COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs

COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs

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COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ’s

For background information and data on vaccine safety, please see the the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Ensuring the Safety of COVID-19 Vaccines in the United States.

All of the COVID-19 vaccines being used have gone through rigorous studies to ensure they are as safe as possible.  Systems that allow CDC to watch for safety issues are in place across the entire country.  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Emergency Use Authorizations for COVID-19 vaccines that have been shown to meet rigorous safety criteria and be effective as determined by data from the manufactures and findings from large clinical trials.  Watch a video describing the emergency use authorization. Clinical trials for all vaccines must first show they meet rigorous criteria for safety and effectiveness before any vaccine, including COVID-19 vaccines, can be authorized or approved for use. The known and potential benefits of a COVID-19 vaccine must outweigh the known and potential risks of the vaccine.

Additional FAQs about the vaccine can be found on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website.

The State of Colorado’s county public health departments, in conjunction with the Governor’s Office, have established a COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan using federal guidance. There are several major distribution phases (1A, 1B, 1C, 2 and 3). Each phase includes groups of people who are eligible to receive vaccine during the indicated phase. The State’s distribution plan can be found at Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment by scrolling to “Covid-19 vaccine distribution table.” 

At this time, only Auraria campus constituents are permitted to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at the Auraria distribution site, with one exception. Due to the Auraria partnership with COVID Check Colorado (CCC), CCC may announce in the future that community members in State specified categories (i.e., pre K-12 teachers) can access vaccine at the Auraria site. In this case, if a family member of an Auraria constituent is included in the specified category, they would be permitted to receive vaccine at the Auraria location.

The groups within each phase are defined by those at highest risk, based on profession, age and medical condition(s). The general public, including anyone ages 16-59 without high-risk health conditions, fall into Phase 3.

For each defined category of eligible individuals, in this example age 70+, lists from each of the four Auraria institutions have been produced. When vaccine becomes available, random selection from each of the Auraria lists will occur and individuals will be sent an email invitation from COVID Check Colorado/Primary Bio, with instructions for scheduling a vaccine appointment. 


Please note that due to supply limitations not all individuals in a defined category will receive email invitations at the same time. For example, it may take several weeks for all individuals age 70+ to receive an invitation, since the number of randomly selected individuals will vary from week to week, contingent on the number of vaccine doses the Auraria site receives from the State. As we move into future phases (i.e. Phase 2 in the spring and phase 3 in the summer), we will provide additional details as they become available.

You would likely be Phase 2 for higher-risk individuals, if your condition qualifies. Qualifying conditions are outlined in the “COVID-19 vaccine distribution table” on the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment website.

Vaccines will be provided on the Auraria Campus at the Fifth Street Garage.

We expect to have access to the Moderna vaccine, which the U.S. Food and Drug Administration found nearly 95% effective in preventing serious COVID-19 disease in adults. We may receive other federally authorized vaccines in the future.

All current students, faculty, and staff affiliated with Community College of Denver, Metropolitan State University of Denver, University of Colorado Denver and Auraria Higher Education Center are eligible to receive a vaccine at the Auraria location, in whatever phase they qualify.

There is no cost for the vaccination. Those with insurance will be required to provide their insurance information upon scheduling their vaccine appointment. However, those without insurance can also receive the vaccine free of charge.

Yes. An appointment will be required. During the initial phases, eligible individuals will receive an email invitation from COVIDCheck Colorado to schedule their appointment. At some point during the vaccine rollout in the months ahead, most likely in Phase 3, individuals will be able to schedule an appointment without receiving an invitation. When this is possible, communications will be sent to Auraria constituents outlining how to schedule a vaccine appointment.

At this time, all federally authorized vaccines require a second shot, either 21 or 28 days from the date of the first shot, contingent on which manufacturer’s vaccine is administered. When individuals schedule their first shot, they will be required to also schedule their second shot.

At this time, there is no mandatory requirement. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) highly recommends that all citizens who do not have medical contraindications (a symptom or condition that makes a treatment risky) should consider receiving the vaccine. It is essential that the vast majority of citizens get vaccinated to end the pandemic.

All students have the choice to take either online courses or face-to-face classes on campus. A decision to return to campus is determined by each individual student. For further details, please check with your campus. 

Yes. All of the current campus health and safety requirements will remain in place at this time. Getting vaccinated may prevent you from contracting COVID-19 or significantly decrease your chance of developing severe COVID-19 symptoms. However, standard COVID-19 precautions must remain in place until further notice. Wearing a face covering, proper hand-washing and staying 6 feet from others must continue to be a top priority, in addition to receiving the vaccine.  

No. An individual can be vaccinated anywhere the vaccine is available to them. A vaccination card will be provided at each distribution site. Individuals should use the same distribution site for both the first and second shot.

In most instances, there will not be a choice.

At this juncture, it is important to understand that timelines between phases will vary and are not totally predictable. However, Phase 1A began in January, with Phase 1B beginning in January or February. Phase 1C is speculated to begin in March. Phase 2 is speculated to begin in June, and Phase 3 is speculated to begin in July. The actual timeline is contingent on recommendations by the CDPHE and vaccine availability.

Each distribution site is required to upload all vaccine information to the State’s immunization database. In addition, vaccine cards will be given to anyone receiving the vaccine.

The Auraria Campus vaccine distribution site will be managed and staffed by COVIDCheck Colorado. The clinical support personnel that is needed includes Medical Assistants, LPNs, EMTs, RNs and paramedics.  Those interested can contact Jamie at [email protected].  

The Health Center at Auraria has partnered with COVID Check Colorado/Primary Bio in an effort to ensure there is adequate logistical resources to meet the demand for vaccine. As part of this collaboration, Auraria constituents will be given priority scheduling at each phase of distribution. In addition, community members will also have access to the Auraria POD, according to State defined guidelines.

Schedule an appointment

Call 303-615-9999 to schedule an appointment in advance.
Please note there is a failed appointment fee of up to $50.00 for missed appointments or short notice cancellations (less than 24 hours).