COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Clear Creek County Public Health offers free, weekly walk-in community vaccination clinics. See below for details and additional vaccine information.

ANSWERS TO COVID-19 BOOSTER & VACCINE FAQs - 10/21/21

ARE BOOSTER SHOTS NOW RECOMMENDED?

The Pfizer/BioNTech (Pfizer) booster has been approved for people who are:

  • over the age of 65
  • 18 or older who are at high risk of severe COVID-19 
  • in jobs with high risk of infection including health care workers, teachers, day care workers and grocery store employees

The Pfizer booster is recommended at least 6 months after the second dose of Pfizer. 

The Pfizer booster received Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on September 22, 2021 and recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on September 23, 2021. 

Moderna has submitted data for their booster to the FDA for review.  Johnson & Johnson has not yet submitted booster data to the FDA. 

ARE ADDITIONAL DOSES OF THE COVID-19 VACCINE NOW RECOMMENDED?

The CDC recommends a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine for moderate to severe immunocompromised individuals who meet the eligibility criteria and have completed the two-shot series of Pfizer or Moderna.

This third dose is not considered a booster -- it is an additional dosage needed to raise the level of immunity in immunocompromised systems to full capacity.  The third vaccine dose is recommended at least 28 days after the second dose, and preferably the same brand as the first two doses.

HOW DO WE GET BOOSTER SHOTS AND ADDITIONAL DOSES?

If you meet the eligibility requirements and received your second shot of the Pfizer brand at least 6 months ago, you can get the Pfizer booster wherever Pfizer is administered.  

If you meet the eligibility requirements and received your second vaccine shot at least 6 months ago, you can get the Pfizer or Moderna additional dose wherever these two brands are administered. 

Clear Creek County Public Health does not currently offer the Pfizer vaccine, boosters or additional doses; we do not have a freezer to store the Pfizer vaccine at the extremely cold temperature necessary to keep the vaccine viable.  Clear Creek Public Health currently offers the first and second doses of Moderna and the single-dose of J & J vaccines only. 

Safeway in Idaho Springs does administer Pfizer.  For more information on other COVID-19 Vaccinations in Clear Creek County,  vaccine clinic locations outside of the County, please scroll down this page to the COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH VACCINATION CLINICS section and/or proceed to the COVID-19 Vaccine Information Page.

WHAT BRANDS OF THE VACCINE ARE APPROVED AND FOR WHAT AGES?

PFIZER:  The Pfizer vaccine received full FDA approval and continues to be administered to those aged 16 and above.  Pfizer is available for those aged 12 to 15 under FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA).

MODERNA AND JOHNSON & JOHNSON (J & J):  These two vaccine brands continue to be administered to those aged 18 and older under the FDA’s EUA.  Moderna‘s full FDA approval is expected in the coming month.  J & J has not yet submitted for full FDA approval.

Clinical trials are still underway to determine vaccination doses and approval for those under the age of 12.  To assure product safety and effectiveness, the FDA regulatory and approval process includes extensive clinical trials, thorough reviews of data, and facility inspections to assure consistent production. 

All federally authorized and recommended COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective, and help protect from severe illness.  For more information on vaccine development: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/distributing/steps-ensure-safety.html

CLEAR CREEK PUBLIC HEALTH VACCINATION CLINICS

Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines available at no cost for those age 18+

WHEN? WEDNESDAYS | 10am to 2pm | Walk-In - no appointments needed 

WHERE? Idaho Springs | NEW LOCATION - Clear Creek Health & Wellness Center at 1969 Miner Street - 2nd Floor

NOTE: Services previously offered at the CLEAR CREEK RESOURCE CENTER will  now be based out of the Health & Wellness Center.

To reduce wait time at vaccine clinics:

  • Pre-register at: https://www.comassvax.org/clinic/search – enter CLEAR CREEK COUNTY in the LOCATION box and then click the SEARCH button. Find the clinic you're interested in and self-register. 

OTHER LOCAL VACCINATION OPTIONS:

Idaho Springs & Evergreen Safeway Pharmacy

Pfizer vaccine available; drop-in or self-schedule appointments at: https://www.mhealthappointments.com/covidappt

Evergreen Walmart Pharmacy | 952 Swede Gulch Road

Self-schedule an appointment at: https://www.walmart.com/cp/immunizations-flu-shots/1228302

Evergreen Walgreens Pharmacy | 3510 Evergreen Parkway

Pfiizer vaccine available. Self-schedule an appointment at: https://www.walgreens.com/findcare/vaccination/covid-19/location-screening

Evergreen Fire & Rescue | 1802 Bergen Parkway 

  • Appointment is required - call: (303) 239-7000, Option 1, to be scheduled.
  • DO NOT call EFR for an appointment.

OTHER STATEWIDE VACCINATION OPTIONS:

To find other vaccination clinics in Colorado, visit:  https://covid19.colorado.gov/for-coloradans/vaccine/where-can-i-get-vaccinated

QUESTIONS?

If you have any questions and/or have transportation or mobility issues that are keeping you from getting vaccinated, please call our PUBLIC HEALTH COVID INFO MESSAGE LINE at 303-670-7528 for assistance and a member of our Public Health team will respond as quickly as possible.

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WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING TO THE VACCINATION CLINIC?
  • We do not need you to provide any form of ID or insurance information.
  • Please arrive wearing a mask to keep our staff safe.

I GOT VACCINATED, AM I GOOD TO GO?

  • Getting vaccinated helps strengthen your body’s ability to fight against the virus.  It does not guarantee that you won’t get infected with COVID-19. 
  • You can catch COVID in between doses and even after being fully vaccinated (breakthrough cases).  
  • If you contract the virus after getting vaccinated, your symptoms will most likely be less severe than if you were not vaccinated. 
  • It takes two weeks after receiving your second dose (or the single dose of  J&J) for your immune system to reach peak efficacy.
  • If you've had COVID-19, you can catch it again.  Getting the vaccine is recommended.
  • EVEN AFTER YOU'RE VACCINATED, PLEASE CONTINUE TO FOLLOW PUBLIC HEALTH GUIDANCE.

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