As the global COVID-19 pandemic continues, we know many of the people we support and their families have questions about the potential for a vaccine and when it might be available to them. We share that interest and concern, and are closely monitoring the latest guidance from the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE) around how COVID-19 vaccines are being distributed in Colorado. As we learn more, we are committed to keeping you updated. The following is from CDPHE:
Health First Colorado, Colorado’s Medicaid program and Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+), has posted specific information about testing, treatment and coverage during the pandemic on Colorado Healthcare Policy and Financing’s (HCPF) web site.
Their guidance includes key facts such as:
Vaccines are free for Health First Colorado and CHP+ members.
It will take a few months until everyone can get a vaccine due to limited supply. See who will get the vaccine first, including people who live in nursing homes and frontline medical workers.
Most people who get the vaccine early will get it from their employer, local public health agency, or at their nursing home or assisted care facility.
You don’t need to be a citizen to get a vaccine. Your information won’t be shared with anyone, including immigration or law enforcement agency.
No vaccine is approved for children or pregnant women right now.
Getting a vaccine will help protect people around you too.
Vaccines are a step in the right direction, but we will still have to do things like wear masks and stay away from others for a while.
Since the coronavirus crisis emerged in Colorado, RMHS has been doing most of our work remotely, using technology to work with people supported. We are monitoring restrictions on physical distancing and face-to-face meetings very carefully, and in the interest of health and safety, we are continuing to deliver services remotely for the time being. You can contact staff directly or use our general phone number, 303-636-5600 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please refer to this page periodically for updates and resources.