COVID-19 Vaccine Information and Safety
Who is Currently Eligible for a COVID-19 Vaccine?
Please remember, while vaccination will happen as fast as possible, vaccinating everyone will take time. Your opportunity is coming!
The rate at which Coloradans will be vaccinated depends on the federal supply of the vaccine. As Broomfield receives more supply, you will be informed along the way. Please check the Vaccine Dashboard to track Broomfield’s progress in this critical step to stop the COVID-19 pandemic.
Colorado’s distribution plan, including the phases, is based on federal guidelines and may change as health officials determine the most effective, ethical, and fair way to distribute the vaccine. Children are not included in any phase because only one of the candidate vaccines is being tested in children 12 years and older.
How is Broomfield ensuring equitable distribution of the COVID-19 vaccines?
Broomfield Public Health (BPH) has developed a plan to drive localized efforts regarding equitable approaches to vaccine distribution in the Broomfield community. The plan is rooted in community engagement principles that harness the strengths of local partners, and builds trust with the community. The plan will be routinely reviewed and adapted to be responsive to the needs and input of the community.
The primary strategies are:
- Use data to inform targeted approaches
- Activate new and existing partnerships to promote equity and address barriers to access
- Ongoing efforts to provide information and build trust through responsive approaches
These strategies will be evaluated on an ongoing basis to ensure that all of Broomfield's residents are able to access the COVID-19 vaccine.
How safe and effective is the vaccine?
Vaccines undergo a rigorous scientific process, which requires three phases of clinical trials before they can be submitted to the FDA for approval. In some instances, the FDA may issue an Emergency Use Authorization to allow an investigational vaccine to be available to the general public. Effectiveness varies when it comes to routine vaccines, such as the flu, and will likely vary with COVID-19 vaccines. For example, the overall effectiveness of the 2019-2020 flu vaccine was 45% and the protection lasts about 6 months. Comparatively, two doses of measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine is 97% effective against measles and provides lifelong protection.
If you have received the vaccine, you can report any adverse side effects through the CDC's V-safe After Vaccination Health Checker.
Which vaccines do we have in Colorado?
Colorado currently has the Pfizer, Moderna and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccines. All three vaccines are safe and effective. For a comparison of the vaccines, click here.
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How much will it cost?
Vaccine providers will not be allowed to charge individuals for the vaccine. Providers will also not be allowed to turn someone away because of their inability to pay or medical coverage status.
Most public and private insurance companies will cover any administration fees so there is no cost to get vaccinated. If this is not the case, or if someone does not have health insurance, providers may seek reimbursement through the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund.
What can I do once I'm fully vaccinated?
Fully vaccinated means at least two weeks have passed since a person received their second dose of Pfizer or Moderna or the one dose of the Janssen (Johnson &Johnson) vaccine. Fully vaccinated people may now:
- Visit indoors with other fully vaccinated people without masks or physical distancing.
- Visit with unvaccinated people from a single household who are low risk indoors without masks or physical distancing.
- Are not required to quarantine or test after exposure to a COVID-19 case.
Read the full recommendations from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
Don't wait for a vaccine to stop the spread.
Depending on the vaccine, full protection against COVID-19 could take 2-3 months after the vaccine is administered so continue to follow public health guidance now and in the months ahead.
- Wear a mask in public.
- Maintain at least 6 feet of physical distance from others not in your household. Avoid large crowds and gatherings.
- Wash your hands.
- Stay home when you are sick. Even if it's just the sniffles!