Denver Health to Vaccinate Children Ages 5 – 11

Denver Health is now offering the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to children ages 5 – 11. Starting today, parents can schedule a vaccination appointment for their child. The Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have recommended and authorized the vaccine for this age group. Kids 5 – 11 years old will receive a third of the dose that is given to people 12 and older. They will receive two doses separated by at least three weeks. Research has shown that the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is safe for children and protects them from complications, including hospitalization. You can learn more about side effects, find answers to frequently asked questions and watch a short video on how to prepare your child for their shot on on our website.

Vaccines for kids will be available in our school-based health centers, Community Health Centers, Mobile Health Centers and Public Health Institute’s Immunization and Travel Clinic. Parents can schedule an appointment for their child by logging into their MyChart account, visiting denverhealth.org or calling the Appointment Center at 303-436-7000.

Incident Command Reactivated to Manage Rising COVID Cases

Denver Health leadership reactivated our Hospital Incident Command Structure (HICS) earlier this week due to an increasing number of COVID-19 inpatients. The purpose of this activation is to make sure all groups are aware, engaged and ready to support our response related to COVID-19 constraints and the high volumes we're currently experiencing at Denver Health. View the list of Incident Command section chiefs who will lead efforts across clinical and administrative operations to manage our response to COVID-19. Incident Command will provide updates to staff as needed.

The Incident Command plans to implement new executive orders on crisis standards of care issued by Governor Polis on October 31 and to coordinate with the State’s combined hospital transfer center to place patients in hospitals according to capacity, resources and patient needs. The team will also identify unmet staffing needs, convene a labor pool to fill needed roles and make requests to outside agencies to manage staffing gaps. Reactivating Incident Command also allows us to access resources and supplies to care for patients.

Next Thursday, November 11 from 9 – 10 a.m., Denver Health staff are invited to an informational Town Hall regarding the HICS reactivation. The session will be hosted by Incident Command section chiefs, who will provide background on the current status of the hospital, discuss administrative needs and address concerns. You are encouraged to come with questions. You can also send questions ahead of time to COVID-19@dhha.org. Look for a calendar invite that was sent out via email today.

You can also find more information on the Hospital Incident Command subsite on the Pulse.

Inpatient and Vaccination Numbers

Thirty-eight COVID-19 positive patients are hospitalized at Denver Health. Thirty-one are on inpatient floors and seven are in the Intensive Care Unit. As of 10 a.m. today, Denver Health has administered 255,972 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. See vaccination data for Denver County and the Denver metro area in the COVID-19 data summary on the Public Health Institute at Denver Health website.

The weekly COVID-19 Response Updates that appear in the 411 are also published here. For more information and resources, visit the Denver Health COVID-19 Help Center. If you have questions related to Denver Health’s COVID-19 response, send an email to COVID-19@dhha.org.

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