How will I get the vaccine?

Last Updated: January 26, 2021
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COVID-19 Vaccine

The initial supply of COVID-19 vaccine(s) is very limited for several months. This means a vaccine will not be immediately available to everyone who wants one. To be as fair and efficient with distribution as possible, the state has developed a phased approach to vaccine distribution to save lives and end the crisis that has been brought on by the pandemic as quickly as possible. By vaccinating people who are most likely to get COVID-19 first, we can keep more Coloradans safe.

To view the COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard please click here.

How to contact providers (for Coloradans 70+)

ATTENTION: Unless otherwise indicated, an appointment is required to receive a vaccine from all providers. Walk-ins cannot be accommodated.

 Where people can get vaccines 

In El Paso County, Phases 1A and 1B are now underway. Phase 1A (high-risk healthcare workers) is estimated to be complete by the end of January. Phase 1B is anticipated to extend through the end of February, but this is subject to changed based on vaccine availability and supply. (Phase 1B includes people age 70-plus, for more information on phases click here.)

How to contact medical providers for vaccines for people 70-plus

  • Most vaccine providers have digital registration options, as well as hotlines for those who prefer to register by phone.
  • Residents don’t have to be a patient of the organization to sign up for the vaccine but may need to register as a patient first. 
  • Residents may call Pikes Peak United Way 2-1-1 to receive information about the vaccine and assistance and other senior support services.

UCHealth

COVID-19 Vaccine Page | 720-462-2255

UCHealth is using My Health Connection, their online patient portal, to communicate with patients. If you are a current UCHealth patient and do not have an active My Health Connection account, please sign up at UCHealth's website.

If you are not a current UCHealth patient and would like to be placed on a list to receive the COVID-19 vaccine when it is available, please visit the website to sign up.

If you’re a UCHealth patient and you’re already on their vaccine list, they’ll contact you as more appointments become available.

For more information, visit www.uchealth.org/covidvaccine. If you don’t have access to a computer or smartphone, you can call their COVID-19 vaccine hotline at 720-462-2255. UCHealth’s website and hotline can be accessed in Spanish, as well as almost 100 other languages through interpreter services.

Centura Health

Provider Search | COVID-19 Information Center | 866-414-1562

If you are a Centura Health patient, you will receive an invitation when it is your time to receive the vaccine through MyCenturaHealth, their patient portal. These invitations will be sent based on the state tiering system, starting with patients age 70-plus. This process will be randomized and equitable without discrimination.

An appointment is required to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and walk-ins cannot be accommodated. Centura plans to make the vaccine available to all members of the community and details will be posted on the Centura.org website once available.

The Vaccine Notification Sign-up is available in English and Spanish at Centura.org/covid-19/covid-19-vaccine-information. Patients may also call 866-414-1562.

Kaiser Permanente

COVID-19 Vaccine Page | 1-855-550-0951

For Kaiser Permanente members 70-plus (and others in eligible 1A and 1B categories) visit Kaiser Permanente’s vaccine webpage to complete the “COVID-19 vaccine sign up.” Upon providing your information to Kaiser, you will be placed on a first-come, first-served wait list for the vaccine based on your eligibility. Patients may also call 1-855-550-0951.

Matthews-Vu

MatthewsVu.com | 719-474-7380

Matthews-Vu is utilizing a pre-registration list for patients that qualify based on the phases identified by the state of Colorado. Starting with patients 70-plus, Matthews-Vu will contact patients that have pre-registered and administer the vaccine as supplies are available. Matthews-Vu patients should contact their provider's office and asked to be pre-registered. Find more details at the MatthewsVu.com website.

Matthews-Vu encourages eligible patients to contact their primary care providers to schedule for the vaccine. Matthews-Vu has a dedicated COVID vaccine hotline for pre-registration at 719-474-7380. This line will be monitored Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Please note that staff are not able to answer questions beyond what the state and county have published and will not have specific information on vaccine availability.

Matthews-Vu now offers COVID-19 vaccine pre-registration via email for all patients that qualify (currently anyone in Phase 1A and Phase 1B). Please email your name and the best contact number to [email protected] and a staff member will reach out to schedule you as supplies are available.

Optum & Mountain View Medical Group

COVID-19 Vaccine Page | 719-463-5650

Optum and Mountain View Medical Group are currently providing vaccines to patients 70-plus.

Due to high demand, vaccines will be given by appointment only.  Patients who are 70-plus, please contact Optum and Mountain View Medical Group by email to be placed on the COVID-19 vaccine waiting list. Please send your first and last name, date of birth, and telephone number to [email protected]. The team will be contacting you over the next few weeks to schedule your COVID vaccine.

Peak Vista Community Health Centers 

COVID-19 Patient Resources | 719-344-6500

If you are 70-plus, you are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine from Peak Vista. An appointment is required. Call 719-344-6500 to schedule an appointment to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. An ID is not required to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Peak Vista Community Health Centers is contacting current patients, age 70-plus, via text, email and phone calls to schedule appointments for receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. 

Como paciente de Peak Vista puede ser elegible para recibir la vacuna del COVID-19. Llame hoy al 719-344-6500 para una cita.

Safeway Pharmacy

Safeway COVID-19 Clinic | Call your nearest Safeway location

Phase 1A and Phase 1B individuals, including seniors age 70-plus, may schedule their COVID-19 vaccination appointment here.

All appointments MUST be made online and are on a first-come, first-served basis. Appointment availability will be added weekly as allocations are received. Please check back regularly if you are unable to secure an appointment.

Veterans Administration

VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System | 1-888-336-8262

The PFC Floyd K. Lindstrom Veterans Affairs Clinic in Colorado Springs is now offering appointments for COVID-19 vaccinations to veterans enrolled in VA health care who are in the 1B priority group (75-plus). No action is required at this time for veterans wishing to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

Enrolled veterans may sign up for updates and express intent to receive the vaccine by visiting www.va.gov/health-care/covid-19-vaccine/stay-informed. Veterans may also call 1-888-336-8262 for questions about receiving the vaccine.

The VA will contact veterans in other vaccine priority groups to gauge interest and will schedule appointments based on the Centers for Disease Control/Department of Veterans Affairs COVID vaccine prioritization groups.

For information on other state health systems visit the CDPHE website.

When can I get vaccinated?

Colorado is currently vaccinating eligible Coloradans for Phase 1. After all of Phase 1 is complete, we will proceed with Phase 2 and 3.

[Text reads 'COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution. Phase 1 Winter.  1A Highest-risk health care workers and individuals. People who have direct contact with COVID-19 patients for 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period. Long-term care facility staff and residents. Phase 1B Coloradans age 70+, moderate-risk health care workers, first responders, frontline essential workers, and continuity of state government. Health care workers with less direct contact with COVID-19 patients (e.g. home health, hospice, pharmacy, dental, etc.) and EMS. Firefighters, police, COVID-19 response personnel, correctional workers, and funeral services. People age 70 and older.---------Frontline essential workers in education food and agriculture, manufacturing, U.S. postal service, public transit and specialized transportation staff, grocery, public health, frontline essential human service workers, and direct care providers for Coloradans experiencing homelessness. Essential officials from executive, legislative and judicial branches of state government. Essential frontline journalists. Phase 2. Spring. Higher-risk individuals and other essential workers. People age 60-69. People age 16-59 with obesity, diabetes, chronic lung disease, significant heart disease, chronic kidney disease, cancer or are immunocompromised. Other essential workers and continuity of local government. Adults who received a placebo during a COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial. Phase 3. The general public. Anyone age 16-59. Timeline subject to change based on supply chain. Prioritization subject to changed based on data, science, availability. Revised 12/30/2020.’]
[Text reads 'Phase 1 Timeline. Dec. 2020. Dec 14. State receives and administers first vaccines. Dec.-Jan. Phase 1A Vaccines administered. Jan. 15. Complete majority of Phase 1A Health care workers. Jan.-Feb. Phase 1B begins & 1A finalizes. Moderate risk health care workers, first responders, and 70+ Coloradans. March. Frontline essential workers receive vaccines. Spring 2021. This timeline is dependent on receiving a steady supply of doses from the Federal government, and steady administration by healthcare providers and Local Public Health Agencies.']

Vaccines can save lives, but so can you. 

Stopping a pandemic requires using all the tools available to us. To slow the spread of disease, Coloradans should continue to use basic public health guidance, like physical distancing and mask wearing, until a vaccine is widely available and used by Coloradans. 

How much will it cost?

It will be free. Cost will not be an obstacle to getting the vaccine. Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance are required to cover the cost of the COVID-19 vaccines. In addition, uninsured Coloradans will have access to free vaccines.

More importantly, a vaccine provider may not turn you away for the vaccine because of an inability to pay or your medical coverage status. 

What can I expect at my vaccine appointment?

At your appointment, you should receive an FDA fact sheet that tells you more about the risks and benefits of the specific COVID-19 vaccine you will receive. You should also receive a vaccination card or printout that tells you which COVID-19 vaccine you received, the date you received it, and the location you received it. Keep this card as a reminder of when you need to get your second dose, if applicable. The second dose of any COVID-19 vaccine must be the same vaccine product as your first dose. It is very important to get both doses of the vaccine so that your body develops enough antibodies to fight the COVID-19 virus if you get infected at a later time.

You may experience side effects, especially after receiving the second dose of the vaccine. These symptoms are normal and show that your body’s immune system is responding to a vaccine. These side effects typically go away on their own after a few days.

For more information, see the following links:

Safety and effectiveness

Vaccines must go through a detailed scientific evaluation before pharmaceutical companies can submit them to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for approval. Each phase of the evaluation includes three different clinical research studies or trials. In the clinical research study or trial, the vaccine is tested on people who volunteer to be part of the study. Each clinical trial emphasizes safety of the vaccine on people. As the research moves through to the next phase, the group of volunteers becomes bigger to include more diversity in people and circumstances. 

A diverse group of people volunteered to participate in every phase of the clinical trials, including populations disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 due to generations of systemic inequities. For example, in Pfizer’s clinical trials, about 42% of volunteers identified as Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino/a, or Native American. About 37% of volunteers for Moderna’s trials identified as Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino/a, or other.

The FDA requires that all vaccines undergo this rigorous scientific process, including three phases of clinical trials, before they will authorize or approve the vaccine. The COVID-19 vaccines are subject to the same safety standards as other vaccine trials. Additionally, two independent advisory committees - FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) and CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) - will also review a vaccine’s safety data before it is made available to the public.

Reporting adverse events

If you are experiencing a medical emergency, seek immediate assistance from a healthcare provider or call 9-1-1. 

The CDC and FDA are closely monitoring COVID-19 vaccine(s) for new risks and serious side effects. We highly encourage the public to report possible side effects (called adverse events) to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS). This national system collects the data to look for adverse events that are unexpected, appear to happen more often than expected, or have unusual patterns of occurrence. Anyone can submit a report, including parents, patients, and health care professionals. Reporting to VAERS helps the CDC monitor the safety of vaccines. 

Sign up for v-safe

CDC’s v-safe is a new smartphone-based, after-vaccination health checker for people who receive COVID-19 vaccines. When you receive your vaccine, you should also receive a v-safe information sheet telling you how to enroll in v-safe. If you enroll, you will receive regular text messages directing you to surveys where you can report any problems or adverse reactions you have after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON
THE COVID-19 VACCINE, PLEASE CALL:

COVID-19 VACCINE HOTLINE
1-877-COVAXCO (1-877-268-2926)
Monday through Friday 9 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Answers available in multiple languages.

COHELP
303-389-1687 or 877-462-2911
Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Answers available in multiple languages.

Or call Pikes Peak United Way at 2-1-1.

For more information visit the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s website.

¿Cómo recibiré la vacuna?

PARA MÁS INFORMACIÓN SOBRE
LA VACUNA COVID-19, LLAME A:


COHELP
303-389-1687 o 877-462-2911
Lunes a viernes de 9 a.m. a 10 p.m.
Sábados y domingos de 9 a.m. a 5 p.m.
Respuestas disponibles en varios idiomas.

Esperamos que el suministro inicial de vacunas COVID-19 sea muy limitado durante varios meses. Esto significa que una vacuna no estará inmediatamente disponible para todos los que la deseen. Para ser lo más justo y eficiente posible con la distribución, el Estado ha desarrollado un enfoque gradual de la distribución de vacunas para salvar vidas y poner fin a la crisis provocada por la pandemia lo antes posible. Al vacunar a las personas más propensas a contraer COVID-19 primero, podemos mantener seguros a más habitantes de Colorado.

Cómo comunicarse con los proveedores (para residentes de Colorado mayores de 70 años)

ATENCIÓN: A menos que se indique lo contrario, se requiere una cita para recibir una vacuna de todos los proveedores. No se pueden acomodar personas sin cita previa.

¿Dónde pueden las personas obtener las vacunas ? 

En el condado de El Paso, las fases 1A y 1B  están ya en marcha. Se estima que la fase 1A estará completa a finales de enero. Se anticipa que la fase 1B se extienda hasta finales de febrero, pero está sujeta a cambios en función de la disponibilidad y el suministro de vacunas.

¿Cómo contactar a proveedores médicos para obtener vacunas para personas mayores de 70 años?  

  • La mayoría de los proveedores de vacunas tienen opciones de registro digital, así como líneas directas para quienes prefieren registrarse por teléfono.
  • Los residentes no tienen que ser pacientes de la organización para inscribirse para la vacuna, pero es posible que primero necesiten registrarse como pacientes.

UCHealth

UCHealth está utilizando My Health Connection, el portal de pacientes en línea, para comunicarse con los pacientes. Si es un paciente actual de UCHealth y no tiene una cuenta activa de My Health Connection, regístrese en el sitio web de UCHealth.

Si no es un paciente actual de UCHealth y le gustaría ser incluido en una lista para recibir la vacuna COVID-19 cuando esté disponible, visite el sitio web para inscribirse

Centura Health

Búsqueda de proveedores | Centro de información de Covid-19

Si es paciente de Centura Health, recibirá una invitación cuando sea el momento de recibir la vacuna a través de MyCenturaHealth, el portal para pacientes. Estas invitaciones se enviarán según el sistema de clasificación estatal, comenzando con pacientes de 70 años o más. Se requiere una cita para recibir la vacuna COVID-19 y no se pueden acomodar personas sin cita previa. El plan es poner la vacuna a disposición de todos los miembros de la comunidad y los detalles se publicarán en el sitio web de Centura.org una vez que estén disponibles.

El registro de notificación de vacunas está disponible en inglés y español en Centura.org/covid-19/covid-19-vaccine-information. Los pacientes también pueden llamar al 866-414-1562.

Kaiser Permanente

Para los permanentes miembros de Kaiser 70+ (y otros en las categorías elegibles 1A y 1B) visite la página web de la vacuna de Kaiser Permanente para completar el "Registro de la vacuna COVID-19". Una vez que les proporcione su información, se lo colocará en una lista de espera por orden de llegada para la vacuna según su elegibilidad. Los pacientes también pueden llamar al 1-855-550-0951.

Matthews-Vu

Matthews-Vu está utilizando una lista de preinscripción para pacientes que califican según las fases identificadas por el estado de Colorado. A partir de los pacientes de 70 años o más, Matthews-Vu se comunicará con los pacientes que se hayan registrado previamente y les administrará la vacuna cuando haya suministros disponibles. Los pacientes de Matthews-Vu deben comunicarse con el consultorio de su proveedor y solicitar que se registren previamente. Encuentre más detalles en el sitio web MatthewsVu.com.

Matthews-Vu anima a los pacientes elegibles a contactar a sus proveedores de atención primaria para programar la vacuna. Matthews-Vu tiene una línea directa dedicada a la vacuna COVID para pre-registacion en el 719-474-7380. Esta línea será monitoreada de lunes a viernes, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tenga en cuenta que el personal no puede responder preguntas más allá de lo que el estado y el condado han publicado y no tendrá información específica sobre la disponibilidad de vacunas.

Matthews-Vu ahora ofrece el prerregistro de la vacuna COVID-19 por correo electrónico para todos los pacientes que califican (actualmente, cualquiera en la Fase 1A y la Fase 1B). Envíe un correo electrónico con su nombre y el mejor número de contacto a [email protected] y un miembro del personal se comunicará con usted para programarlo cuando haya suministros disponibles

Optum & Mountain View Medical Group

Optum y Mountain View Medical Group están facilitando actualmente la vacunación de la Fase 1A, centrándose en las vacunas para los trabajadores de atención médica de primera línea y los pacientes de 70 años o más.

Debido a la alta demanda, las vacunas se administrarán solo con cita previa. Los pacientes que tienen 70 años o más, comuníquese con Optum y Mountain View Medical Group por correo electrónico para ser incluidos en la lista de espera de la vacuna COVID-19. Envíe su nombre y apellido, fecha de nacimiento y número de teléfono a [email protected] El equipo se comunicará con usted durante las próximas semanas para programar su vacuna COVID.

Centros de salud comunitarios Peak Vista

Peak Vista Community Health Centers se está comunicando con pacientes actuales, de 70 años o más, a través de mensajes de texto, correo electrónico y llamadas telefónicas para programar citas para recibir la vacuna COVID-19. Más detalles están disponibles en PeakVista.org.

Farmacias Safeway

Clínica Safeway COVID-19 | Llame a su farmacia de Safeway más cercana 

Los individuos de Fase 1A y Fase 1B, incluidas las personas mayores de 70 años o más, pueden programar su cita de vacunación COVID-19 aquí.

Todas las citas DEBEN hacerse en línea y se asignan por orden de llegada. La disponibilidad de citas se agregará semanalmente a medida que se reciban las asignaciones. Por favor, consulte regularmente si no puede obtener una cita.

Administración de veteranos

VA Sistema de atención médica del este de Colorado | 1-888-336-8262

La Clínica de Asuntos de Veteranos de PFC Floyd K. Lindstrom en Colorado Springs está ofreciendo citas para la vacunación COVID-19 a veteranos inscritos en la atención de salud VA que están en el grupo de prioridad 1B (más de 75). No se requiere ninguna acción en este momento para los veteranos que deseen recibir una vacuna COVID-19.

Los veteranos inscritos pueden inscribirse para recibir actualizaciones y expresar su intención de recibir la vacuna visitando www.va.gov/health-care/covid-19-vaccine/stay-informed. Los veteranos también pueden llamar al 1-888-336-8262 para preguntas sobre cómo recibir la vacuna. 

 El VA contactará a veteranos en otros grupos de prioridad de vacunas para medir el interés y programará citas basadas en los grupos de priorización de vacunas de los Centros para el Control de Enfermedades/Departamento de Asuntos de Veteranos de COVID.

La vacuna puede salvar vidas, pero tú también

Para detener una pandemia, es necesario utilizar todas las herramientas disponibles. Para frenar la propagación de la enfermedad,  los habitantes de Colorado deben seguir utilizando las pautas básicas de salud pública, como el distanciamiento físico y el uso de mascarillas, hasta que una vacuna esté ampliamente disponible y sea utilizada por los habitantes de Colorado.

¿Cuánto costará?

Será gratis. El costo no será un obstáculo para recibir la vacuna. Medicare, Medicaid y el seguro privado están requeridos a cubrir el costo de las vacunas COVID-19. Además, los residentes de Colorado sin seguro médico tendrán acceso a vacunas gratuita

Más importante aún, es posible que un proveedor de vacunas no le rechace la vacuna por no poder pagar o por su estado de cobertura médica.

¿Qué puedo esperar en mi cita de vacunación?

En su cita, debe recibir una hoja informativa con datos de la FDA que le brinde más información sobre los riesgos y beneficios de la vacuna específica de COVID-19 que recibirá. También debe recibir una tarjeta de vacunación o una copia impresa que le indique qué vacuna COVID-19 recibió, la fecha en que la recibió y el lugar donde la recibió. Conserve esta tarjeta como recordatorio de cuándo debe recibir su segunda dosis, si corresponde. La segunda dosis de cualquier vacuna COVID-19 debe ser el mismo producto de vacuna que su primera dosis. Es muy importante recibir ambas dosis de la vacuna para que su cuerpo desarrolle suficientes anticuerpos para combatir el virus COVID-19 si se infecta más adelante.

Usted puede experimentar efectos secundarios, especialmente después de recibir la segunda dosis de la vacuna. Estos síntomas son normales y muestran que el sistema inmunitario de su cuerpo está respondiendo a una vacuna. Estos efectos secundarios generalmente desaparecen por sí solos después de unos días.

Para obtener más información, consulte los siguientes enlaces:

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