CDPHE reminds Coloradans to minimize transmission of COVID-19 during holiday celebrations

CDPHE encourages Coloradans to show gratitude for healthcare by getting vaccinated or boosted

STATEWIDE (November 24, 2021) — As Coloradans prepares to gather with friends and family to celebrate the holiday season, CDPHE would like to remind everyone to take steps to celebrate safely and minimize disease transmission, while Colorado is in a period continues with high cases and hospitalization rates. This year we are fortunate to be able to benefit from vaccines, and more than 81% of all adults in Colorado have already received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, but it is important to follow other public health recommendations and protocols as well. to help ensure continuous hospital capacity for all Coloradans who may need access to care.

“Health workers across Colorado have been on the front lines for more than 20 months, doing heroic and tireless work to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. Let’s make sure this Thanksgiving isn’t ungrateful by showing our gratitude to these consummate professionals,” said Dr. Eric France, Chief Medical Officer, CDPHE. “Hospitals are busier than at any time during the pandemic, and we all owe it to health professionals and our communities to do our part. Let’s take care of each other and be thankful for those who help protect us by getting us vaccinated, getting a booster dose when it’s time and following best practices to prevent disease transmission this holiday weekend.”

A safe and effective Covid-19 vaccine is the best way to prevent the spread of the virus. Vaccines are very effective at preventing severe symptoms and hospitalization, but science now shows that immunity to the vaccine is declining. With waning immunity, vaccinated people can spread COVID-19, and unvaccinated people and other high-risk individuals are at particular risk. Adults 18 years of age and older who received their second dose of Pfizer or Moderna at least six months ago or who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least two months ago should get booster dose to stay protected. You can get any type of vaccine for your booster dose. It does not have to be the same type as the vaccine you have already received.

The state has continued to expand clinics to meet demand for COVID-19 vaccines and booster doses, including an expansion of three community vaccine sites to administer additional doses – Chapel Hills Mall (1710 Briargate Blvd, Colorado Springs , CO 80920), Douglas County Fairgrounds (500 Fairgrounds Road, Castle Rock, CO 80104) and the Pueblo Mall (3201 Dillon Drive, Pueblo, CO 81008) will offer increased capacity of up to 1,000 starting this weekend Friday through Sunday. doses per day. Advance appointments are possible and encouraged.

Earlier this month, CDPHE Released Holiday Guidance Which recommends the following for the holidays::

  • Schedule a meeting where everyone over the age of 5 has been vaccinated.

  • Stay home if you show symptoms of COVID-19, are positive for COVID-19, or have recently been in close contact with someone with COVID-19.

  • Wear a mask and practice physical distancing while shopping. If you can, use the sidewalk for groceries.

  • Plan your shopping list so you can do everything in one trip. Making a one-way ticket not only saves you valuable time; it also helps the environment and reduces your exposure to COVID-19.

  • Ask your guests to test for COVID-19 before the meeting. There are free community test sites throughout Colorado.

  • Consider hosting a smaller, shorter gathering outside. Outdoor events are generally safer than indoor events; smaller groups are generally safer than larger groups; and shorter gatherings are generally safer than longer gatherings.

  • Keep a list of guests and their contact details so they can be notified quickly in the event of exposure to COVID-19.

  • If you’re collecting indoors, improve ventilation by opening windows and doors (if it’s safe to do so) or turning on your heating, air conditioning, or an air purifier.

  • Additional recommendations and guidance are available from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

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