On May 12, 2021, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control announced emergency use authorization of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 12 and older. This latest announcement marks yet another exciting milestone, as access to the vaccine continues to expand to a wider range of children in our state.
Children's Colorado has delivered more than 45,000 doses of the COVID vaccine to healthcare workers, first responders, educators, school nurses, childcare workers, patients and community members across our state.
Vaccine distribution at Children’s Hospital Colorado
We are pleased to announce that we are again offering Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine appointments to our patients and community members ages 12 and older.
Anschutz Medical Campus
The vaccine clinic at Children’s Hospital Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus is located on the 4th floor of the Outpatient Pavilion. Appointments are now available Monday through Friday through our online portal.
Children’s Hospital Colorado, Colorado Springs
Children’s Hospital Colorado, Colorado Springs now offers a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine clinic once per month on Thursday mornings from 8 to 10 a.m. This clinic will be open every 21 days for both first and second doses.
Other options for COVID-19 vaccination
If these options are not convenient, community members or patient families seeking the COVID-19 vaccine are encouraged to work with their primary care provider to schedule their vaccinations, or refer to the CDPHE website’s provider list to learn about all options available to them.
Process for scheduling a COVID-19 vaccine
Eligible patients and community members who are interested in receiving the vaccine through Children’s Colorado can pre-register to get on our list. Children’s Colorado will invite eligible individuals to schedule appointments on a first-come-first-served basis. We regularly open appointments based on available vaccine supplies.
When upcoming appointments are available, they will receive an email to sign up for their first vaccine appointment. The second appointment for the second dose will automatically be scheduled for the same time, 21 days later. Patients and families who do not respond to their invitation to make an appointment within 72 hours will need to register again to be placed back on the list. Note: Children’s Colorado is offering third doses for qualifying current patients only. (Not the public.)
For additional details on getting a COVID-19 vaccine at Children’s Colorado, patients and community members can visit our Get Vaccinated page.
Accompaniment for minors and consent
Minors cannot come to the vaccine appointments alone. Please note all individuals under the age of 18 receiving a vaccine must have exactly one parent or legally authorized guardian present with them to sign a physical consent form during each vaccine dose.
Third dose of COVID-19 vaccine for immunocompromised patients
Effective August 13, the CDC recommends that people who are 12 years and older and moderately to severely immunocompromised receive a third dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) at least 28 days after the completion of the initial mRNA COVID-19 vaccine series. Per the CDC and CDPHE, the COVID-19 vaccine can be safely co-administered with other vaccines without regard to timing.
Available data shows this population does not always build adequate levels of protection after an initial two-dose primary mRNA COVID-19 vaccine series and may benefit from receiving an additional dose. For this patient population, this additional dose is considered completion of their initial vaccine series and is not referred to as a booster dosage.
How will eligible patients be identified and scheduled for their third dose?
Children’s Colorado has examined patient electronic health records and identified shared patients who are eligible. Eligibility is determined by:
- Age 12 years or older
- Having completed the initial two doses of an mRNA vaccine series (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) at Children’s Colorado
- Having diagnoses/problems that match the CDC’s recommendation
CDC guidance states that patients should receive a third dose of the same mRNA vaccine they received for their first and second doses. For example, patients who received the Pfizer vaccine for the first and second dose should get a third dose of the Pfizer vaccine.
There are approximately 3,000 patients who meet these criteria and who received the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. These patients have orders that will be placed on September 1.
There are approximately 250 patients who meet these criteria and who received the Moderna vaccine. These patients’ orders will not be available in Epic/MyChart until the week of September 6. If your patient received the Moderna vaccine, we ask for your patience.
Where can eligible patients receive their third dose?
Beginning September 1, eligible Children’s Colorado patients will receive a scheduling ticket in MyChart for their third-dose vaccine at Children’s Colorado. Eligible patients can schedule an appointment for their third dose at Anschutz Medical Campus, the Health Pavilion and our hospital in Colorado Springs.
Appointment slots will be added to MyChart on a routine basis. If your patient is not able to find a slot when they first log in, encourage them to check back regularly to see if new appointments have been added. Patients and families have access to a scheduling line for issues (720-777-8889), but the fastest and best way for them to sign up for a vaccine is through MyChart. Please use every opportunity to get your patients activated on MyChart as you see them. The public web-based portal will not be available for scheduling the third dose.
We encourage all patients to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in their medical home, if it is available, or to receive it at the many community-based vaccination sites across our state.
How will I know if Children’s Colorado has identified my patient(s) as eligible to receive the vaccine?
You can access an Epic Workbench Report that shows which patients have been proactively identified as meeting clinical criteria. Access Workbench Report instructions (.pdf).
To ensure accountability to CDPHE and the state, we will not be able to accept faxed referrals for the COVID vaccine. Our electronic systems in PedsConnect and Children’s Colorado Connect (CCC) allow for attestation by the ordering provider to ensure that only immunocompromised-eligible patients are referred for vaccination.
Referring a patient for the COVID-19 vaccine at Children’s Colorado
For patients who have not been identified by Children’s Colorado as meeting immunocompromised criteria, providers can submit a COVID vaccine referral order via PedsConnect or CCC. Access referral order instructions for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine (.pdf).
Referral orders for the Moderna vaccine will be available next week.
To activate a CCC account, please follow our step-by-step instructions or email email@example.com. If you need to reset your CCC password, you can reach the Children’s Colorado Help Desk at 720-777- HELP (4357).
Frequently asked patient vaccination questions
Should patients wait to get the COVID-19 vaccine if they have had other vaccinations recently?
Out of an abundance of caution, the CDC first recommended that people wait to get the COVID-19 vaccines if they had recently gotten other vaccinations. Now that we have more data from the many people who have gotten COVID-19 vaccines, we know that the risks of having an adverse event to the COVID-19 vaccine on its own or with another vaccine is very low. The CDC has changed its guidance based on this data. COVID-19 vaccines and other vaccines may now be given at the same time or within 14 days of each other.
Will Children’s Colorado be participating in COVID-19 vaccine trials for children under 12?
Our team of medical experts is now conducting a clinical research study evaluating the Pfizer and BioNTech COVID-19 investigational (study) vaccine to learn if it can produce an immune response against COVID-19, and if it is safe, in children 5 to 11 years old.
What do we know about the safety and efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccine in children under 12?
Data on vaccines for younger children is expected soon. Leaders at Children’s Colorado are closely monitoring the scientific evidence surrounding the vaccine’s safety and effectiveness in children younger than 12, including by participating as a study site in the Pfizer-BioNTech clinical trial. We recognize how important it will be to get more children vaccinated when we know it’s safe to do so.
Where can my patients get more information about COVID-19 vaccines?
We recommend the following resources for patient families who want to learn more about the COVID-19 vaccines: