Boulder Community Health (BCH) has started the new year with some impressive
data regarding COVID vaccinations. To date, we have vaccinated almost
75% of BCH employees and medical staff. As of Jan. 5, 2021, our vaccine
clinic has administered just over 2,700 COVID vaccinations to BCH health
care workers; affiliated health care workers who see patients at BCH facilities;
and first responders from the Boulder police and fire departments, Boulder-based
AMR employees and the University of Colorado Police Department.
Vaccines for Patients 70 and Older
Last week, Gov. Jared Polis approved providing the COVID-19 vaccine to
state residents age 70 and older. BCH has already started vaccinating
our most at-risk patients in this age group, i.e. patients who have a
serious chronic medical condition such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes,
chronic kidney disease or liver disease.
With our current vaccine supply, we can only vaccinate a limited number
of 70 and older patients each week. Currently, we are vaccinating approximately
500 individuals per day with plans to expand based on vaccine supply.
Patients are notified through the MyBCH patient portal as soon as they
are eligible to schedule their vaccine appointment. We are contacting
all BCH patients in this age category to request that they proactively
create a MyBCH account to facilitate this process. For this specific patient
population, patients who do not schedule within 72 hours of receiving
their notification and patients who do not set up a MyBCH account will
receive a call to assist with appointment scheduling. Additional information
on COVID vaccination specifically for people age 70 and over is available
Second Doses Have Begun
On Jan. 4, 2021, BCH began providing second doses of vaccine to employees
and medical staff vaccinated in December. We continue to receive additional
vaccine shipments weekly, and our vaccination clinic team has been working
around the clock to make sure we get the maximum benefit from those shipments.
In fact, our dedicated Pharmacy team has expanded our vaccine supply by
an additional 15% through carefully extracting the full number of available
vaccine doses per vial – six doses for Pfizer and 11 doses for Moderna.
Additional vaccination updates, along with a FAQ related to Gov. Jared
Polis’ recent announcement that Colorado citizens age 70 and older
are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, is available