As of April 2, Phase 2 of Colorado’s COVID-19 vaccination plan is underway. Children’s Colorado has been contacting all patients age 16 and older to offer the opportunity to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at our hospitals in Aurora or Colorado Springs.
“Children’s Hospital Colorado has been honored to play an important role in vaccinating priority groups as part of Phase 1, including many of our patients who are at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19,” said David Brumbaugh, MD, Chief Medical Officer at Children’s Colorado. “Now, we’re excited to announce that we’re opening our vaccine clinics to our team member community, and Colorado kids and families for Phase 2. We know many families in our local communities have been anxious to access the vaccine.
Children’s Colorado has been doing everything we can – from advising the CDC to advocating with the State to serving as a vaccine hub – to expedite the distribution process. We’re glad vaccines are now in reach for all Coloradans ages 16 and older.”
How to sign up for Phase 2
Patients with MyChart
Patients ages 16 and older who have an active Children’s Colorado MyChart account continue to receive invitations to schedule their vaccine appointments through MyChart.
Due to demand, it could take several weeks before all eligible patients are invited to schedule appointments. The appointment slots are added to MyChart based on the number of doses we receive from the State.
Community members and patients without MyChart
Children’s Colorado has implemented a new, web portal system that allows people ages 16 and older to add themselves to a vaccine registration even if they aren’t in MyChart. The web portal works on a first-come, first-served basis. Individuals can sign up to get vaccinated at our hospitals on Anschutz Medical Campus or in Colorado Springs at the Memorial North campus.
Appointments are dependent on the number of doses we receive from the State.
The portal replaces the need for an active MyChart account or a referral order. Patients and families who are interested in getting a vaccine at Children’s Colorado no longer need a referral from their primary care provider to sign up.
“We have been operating our vaccination clinics at Children’s Colorado since December and are excited to open them up to community members,” said Jerrod Milton, Chief Clinical Officer and Senior Vice President of Professional Services. “We feel it’s our duty as a member of this community to help people get vaccinated so that we can put an end to this pandemic.”
Learn how to register to receive a vaccine
COVID-19 vaccines are proven safe and effective for people ages 16+
“As public health advisors and child health experts, we encourage everyone to get vaccinated,” said Dr. Brumbaugh. “We believe in the safety of currently authorized vaccines. Please be sure to speak with your healthcare provider if you have any questions.”
Data on vaccines for younger children expected soon
Leaders at Children’s Colorado are closely monitoring the scientific evidence surrounding the vaccine’s safety and effectiveness in children younger than 16. We recognize how important it will be to get more children vaccinated when we know it’s safe to do so. When that time comes – and we expect it could occur as soon as this summer - we will adapt our plans and focus on the needs of kids in our community.
Preventing the spread of COVID-19 remains critical
Remember, stopping a pandemic requires using all the tools available to us. To slow the spread of COVID-19 and new coronavirus variants, we should continue taking precautions, including social distancing, wearing face coverings and hand washing, even if you’ve received a COVID-19 vaccine. We must continue to take these precautions until a vaccine is widely available and the majority of the population, including children, has been vaccinated.
For the latest on what parents should know during the pandemic, please see our family-friendly COVID-19 resources.