City and County of Denver COVID-19 Response Update
Published on February 25, 2021
Denver COVID-19 Response Update
DENVER – The City and County of Denver today provided the following COVID-19 response update:
Community Vaccination Sites
The City and County of Denver is partnering with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, 9Health, and Safeway to establish four additional, fixed community vaccination sites. These sites will support the State’s vaccination efforts and will provide vaccines to eligible residents in communities most impacted by COVID-19, where vaccine access has been limited, to help address critical place-based needs.
The first of these community vaccination sites opened at the Montbello Recreation Center on Feb. 18. A State-operated vaccination site in Swansea is also currently in operation. A COVID Check Colorado site at Montbello High School will open on Feb. 27. Additional community vaccination sites at the Barnum Recreation Center, Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center, and Bear Valley Library will open the week of March 7. These fixed, community-specific sites will require eligible residents to register for an appointment. Registration information and instructions will be shared with communities prior to the opening of each site.
“Whatever we can do to get needles in the arms of Denver residents sooner and improve equity in distribution, we’re going to continue to advocate for that,” Mayor Michael B. Hancock said. “Equity is driving and shaping our planning around vaccines, as well as the public information we’re providing to the community about their safety and importance.”
The City and County of Denver has a three-pronged strategy to support broad and equitable vaccination access for its residents. The city will focus on each of these tiers simultaneously:
- Support existing community health systems: The city will continue to support vaccination access at existing healthcare infrastructure within communities, including pharmacies and neighborhood clinics. This will build broad availability of the vaccine at trusted and known healthcare sites that exist in Denver communities.
- Establish fixed community vaccination sites: The city is partnering with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, 9Health, and Safeway to establish long-term community vaccination sites at recreation centers or other locations in communities without adequate access to existing healthcare infrastructure. These sites will operate for the next several months at single locations where resources can be efficiently utilized and not duplicated, with predictable hours and reliable registration software, partnering with community networks, nonprofits, churches, City Council members, and trusted neighborhood entities in order to reach more people. The first of these community sites have launched in Montbello and Swansea. Additional sites will launch the week of March 7. Registration for appointments will be required at all sites.
- Deploy mobile vaccination teams: The city will reach those who are unable to access healthcare infrastructure or community vaccination sites by using mobile vaccination teams. These teams will focus on equity and go onsite to provide vaccine to community groups and individuals that may have barriers to healthcare access or who may not be able to travel to a site to be vaccinated. The goal of the Denver Mobile Vaccination team is not to vaccinate large numbers of people, but instead deploy an equity focused approach to intentionally address racial and ethnic disparities impacting communities of color, older adults, people with disabilities, and Denver’s immigrant and refugee communities based on the increased risk of COVID-19 hospitalization and rates of death.
“Equity is the foundation for everything we’ve done, but we are seeing racial disparities in terms of who is being vaccinated,” said Denver Department of Public Health & Environment Executive Director Bob McDonald. “The city is building an equity model around this disparate vaccination data in our communities to ensure everyone has access to vaccines.”
Learn more about Denver vaccine information and the State’s vaccine updates.