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  • Center for Health Progress has created a resource list with important information for people without insurance. This list outlines many of the safety net health care clinics in Colorado, as well as information to access information, referrals, and testing. VISIT HERE
  • The Colorado Division of Insurance continues to develop policies, information and resources for insurance consumers and the insurance industry in response to COVID-19. Learn more here.
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Update on COVID-19 vaccine from UCHealth

 

UUA Guidance on Gathering In-Person When COVID-19 Subsides

The UUA continues to carefully monitor developments with testing and vaccinations. Last May, we recommended congregations plan for virtual operations until at least May 2021. By now, we recognize this timeline will likely be longer. As the Biden administration develops a coordinated federal response, we expect it will be March before we have a reasonable sense of the vaccine horizon and timeline for when we might reach herd immunity. In the meantime, our current UUA Guidance on Gathering offers recommendations for specific metrics to monitor in your own community as you consider decisions about gathering when the pandemic subsides.
The full link to the UUA press release can be viewed here.

"VACCINATIONS!"

This seems to be the biggest topic of conversation these days. Here are some links to keep you informed:
First, this was an interesting article, reflecting on the difficulty some are experiencing getting the vaccine:
To receive Vaccination/Vaccine updates from Tri-County Health Department, you may sign up for emails to come to you (with just your name and email address):
Tri-County Health Department's direct link to information on COVID-19 Vaccine:
Finally, to get help in finding an appointment location and date for receiving the vaccine, you may reach out to the CO Department of Public Health:  https://covid19.colorado.gov/vaccine
or, by CALLING*
1-877-CO VAX CO (1-877-268-2926)
Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Answers available in multiple languages
*I (Calisse) called this number on Monday, 2/1, just to check out the wait time, etc. It said that the current wait time was "216 minutes." They give you the option of waiting on the line--I think--OR, having your number called back, when you are next in the queue. I chose to be called back. I received my call back at 8:50pm (which I didn't answer). So, my suggestion, if calling, would be to make sure that you call early enough in the day, to get a call-back at a reasonable time. However, more staff is supposedly being hired to help with this response. Also, be watching for additional support with this same effort more locally, by Tri-County Health Dept. They should be launching a call center similar to the state-run one listed above, and this should help make response time much quicker. I'll keep you posted! Ok. . . let's GO GET POKED!
  • We are adding more staff to our COVID-19 call center next week to help with answering vaccine questions and to assist people with signing up for vaccine waitlists. Our COVID-19 call center number will remain 303-220-9200.
Yours (from at least 6 feet away),

Calisse's COVID Corner:

As some of you may know, this past summer, I was hired to work for the Tri-County Health Department, on the COVID-19 Investigation Task Force (thank you, Janet, for the reference!). Since then, I have learned a lot about giving guidance around staying isolated or quarantined if someone has come in contact with COVID-19. More recently, I serve on the Community Services team and help people who struggle to keep their Isolation/Quarantine as they face the challenge of needing to obtain food, pay their bills, stay out of the crisis, etc.
When Vivian asked me to take on this role as Safety, I was excited to help keep our congregation informed on pertinent topics around the pandemic, such as vaccine availability, the roll-out phases, and what to expect around getting vaccinated (Tri-County Health Department highly recommends that you do this, just like getting the influenza vaccine).
I will also stay in the loop of what the UUA is recommending around timing on gatherings, such as small groups, guidance around doing this, as the vaccine is disseminated throughout 2021.
Please reach out to me, let me know your thoughts or questions, or interest in helping be a fact-gatherer, as I know I'm not the only one wanting our congregation to stay healthy, and happy!
Yours (from at least 6 feet away),

COVID19 Vaccination Schedule

When can I get vaccinated, click here.

Effective coronavirus vaccines are here

Although the work of vaccines specific for the covid-19 began about 10 months ago, the development of the new vaccine technology has occurred carefully over the last 20 years.
The first two vaccines available are based on messenger RNA technology, which accelerates the development of immunity. There is no risk of viral infection from the vaccines. These novel vaccines, created by Pfizer/Biontech and by Moderna, have been approved by emergency use authorization. Both require 2 injections and offer close to complete protection against severe infection. Side effects, most commonly soreness around the injection site, have not been severe. Significant acute allergic reactions are quite rare.
A successful national vaccination campaign is now dependent on vaccine quantity and the logistics of distribution and local immunization programs. In Colorado groups at greatest risk of severe infection are being targeted first: medical care providers, residents and workers in long term care facilities, first responders, and essential workers, including teachers.
People over age 70 are also now eligible. The previous public health measures, such as masks and distancing, will still be needed for many months. Widespread participation in the vaccination campaign is critical if we are to protect ourselves, our families, and our communities against severe infection and to allow our society and economy to recover from the devastating impacts of this pandemic.
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Quick Videos on Racial Disparities and COVID-19

Racial Health Disparities are not new to the U.S. health care system. But now more than ever, you can have a direct and lifesaving impact on the recognition, care and treatment, and recovery from COVID-19 in vulnerable populations. The highly acclaimed and important ANA COVID-19 webinar, “How You Can Have a Direct Impact on Reducing The Devastating Racial Disparities of COVID-19,” is now also available as easy to access and view 5 to 15 minute videos. The full 56-minute webinar provides clarity on the stark challenges faced by Black and Native American people during the pandemic. After viewing this on-demand webinar, you will have very specific actions you can take immediately to save more lives. If you do not have 56-minutes to watch the full webinar, ANA also offers the option to view Quick Videos on specific topics related to racial disparities and COVID-19 as your time allows.

Control of COVID-19 Is on the Horizon

Since there are no uniformly effective therapies for coronovirus infection, we must rely on strategies that prevent infection. Public health measures, such as mask-wearing, physical distancing, and isolation, although effective, are difficult to enforce and have not been adequately adhered to by the public. They have proven inadequate to stop the pandemic in the U.S. It now appears that control of the pandemic will require both the public health measures and mass immunization. The currently emerging vaccines, many of which are based on messenger RNA technology, seem to be highly effective and remarkably safe. As these vaccines become available, we should all embrace these remarkable advances in medical science and protect ourselves, our families, and our communities by participating as soon as possible in the national immunization campaign. Only when the momentum of COVID-19 has been broken will our lives and economy begin to resemble their pre-pandemic states.
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Click here to learn more: Quick Videos on The State of COVID-19 Vaccine Development: What You Need to Know 

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