TODAY’S COVID-19 INFORMATION

Friday, April 15, 2022

NEW: Epidemiology Data and Notes

NEW: Discontinuation of Universal Admission COVID-19 Testing – 4/20

REMINDER: Employee Eligibility for Second Booster

REMINDER: Denver Health Patient Eligibility for Second Booster

What You Need to Know

NEW: Epidemiology Data and Notes

As of 6:30 AM Denver Health has 3 COVID-19 Patients, 1 are on the Floor, 1 in the ICU.

NEW: Discontinuation of Universal Admission COVID-19 Testing – 4/20

As of April 20, Denver Health will no longer require universal admission testing for COVID-19. Patients with clinical suspicion of COVID-19 (for example, symptoms of pneumonia, hypoxia, or upper respiratory tract infections) should be tested prior to admission, but those without symptoms of COVID-19 will no longer be tested.

For additional information about this decision please see FAQ here.

REMINDER: Employee Eligibility for Second Booster

Despite the emergence of the BA.2 subvariant, COVID-19 vaccines continue to provide strong protection against severe illness.

The FDA and CDC recently released the following guidance for a second booster dose in certain populations to further increase protection:

· People aged 12 years and older who are moderately or severely immunocompromised may choose to receive a second booster dose using an mRNA (Pfizer or Moderna) COVID-19 vaccine at least four months after the first booster dose.

· Adults aged 50 years and older who are not moderately or severely immunocompromised may choose to receive a second booster dose using an mRNA (Pfizer or Moderna) COVID-19 vaccine at least four months after the first booster dose.

· Adults aged 18-49 years who are not moderately or severely immunocompromised and who received the J&J COVID-19 vaccine as both their primary series dose and booster dose may receive a second booster dose using an mRNA (Pfizer or Moderna) COVID-19 vaccine at least four months after the first J&J booster dose

If you fall under one of these categories, you are now eligible to schedule your booster by going into your MyChart account. Please make sure to bring your COVID vaccine card to your appointment. As always, if you have questions about receiving a second booster please contact your physician.

REMINDER: Denver Health Patient Eligibility for Second Booster

As of today, April 4, 2022 Denver Health patients have access to go into their MyChart accounts and sign up for their second booster. Patients may also call the appointment center or ask their provider to schedule a second booster.

Patients are considered eligible if they fall under the following categories:

· People aged 12 years and older who are moderately or severely immunocompromised may choose to receive a second booster dose using an mRNA (Pfizer or Moderna) COVID-19 vaccine at least four months after the first booster dose.

· Adults aged 50 years and older who are not moderately or severely immunocompromised may choose to receive a second booster dose using an mRNA (Pfizer or Moderna) COVID-19 vaccine at least four months after the first booster dose.

· Adults aged 18-49 years who are not moderately or severely immunocompromised and who received the J&J COVID-19 vaccine as both their primary series dose and booster dose may receive a second booster dose using an mRNA (Pfizer or Moderna) COVID-19 vaccine at least four months after the first J&J booster dose

Denver Health COVID-19 Resources:

Updated Denver Health Masking Policy FAQ

Quarantine Instructions for Vaccine-exempt Employees

Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs for Staff

Denver Health Pediatric Vaccination One-Pager

Denver Health Pediatric YouTube Video

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