Aurora, Colo. (Feb. 22, 2021) – UCHealth has now administered more than 215,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses, with more than 140,500 people receiving at least their first dose. Of those, UCHealth has provided vaccinations to more than 101,000 people 65 and older and has vaccinated the vast majority of its staff and providers.
“UCHealth’s vaccine list has grown to hundreds of thousands of people 65 and older, and we are providing vaccinations as quickly as possible, up to 30,000 each week,” said Dr. Richard Zane, UCHealth chief innovation officer and professor and chair of emergency medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. “UCHealth is proud to have administered almost 20 percent of all COVID-19 vaccinations in Colorado.”
UCHealth currently has about 90,000 scheduled appointments for COVID-19 vaccinations over the coming weeks.
“We want everyone, especially those in underserved and vulnerable communities, to have access to the COVID-19 vaccine. Minority communities have been disproportionately impacted during the pandemic,” said Dr. Jean Kutner, chief medical officer of University of Colorado Hospital and professor at the CU School of Medicine. “We are thus working closely with community organizations including churches, clinics and federally qualified health centers to hold vaccine clinics and bring vaccinations into these communities.”
Anyone can sign up for the vaccine list at UCHealth – even if they are not a UCHealth patient – at uchealth.org/covidvaccine. People 65 and older are being selected at random from this list to be offered an appointment as vaccine doses become available.
UCHealth offers vaccine hotline phone numbers in both English (720.462.2255) and Spanish (844.945.2508) so that anyone without access to a computer or smartphone can call to be placed on the list. UCHealth is also calling people to schedule appointments, with translation services available for more than 100 different languages.
UCHealth encourages everyone to continue washing hands, wearing masks, watching their distance from others, and avoiding gatherings with those outside their household, even after they receive the vaccine. If anyone has even mild symptoms of COVID-19, they should isolate themselves to avoid potentially spreading it to others and absolutely seek medical care if needed.
UCHealth is an innovative, nonprofit health system that delivers the highest quality medical care with an excellent patient experience. UCHealth includes 25,000 employees, 12 acute-care full-service hospitals and hundreds of physicians across Colorado, southern Wyoming and western Nebraska. With University of Colorado Hospital on the CU Anschutz Medical Campus as its academic anchor and the only adult academic medical center in the region, UCHealth is dedicated to providing unmatched patient care in the Rocky Mountain West. Offering more than 150 clinic locations, UCHealth pushes the boundaries of medicine, providing advanced treatments and clinical trials and improving health through innovation.
Contact: Paula Freund