Getting vaccinated and tested are two weapons we have in the fight against COVID-19
While new COVID-19 cases in Adams, Arapahoe, and Douglas counties might be leveling off, it is still important to get vaccinated and get tested to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the community. There are many locations to get vaccinated or tested, but some are closing soon.
The state has set up three community vaccine clinics that are open up through at least the end of the month.
- The drive-through site at the Aurora Municipal Center, 15151 E Alameda Pkwy, is open seven days a week, from 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. Register online for an appointment. This location will remain open after Sept. 30.
- Dick’s Sporting Goods Park is a walk-up clinic at 6000 Victory Way, Commerce City, in Parking Lot H. The site is open seven days a week through at least Oct. 3, from 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Register online for an appointment.
- The drive-through clinic at the Southwest Plaza Mall, 8501 W Bowles Ave, Littleton, seven days a week through at least Sept. 30, from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. is open (drive-thru).
To learn more, see a calendar of clinics, or to search a map for vaccine locations, visit the COVID-19 Vaccine webpage.
“We know that the COVID-19 vaccines provide the very best defense against severe illness, hospitalizations, and even worse,” says Dr. John Douglas, Tri-County Health Department executive director. “The virus will continue to spread as the weather gets cooler and we spend more time inside. Please get fully vaccinated against the disease. With the recent CDC announcement, many people are now eligible for a third booster shot if they received their second Pfizer dose more than six months ago. Please take advantage of the booster dose if it is appropriate for your health situation.”
Do I need a booster?
On Sept. 24, the CDC recommended the following groups should receive a booster shot of the Pfizer vaccine at least six months after completing their Pfizer two-dose primary series.
- People aged 65 years and older
- Residents aged 18 years and older in long-term care settings
- People aged 50–64 years with underlying medical conditions
- The CDC also recommends that the following groups may receive a booster shot of the Pfizer vaccine at least six months after completing their Pfizer two-dose primary series
- People aged 18–49 years with underlying medical conditions
- Those aged 18–64 years at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of where they work or live
As always, people can talk to their healthcare provider about whether getting a Pfizer booster shot is their best option at this time. At this time, the Pfizer-BioNTech booster authorization only applies to people whose primary series was Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. People in the recommended groups who got the Moderna or J&J/Janssen vaccine will likely need a booster shot. More data on the effectiveness and safety of Moderna and J&J/Janssen booster shots are expected soon. With those data in hand, CDC will keep the public informed with a timely plan for Moderna and J&J/Janssen booster shots.
Expanded COVID-19 Testing
Testing for COVID-19 is another important step in helping control COVID-19. Identifying who is positive for the disease helps them and their families limit the spread of the virus. There are 15 sites for free COVID-19 testing in Adams, Arapahoe and Douglas counties. Locations, testing days and times, and more information are found on the Testing Site webpage.
One of the newest testing locations is at Water World in Federal Heights, 8801 N. Pecos St., near the corner of W 90th Ave and N. Tejon Street. They are open seven days a week from 8 a.m.–7 p.m.
In addition, a new testing facility will open up on Oct. 4 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, 6000 Victory Way, Commerce City, at Field 1-Lot H.
For more information about the efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, visit www.tchd.org/COVID19.