Calisse’s COVID Corner – May 2021

Hi Prairie!
This just came to my COVID Community Services Team at Tri-County Health Dept. It is from the CDC. I wanted to share with others. To learn about what is safe/not safe to do once someone has been fully vaccinated click here.
Thank you! Stay well, stay safe, and stay smiling

High-level vaccine talking points

  • As of 5/4/2021, 657,905 individuals (53.8%) have been vaccinated with at least 1 dose in Adams, Arapahoe and Douglas counties. Of those, 458,207 (37.5%) have had all the doses needed to be fully vaccinated. Of all individuals who have had at least one dose, only 21.7% are Hispanic and 35.3% are African American or Black, emphasizing the need to continue to promote the vaccine in our communities of color.
  • The Johnson & Johnson (J&J)/Janssen vaccine is an available vaccine option in Colorado again as of April 23. Colorado has placed additional orders of J&J vaccine and will continue to do so in weekly intervals moving forward to ensure this vaccine option is available. The FDA has determined that the available data show that the J&J vaccine’s known and potential benefits outweigh its known and potential risks in individuals 18 years of age and older.
  • Finding a COVID-19 vaccination is easier than ever. TCHD is now offering vaccination by walk-in with no appointment needed. Vaccine scheduling is also more convenient with TCHD and our area vaccine providers offering evening and weekend hours. All state community vaccination sites and equity sites are also offering walk up/drive thru without appointments required.
  • The FDA is likely to authorize Pfizer vaccine for people as young as 12 years old as early as next week. TCHD is working with local pediatricians to help support their access to the vaccine in smaller quantities. (Pfizer comes in 1170 doses with time-limited storage in the freezer and fridge, so it poses logistical issues for health care provider offices.)
  • CDC estimates we need anywhere from 67 – 79% of the population vaccinated for community immunity. According to the latest Census data, that puts Colorado at about 3.8 – 4.5 million people who need to get vaccinated. Currently, 1.8 million Coloradans are fully immunized and 2.5 million are immunized with at least one dose.
  • While most high-risk Coloradans are already vaccinated, we’re starting to see a concerning rise in cases among children — especially among middle and high school students. We want to remind everyone to continue to rely on mask-wearing, physical distancing, and healthy habits like handwashing to control the spread among children and all of our communities.
  • Please continue to utilize materials from CDPHE and CDC to promote COVID-19 vaccine confidence.

Statewide mask order talking points

  • The Colorado statewide mask mandate has been updated. Masks are no longer required in indoor public spaces if 80% of people in attendance have provided proof of COVID-19 vaccination or by restaurant employees if 85% of staff are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
  • In Adams and Arapahoe counties, the TCHD face covering order applies, and does not currently include these exceptions. (Douglas County has opted-out of the TCHD order.)


Thank you! Stay well, stay safe, and stay smiling


COVID-19 and Your Mental Health

Information from the American Nurses Association from Vivian L.

This COVID-19 video education series will help you learn how to assess your mental health needs during this pandemic, understand the magnitude of challenges you are facing, and determine how to identify mental health support resources.

This video education series is

Immediately accessible.

Click below to access all COVID-19 and your mental health video content:


Topics that can be viewed as quick videos or as one of two on-demand 60-minute webinars include:

Assessing Mental Health

This 4-minute quick video examines various methods of how to assess your mental health.

Identifying Mental Health Support

This 5-minute quick video covers various symptoms of distress and how to know when and what type of help you need — and how to get it.

How Leaders Can Help

This 9-minute quick video examines several mindful communications to support colleagues in times of need and the role of nurse leaders in helping their staff maintain mental well-being.

Is this normal?

This 5-minute quick video examines what we are experiencing in response to the pandemic and the four domains impacted by distress

The Magnitude of the Problem

This 7-minute quick video examines the magnitude of nurses’ distress related to caring for COVID-19 patients and its implications.

Pros and Cons of Stress

This 4-minute quick video covers some of the research on stress, the pros and cons of this common reaction to events in our lives, and how to make it a positive.


Made possible by the generosity of the American Nurses Foundation.