Colorado health officials back off plan to weaken coronavirus vaccine mandate for hospitals
The head of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment said the state would instead wait until a forthcoming federal mandate is finalized
Pfizer asks FDA to allow COVID shots for kids ages 5 to 11
While kids are at lower risk of severe illness or death than older people, COVID-19 does sometimes kill children and cases in youngsters have skyrocketed as the extra-contagious delta variant has swept through the country
Colorado officials may weaken coronavirus vaccine mandate for health care workers
The proposal would require only 90% compliance for hospitals and nursing homes and would give more latitude to religious exemptions
At least 92% of Denver city workers are vaccinated after mayor enacts mandate
Employees were required to either prove they were vaccinated or obtain an exemption to the mandate by the end of Thursday or face possible termination.
Nicolais: Rationing health care should be a scary side effect for the unvaccinated
Other states have recently adopted official crisis of care standards that provide health care providers more flexibility to choose who receives care and who does not
A Colorado town is about as vaccinated as it can get. But it still has COVID.
Shots alone aren’t enough to prevent spread because of porous geographic boundaries and waning vaccine effectiveness against the highly contagious delta variant
Pediatrician, medical student sue University of Colorado over denial of COVID vaccine religious exemption
The federal lawsuit filed by the Thomas More Society is the latest clash over a growing number of private- and public-sector vaccine mandates nationwide
Colorado schools that require masks have lower coronavirus case rates, state says
Data also show a correlation between higher vaccination rates for kids and lower rates of COVID-19
Johnson & Johnson says a booster dose of its COVID shot prompts strong response
While the single-dose vaccine remains strongly effective, “a booster shot further increases protection against COVID-19 and is expected to extend the duration of protection significantly,” J&J's chief scientific officer said in a statement
FDA advisory panel backs COVID-19 booster shots only for seniors, high-risk
Jared Polis blasts FDA delay on coronavirus vaccine booster approval: “They have blood on their hands”
Polis also urged federal regulators to quickly approve coronavirus vaccines for younger children
Security workers called in to protect Jefferson County mobile coronavirus vaccine clinics
Attackers used a car to knock down signs advertising free shots. Another time someone threw live fireworks into a tent.
Colorado has fewer intensive care beds available now than at any other point in the pandemic
81% of people now hospitalized with COVID-19 in Colorado are unvaccinated or only partially vaccinated against the disease. About 85% of recent COVID deaths in Colorado are also among that group.
“The epitome of selfishness”: Jefferson County COVID vaccine workers harassed over Labor Day weekend
Jefferson County Public Health executive director Dawn Comstock said medical staff working at a mobile vaccine clinic in neighboring Gilpin County were yelled at and threatened
Colorado wants more family doctors to be able to administer coronavirus vaccines
Gov. Jared Polis announced a new $60 million grant program that could enroll hundreds more primary care providers in the vaccination effort
Colorado is betting big on vaccine influencers. It’s unclear if people will “like” their message.
This is a new frontier in public health messaging, testing the argument that the most persuasive voice is the one that’s most trusted in a community.
State board requires COVID vaccines for staff at Colorado hospitals and other health care facilities
The rule requires health care workers at thousands of facilities to get their first dose of vaccine no later than Sept. 30, though state regulators indicated they will be lenient about the deadline
Nicolais: I worked with COVIDCheck Colorado for 6 months — and will always celebrate all we accomplished
Even as COVID-19 spreads, we can recognize the extraordinary work by governments, private groups and individuals to deliver vaccines to Coloradans
For Colorado health workers, the latest COVID surge is a special kind of exhausting
“We started to see an end to the tunnel,” said Josi Hamill, a nurse ICU manager. “Everyone was getting really excited. We were down to one to two COVID patients in our unit.”