Denver COVID-19 Status Update: June 24, 2022
Published on June 24, 2022
Virtually Everyone, Including Young Kiddos, Now Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccination
Eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccination series was opened up last week to include young kiddos. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) cleared the way for children as young as six-months old to get a vaccination. The Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment is hosting clinics across the state, including right here in Denver. The number of outlets offering vaccines is expected to grow. Adult doses of the vaccine may also be available at many of the clinics and other vaccine providers. Just call ahead. Both Pfizer and Moderna have developed vaccines for kids who are 6-months to 4-years old:
- Pfizer: Three doses total. The first two shots are given three weeks apart; the third shot is given eight weeks after the second dose.
- Moderna: Two doses total; given four weeks apart.
City & County of Denver Independence Day Holiday Closure
DDPHE will be closed Monday, July 4, 2022 in observance of Independence Day. Due to the holiday, the Mayor’s Office, City Council offices, Clerk and Recorder’s Office, Auditor’s Office and most city agencies will be closed. Partner entities such as Denver Health will remain open as well as departments/agencies that operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, such as emergency responders.
Surf’s Up! Be Prepared to Ride the Next Wave with Ease
Surf’s up! But unfortunately, so are the number of COVID-19 cases across Colorado. While case rates in Denver are nowhere near as high as they were during the omicron surge, cases continue to increase. Just like applying sunscreen to avoid a nasty sunburn, staying up to date with the COVID-19 vaccination series that is right for you, will send those numbers into a deep-sea dive. Before heading to that luau, the Denver Department of Public Health & Environment (DDPHE) also encourages everyone, regardless of which COVID-19 vaccine they first received, to get the recommended boosters. The state’s vaccine calculator is a good way to keep track of when each family member will be eligible for a booster. If you haven’t started your vaccination series, now’s the time!
DDPHE encourages and supports Denver residents who make the best personal choice to protect themselves from COVID-19. Those who are immunocompromised or high risk for severe disease are encouraged to take additional precautions including:
- Consider avoiding non-essential indoor activities in public where you could be exposed.
- Talk to your healthcare provider about whether you need to take other precautions (e.g., testing).
- Have a plan for rapid testing if needed (e.g., having home tests or access to testing).
- Staying up to date with COVID-19 vaccinations, including boosters, is the best way to protect against severe disease.
DDPHE continues to urge everyone to be mindful and take precautions when going about their summer routines. If you feel sick, stay home and get tested. More information and resources are available at denvergov.org/covid19.
Denver County Current Status
*Numbers represent data as of Thursday, June 21, 2022 and are subject to change.
Denver residents 5 and older initiating vaccination – 1st dose received:88.3%
Denver residents 5 and older completing vaccination – Fully vaccinated: 80.9%
Denver residents 12 and older receiving booster dose- after initial vaccine series: 51.9%
Denver one-week cumulative incidence rate (7-day average of cases per 100,000 population)
As of 6/23/22: 171.9
Denver one-week average positivity rate*
As of 6/21/22: 12.5%
Persons hospitalized with COVID-19 in Denver County: 29 (as of 6/23/22)
Cumulative Denver positive cases: 191,799 (as of 6/23/22)
Cumulative Denver deaths from COVID-19: 1,403 (as of 6/23/22)