Good News: Vaccines
A Little Help is very happy that vaccines are now available to help fight the COVID-19 virus. These vaccines have been found to be safe and very effective, and we hope members will choose to take advantage of the opportunity to be vaccinated. However, many people still have questions about the nature of the vaccine and its safety. Therefore, on this page, we are providing information about the vaccination as well as when and where to get the shot. If you need help getting to a location to get your shot, please call us. We may be able to help you get a ride or identify the time and location that's best for you. However, if you need more information about the vaccine itself or whether it is safe and appropriate for you personally, please contact your doctor or one of the public help agencies listed below.
When, Where, and How to Get Vaccinated
The following sites provide information about how and where to obtain your vaccinaton. In addition, A Little Help attempts to stay up-to-date on vaccine availability, so you may call our office, too. Of course, we cannot give you personal medical advice. If you have questions about your particular medical situation, please call your doctor.
Members are automatically added to the list and will receive a call.
- Online: Kaiser Permanente Colorado Non-Member COVID-19 Vaccine Sign-up (office.com)
- Phone: 303-338-4545
- Online: MyChart - Login Page (sclhealth.org)
- Phone: 303-812-2051
- UCHealth patients, ages 70 and above, are automatically signed up to randomly receive an invitation to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.
- Those who aren"t UCHealth patients may still register for a My Health Connection account at no cost and they will randomly be added to the list of those randomly invited to receive a vaccine. https://www.uchealth.org/access-my-health-connection/
- Online: Registration (uchealth.org)
Patients receiving care in the last 3 years are automatically added to the list and will receive a call.
- Online: MyChart Patient Portal | Denver Health
- Phone: 303-436-4949
Salud Family Health Centers
- Clinics offering vaccinations are in Aurora and Brighton. Any adult 70 years and older can register at this website https://www.saludclinic.org/covid-vaccine to get on the vaccination appointment waitlist. The main phone number is 303-697-2583
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment - See COVID19.Colorado.gov for latest vaccine news, a vaccine "dashboard" and Frequently Asked Questions
Denvergov.org - Click on Government, COVID19 Information, Vaccinations
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Extensive detail about the virus and actions individuals should be taking.
Tri County Health Department - Serving Adams, Arapahoe, and Douglas Counties
Jefferson County - click on COVID 19 Resources
Your Doctor's Office - Some doctors' offices are providing information to their patients about where and how to get an appointment for a vaccine.
- Larimer County https://www.larimer.org/coronavirus-covid-19/covid-19-vaccine
- Weld County https://www.weldgov.com/departments/health_and_environment/2019_novel_coronavirus/vaccine_information
- Colorado State University https://calendar.colostate.edu/vpr/?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D150084739
- Boulder County https://www.bouldercounty.org/families/disease/covid-19/vaccines/
- Boulder Community Health https://www.bch.org/Our-Services/Infectious-Diseases/Coronavirus-Updates/Covid-19-Vaccine/COVID-19-Vaccine-for-70-and-Older.aspx
- Pitkin County https://covid19.pitkincounty.com/vaccine/
- Eagle County https://denver.cbslocal.com/2020/12/31/covid-colorado-eagle-county-vaccination-clinics-residents-70/
- Garfield County https://www.garfield-county.com/public-health/covid-19-vaccine/
- Vail https://www.vailhealth.org/covid-19/vaccines
- CU Health https://www.uchealth.org/access-my-health-connection/
- Banner Health http://bannerhealth.com/staying-well/health-and-wellness/wellness/covid/larimer-county-vaccine
- Kaiser http://kp.org/CovidVaccine
The following is information from a recent presentation by Governor Polis:
The Centers for Disease Control cites the following advantages of being vaccinated:
Below is a summary of the benefits of COVID-19 vaccination based on what we currently know. CDC will continue to update this page as more data become available.
COVID-19 vaccination will help keep you from getting COVID-19
- All COVID-19 vaccines currently available in the United States have been shown to be highly effective at preventing COVID-19. Learn more about the different COVID-19 vaccines.
- All COVID-19 vaccines that are in development are being carefully evaluated in clinical trials and will be authorized or approved only if they make it substantially less likely you’ll get COVID-19. Learn more about how federal partners are ensuring COVID-19 vaccines work.
- Getting vaccinated yourself may also protect people around you, particularly people at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
COVID-19 vaccination is a safer way to help build protection
- COVID-19 can have serious, life-threatening complications, and there is no way to know how COVID-19 will affect you. And if you get sick, you could spread the disease to friends, family, and others around you.
- Clinical trials of all vaccines must first show they are safe and effective before any vaccine can be authorized or approved for use, including COVID-19 vaccines. The known and potential benefits of a COVID-19 vaccine must outweigh the known and potential risks of the vaccine for use under what is known as an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). Watch a video on what an EUA is.
- Getting COVID-19 may offer some natural protection, known as immunity. Current evidence suggests that reinfection with the virus that causes COVID-19 is uncommon in the 90 days after initial infection. However, experts don’t know for sure how long this protection lasts, and the risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19 far outweighs any benefits of natural immunity. COVID-19 vaccination will help protect you by creating an antibody (immune system) response without having to experience sickness.
- Both natural immunity and immunity produced by a vaccine are important parts of COVID-19 disease that experts are trying to learn more about, and CDC will keep the public informed as new evidence becomes available.
COVID-19 vaccination will be an important tool to help stop the pandemic
- Wearing masks and social distancing help reduce your chance of being exposed to the virus or spreading it to others, but these measures are not enough. Vaccines will work with your immune system so it will be ready to fight the virus if you are exposed.
- The combination of getting vaccinated and following CDC’s recommendations to protect yourself and others will offer the best protection from COVID-19.
- Stopping a pandemic requires using all the tools we have available. Ats experts learn more about how COVID-19 vaccination may help reduce spread of the disease in communities, CDC will continue to update the recommendations to protect communities using the latest science.
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