UCHealth is currently focusing efforts on vaccinating people ages 70+.
The first FDA-authorized vaccines for COVID-19 are now being administered. Clinical trials have shown the vaccines may be 94 to 95 percent effective after the second dose in preventing COVID-19 for those who have been vaccinated. Given this, UCHealth experts recommend that everyone get a COVID-19 vaccine when it is available to you.
All COVID-19 vaccinations must follow the distribution guidelines from the state of Colorado. At this time, there is not enough of the COVID-19 vaccine to offer it to everyone. As UCHealth receives shipments of the vaccine, we are providing it as quickly as possible according to the state’s plan.
An appointment is required to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Walk-ins cannot be accommodated.
How to get on our COVID-19 vaccine list
UCHealth is using My Health Connection, our online patient portal, to provide vaccine updates to patients.
- If you have a My Health Connection account, you are added to the vaccine list and will automatically receive updates (by email and in the app) regarding the vaccine.
- If you do not have a My Health Connection account or are new to UCHealth, create a My Health Connection account to be placed on our list to receive the COVID-19 vaccine when it is available for your phase, according to the state’s plan.
- If you don’t have access to My Health Connection, we will call those 70 years old and older to set up appointments as we receive additional vaccine shipments. If you are a current patient of UCHealth, and don’t have a My Health Connection account, you will already be on the call list.
- Community providers:
- Affiliated with UCHealth: Please contact your account manager.
- Not affiliated with UCHealth: Contact your local public health agency.
The COVID-19 vaccine: When, where, and who?
Colorado’s phased distribution:
Colorado’s phases of COVID-19 vaccine distribution are based on federal guidelines to give the limited supply of vaccines in a fair, ethical and transparent way. The state of Colorado has established a three-phased plan for distribution.
Colorado’s COVID-19 vaccination plan will evolve as more information about vaccines becomes available. For more information on the vaccination plan, visit Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE).
When will the vaccine be available:
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) has set up a distribution plan for the vaccine with three phases. All COVID-19 vaccinations must follow the distribution guidelines from the State of Colorado.
The first phase of vaccinations, which began in December, includes health care workers, people in residential nursing facilities, first responders and the highest-risk individuals including those 70 years old and older.
According to the state of Colorado’s plan and current estimates of vaccine availability, higher-risk people may be able to be vaccinated in the spring of 2021 (phase 2), and the general public in the summer of 2021 (phase 3). The CDPHE expects it may take at least a year to give COVID-19 vaccines to all in the state who want one.
COVID-19 vaccine safety
How do we know COVID-19 vaccines are safe?
Clinical trials are evaluating COVID-19 vaccines in tens of thousands of study participants. Information from these trials will allow the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to decide how safe and effective they are. Ongoing, long-term monitoring will continue as it does for all vaccine development. No steps in the normal vaccine development process have been skipped or shortened.
Will the findings of the COVID-19 vaccine trials be made public and reviewed by independent experts?
All phase 3 clinical trials of COVID-19 vaccine candidates are overseen by an independent Data and Safety Monitoring Board (DSMB). This board acts across all of the trials for all of the sponsors. The FDA and vaccine manufacturers are releasing data from their trials publicly.
Did the COVID-19 vaccine clinical trials include people of color?
Is it safe to get a COVID-19 vaccine when it first comes out, or should I wait to get it until the long term effects are better understood?
UCHealth experts recommend that everyone get a COVID-19 vaccine when it is available to you. Clinical trials are evaluating COVID-19 vaccines in tens of thousands of study participants. Information from these trials will allow the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to decide how safe and effective they are. Ongoing, long-term monitoring will continue as it does for all vaccine development. No steps in the normal vaccine development process have been skipped or shortened.
COVID-19 vaccine distribution
How do I get on a list to get the COVID-19 vaccine?
Can I walk in and get a COVID-19 vaccination?
No, all vaccinations need to be scheduled through My Health Connection, our online patient portal. If you do not have a My Health Connection account, please create one to receive these updates (by email and in the app). To create an account, go to uchealth.org/mhcregister.
When the vaccine becomes available to your phase of distribution, you will receive an update (by email and in the app) from My Health Connection with instructions on how to schedule your vaccine appointments.
I missed my appointment for my second dose of the vaccine. What should I do now?
The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines both require a second shot after you receive your first shot. The second shot is very important for you to get full protection from COVID-19.
Appointment times are very limited. Please make every attempt to keep your originally scheduled appointment. We are unable to reschedule the second shot at this time.
COVID-19 vaccine and your health
How much will a COVID-19 vaccine reduce the risks or complications of COVID-19?
Early results from clinical trials have shown that some vaccines may be 94 to 95 percent effective after the second dose in preventing COVID-19 for those who have been vaccinated. Based on what we know about vaccines for other diseases, experts believe that getting a COVID-19 vaccine may help keep you from getting very sick, even if you do get COVID-19. Getting vaccinated may also protect the people around you, especially those at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
The Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines require 2 doses. Will I have any protection after the first dose?
Clinical trials have shown the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines may provide limited protection after 1 dose. These vaccines require 2 doses for full protection.
After the second dose of the vaccine, how long does it take before I have full protection?
Clinical trials reported efficacy (how well the vaccine prevented COVID-19) beginning at 1 week after the second dose. In those trials, the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines prevented 94 to 95% of COVID-19 cases, compared to control groups of people who received a placebo.
Can I get COVID-19 even after getting the vaccine?
Many of the COVID-19 vaccines require 2 doses. It often takes a few weeks for the body to build immunity after getting the vaccine. That means a person could be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 just before or just after getting the vaccine and get sick. This is because the vaccine has not had enough time to provide protection.
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