tip sheet and PPE frequently asked questions. For questions or training requests, please email HITeam@dhha.org

Helpful Links:

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment – Vaccine for Coloradans

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Coronavirus Information

Denver Department of Public Health and Environment Coronavirus Information

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Coronavirus Information

Denver Public Health Website

Denver Health Visitor Policy

Please email COVID-19@dhha.org with any questions.

Denver Health COVID-19 Resources:

COVID-19 Staff Resources section on our website

Staff Screening and Testing FAQ

Coronavirus Share Point site

Denver Health COVID-19 Help Center which allows you to search for documents and resources

RISE Subsite – please note the new hours: 10:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., 7 days a week

RISE Virtual Group Support Registration

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

FACT SHEET: COVID-19 VACCINE SAFETY and EFFICACY

FACT SHEET: COVID-19 VACCINE DISTRIBUTION INFORMATION FOR STAFF

FAQ: COVID-19 VACCINE FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

COVID-19 Vaccine Information on your Cell Phone – Just scan the QR code with your phone’s camera!

Did this answer your question?