DENVER (March 4, 2021) — The Colorado Department of Human Services' Office of Early Childhood (OEC) is partnering with Children’s Hospital Colorado (Children’s Colorado) to help licensed child care providers access the COVID-19 vaccine.
Licensed child care providers were included in vaccine distribution phase 1B.2, in recognition of the vital role they play for working families in Colorado. The partnership between CDHS and Children’s Colorado will help more child care providers access a vaccine appointment and reduce outbreaks of COVID-19 in child care facilities.
“We are very excited for this partnership, and to offer licensed child care providers another option for accessing a COVID-19 vaccine,” said Mary Alice Cohen, OEC director. “Child care providers are vital to Colorado’s economy, and this effort helps more providers keep their doors open and ensure families have access to safe, high-quality care.”
“As public health advisors and child health experts, we encourage everyone to get vaccinated,” said Dr. David Brumbaugh, chief medical officer at Children’s Colorado. “We’re especially glad that we can help child care providers in Colorado access the COVID vaccine. We believe in the safety of currently authorized vaccines and believe they will help us get to the end of this pandemic.”
Any licensed child care provider in Colorado can register to make a vaccine appointment at Children’s Colorado on either the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora or in the Briargate neighborhood in Colorado Springs. Appointments are available seven days a week, from 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Providers interested in making a vaccine appointment through Children’s Colorado should fill out this form. Once the form is submitted, providers will receive an email from MyChart within three to five days with further instructions for making an appointment.
Child care providers can contact OEC with questions at 1-800-799-5876 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Child care providers can also connect to additional vaccine providers across Colorado. More information is available here.
Child care providers who have vaccine questions pertaining to their personal risk should contact their health care provider.
Please note that Children’s Colorado’s role as a state partner for targeted vaccine distribution is distinct and different from other organizations that are public providers of the vaccine. Children’s Colorado is not currently offering the vaccine on a per-request basis or to individuals outside of the agencies designated by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment or local public health agencies.
Madlynn Ruble, Deputy Director of Communications