Children's Hospital Colorado

Children’s Hospital Colorado Will Require COVID-19 Vaccine for All Team Members

Children's Hospital Colorado | August 12, 2021

Children’s Hospital Colorado joins hospitals across the state, with the support of the Colorado Hospital Association, in requiring team members to complete an approved COVID-19 vaccination series by Oct. 1, 2021.

COVID-19 cases are increasing quickly across the country and the state. While both vaccinated and unvaccinated populations are experiencing this increase, the rate of spread and serious illness have been most pronounced for those who are unvaccinated. Meanwhile, 80% of Children’s Colorado patients, including those most vulnerable to the effects of COVID-19, remain ineligible for vaccination.

Vaccines are essential in the fight against COVID-19

“Our team members have embodied the spirit of a caring community, adapting and persevering through the past 17 months,” says Jena Hausmann, president and CEO of Children’s Colorado. “Vaccines are essential in the fight against COVID-19. With safe and effective vaccines widely available, this decision affirms our commitment to the safety and care of our team members and of those we serve.”

Children’s Colorado provides COVID-19 vaccinations to employees and to community members at its vaccine clinics, available on the Anschutz Medical Campus and Children’s Colorado, Colorado Springs. Since December 2020, Children’s Colorado has vaccinated more than 49,000 individuals, including healthcare workers, first responders, educators, school nurses, childcare workers, patients and community members.

All team members will be required to be completely vaccinated against COVID-19

A complete series of COVID-19 vaccinations will be a requirement to work at Children’s Colorado. This policy applies to all employees, medical staff, trainees, volunteers, vendors, medical students and contract staff.

Beginning Oct. 1, 2021, team members who have not received a complete COVID-19 vaccination series will be subject to increased PPE requirements, as well as routine COVID-19 PCR testing in accordance with epidemiological trends in Colorado and/or throughout the country. Children’s Colorado will continue to follow CDC and AAP best practices.

More than four million children in America have been diagnosed with COVID-19. With a busy respiratory season already well underway, Children’s Colorado remains committed to creating policies and processes that keep our employees, patients and families safe and well-supported.