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COVID-19 Vaccine Information for the DPS Community

Vaccines are another tool in our toolbox in ensuring that our schools are healthy and safe for students and staff, and we are excited to partner with Denver Health and Children’s Hospital Colorado to offer vaccinations to all of those eligible in the DPS community, including staff, students and families. Currently, vaccines are available in Colorado for those 12 years old and older. Find out when you’re eligible

DPS’ healthcare partners would like to support our staff, students and their families in accessing the COVID-19 vaccines as soon as possible, for those who would like to get one:

Denver Health

Denver Health is our longtime health care partner and serves thousands of DPS students every year through our School Based Health Centers. They are able to offer vaccination appointments to all eligible DPS students and their families through their many clinic locations throughout the city. The following vaccination events have also been confirmed for DPS students and their families (available to all eligible DPS students and their families):

Eligible students and family members can sign up one of two ways:

  • Call the Denver Health Hotline: 303-436-7000
  • Call our School Based Health Centers: 303-602-8958
  • Sign up via their online portal. Students under the age of 18 should select a Pfizer appointment, as that is currently the only type of vaccine safe for them to receive.

We encourage 12-17-year-olds to come in with a parent or guardian. If a parent or guardian is unable to be present Denver Health staff can obtain verbal consent prior to or on the day of the appointment.

Children’s Hospital Colorado

Children’s Hospital Colorado is one of the country’s premier health care providers and a key partner providing the COVID-19 vaccine to DPS educators. They are a Pfizer-only vaccine clinic and are able to provide vaccine appointments for both eligible DPS students and their family members. Here is how students and family members can sign up:

  1. Sign up using the web portal. This will enable Children’s Colorado to contact you to schedule your appointment.
  2. Make your appointment. The web portal will automatically invite you to make your first vaccine appointment as slots become available.
    • Children’s Hospital Colorado patients who are already in Children’s Colorado’s MyChart system will receive a MyChart message to schedule through the Web Portal. Community members who aren’t on MyChart will get a text message to sign up for a vaccine through the web portal.
    • Invitations expire after 72 hours. Registered individuals who do not schedule their appointment within 72 hours of receiving an invitation will need to re-register using the web portal.
  3. Follow up. Once you receive your first dose, the system will automatically schedule your appointment for the second dose. The second appointment will be at the same time 21 days later. (This is based on the timeframes outlined in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Emergency Use Authorization.)
  4. Age Requirement. The participating individual must be 12 years or older on the day of sign up using the web portal.

Children’s Hospital Colorado requires that all individuals under the age of 18 receiving a vaccine during Phase 2 have exactly one parent or legally authorized guardian present with them to sign a physical consent form at both the first and second dose appointments. Full instructions for navigating the Children’s Colorado process can be found here. Patients and families with questions about receiving the vaccine at Children’s Colorado can review these FAQs for patient families. Questions regarding scheduling a COVID vaccine appointment can call the Children’s Colorado COVID vaccine hotline, 720-777-8889.

Resources About the COVID-19 Vaccine

We hope that a large number of our staff and students will choose to take the vaccine in order to provide maximum protection for our staff and student communities, and we want to provide resources to help you make an informed decision on whether to participate in vaccination. Please speak with your personal health care provider if you have additional questions or concerns about the vaccine.

As a reminder, DPS is not requiring students to take the vaccine, because we know this is an individual and personal choice for all students, staff and community members. A student’s enrollment will not be impacted whether or not they receive the vaccine.

Our partners at Denver Health have provided this video with more information about the vaccine as well as answers to frequently asked questions.

COVID-19 Vaccine Facts

  • Getting vaccinated protects you and may protect people around you, particularly those who are at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
  • You may have symptoms like a fever or body aches after you get a vaccine. This is normal and a sign that your immune system is learning how to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19.
  • The COVID-19 vaccines do not contain live virus and cannot make you sick with COVID-19.
  • The COVID-19 mRNA vaccines cannot change your DNA. The vaccines give your body the information needed to make only one spike protein found in the virus. After making this protein, your body recognizes this spike protein as foreign and makes antibodies against it. Your body cannot create the actual virus from one spike protein — the virus has over 20 proteins and the vaccine only teaches your body how to make one.
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Additional COVID-19 Resources

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I sign up to get a COVID-19 vaccine?

Students 16 and older and their family members who are interested in getting a vaccine have a few ways to access it: 

  • Sign up with your healthcare provider.
  • Check the City of Denver’s vaccination website for community clinics.
  • Call the City’s COVID-19 Vaccination Hotline at 877-CO VAX CO (877-268-2926).
  • Contact your neighborhood pharmacy.
  • Sign up with Children’s Hospital Colorado.
  • For students ages 16 and older, contact our School-Based Health Centers at 303-602-8958.

Additionally, DPS is partnering with Denver Health to offer vaccination clinics to students 16 and over who wish to receive it. Eligible students and their parents will receive an email from COVID_Vaccine@dhha.org with more information.

Am I required to get the COVID-19 vaccine?

DPS students are not required to receive the COVID-19 vaccine or provide proof of vaccination. For the purpose of applying public health guidelines such as quarantine orders, a DPS employee may ask you if you are vaccinated or ask to see your vaccination card. However, we will not keep records of who is vaccinated or copies of the vaccination card. DPS employees should not ask follow up questions of a student about why they did or did not get vaccinated.  We do not want to solicit private medical information or information that may reveal that an individual has a disability.

DPS staff and students will continue following the DPS 5 to ensure the continued health and safety of all in our school communities.

I received an email from a health provider to my DPS email account but was unable to sign up for the initial appointment. Did I lose my place in line? Will I be given a second chance?

No, you did not lose your opportunity to make an appointment. Yes, you can easily reschedule. Log back into the health provider’s portal and schedule an appointment from their available dates. You will need to check the portal regularly for available appointments, as appointments may not be open the first time you check. DPS cannot assist with canceling or changing appointments.

Do I need to pay for a vaccine?

No. Vaccines are free to all eligible individuals. You may need to provide your personal health insurance information in order to sign up for an appointment. This will allow the provider to bill your health insurance for the cost of administering the vaccine. If you do not have personal health insurance, you can still receive the vaccine. The vaccine is free to you. You will not be charged personally for the vaccine by either the provider or your health insurance.

Can I get an excused absence to receive the vaccine and/or have adverse side effects after receiving it?

Parents may excuse a student to receive the vaccine or if they are experiencing adverse side effects by calling their child’s school.

Am I able to give my vaccine appointment to someone else?

You are not able to give up your place in line for a specific individual. If you are unable to make your appointment, please ensure you cancel ahead of time to ensure vaccines aren’t wasted.

How do I prepare for my vaccination appointment?

Who do I contact with questions?

If you have questions about the vaccine itself, please contact your healthcare provider.

If you have questions making an appointment to receive the vaccine at Denver Health, please contact our School-Based Health Centers at 303-602-8958.

If you have questions making an appointment to receive the vaccine at Children’s Hospital Colorado, please contact Children’s Colorado at 720-777-8889.

If you believe you should be eligible now but have not yet received a notification, please contact our School-Based Health Centers at 303-602-8958 or sign up at Children’s Colorado’s web portal.

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