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Day Services Spirit Week and Open House

Support, Inc. is so excited to share the good news-We are reopening at full capacity!

After more than a year of hosting smaller groups in the midst of the pandemic, we are thrilled to announce that we are back to providing services to our clients for our Specialized Habilitation and Supported Community Connections at FULL CAPACITY!

We’ve been busy in the last 16 months, expanding our program both in terms of space and activities. We now occupy the entire first floor of our building at 15591 E Centretech Pkwy. (located in Aurora) and have also added lots of fun and engaging groups for all our participants!

Join us the week of July 26th for our Spirit Week Events!

SCHEDULE:

Monday July 26th: Sports Day/Olympics- 

12:15-1:00 — LIFE Club We’ll be making fruit sushi and exploring the culture of Japan where the 2021 Olympics are taking place!

1:00-2:00 Outdoor Sports — Join us for Basketball, football, and a water ballon toss! (For those who would prefer to remian inside, we’ll be making our own baseball cards with all the “stats” about what makes us special)

2:00-3:00 — Indoor miniature Golf!

Tuesday July 27th: Crazy Hair Day!-

Indulge your inner Einstein with some crazy hair!

12:00-1:00 The Crazy Hair Salon — some to us with your own crazy hair or let our stylists do’ you up good! (Adult Recess Activities will be happening outside for those who prefer that “wind-blown” look!)

1:15-2:00 — Chill Club — Explore music and its powers to chill us out when times get tough

2:15-3:00 — Mad Science Club.  Ok, Einsteins, let’s do some Science!  Today we’ll be making volcanoes and bottle rockets!

Wednesday July 28th: Wear Your Pajamas Day!-

12:15-1:00 — Moving and Grooving — Come enjoy a dance party with us!

1:15-2:00 — Cookless Cooking — Learn how to make and enjoy a breakfast treat in the afternoon!

2:15-3:00 — Table Top Toons! Get into your best Saturday morning cartoon vibes be creating your very own cartoon character in the premiere preview of our up and coming Table Top Role Playing Game Group! 

Thursday July 29th: Dress like a Pirate Day! Pirate Hats provided!-

12:00-1:00 Snacks 

12:30-1:30 — Board Games Group

1:30-2:00 — Outdoor Treasure Hunt

2:00-3:00 — Make your own treasure map!

Friday July 30th: Superhero Day!-

12:00-1:00 — Choose your superpower and draw your own superhero

1:00-2:00 — Pop Culture Club — join us to talk about the super athletic powers of Plympians!

2:00-3:00 — Make your own super cape and/or mask! 

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Welcome Back to Day Services!

As Support, Inc. Day Services has recently opened back up to full capacity, we have taken some time to reflect on the last 12-14 months and how we have operated in the midst of a pandemic. A lot has changed since March of 2020, and Day Services has gone above and beyond protecting the health and safety of the people we serve while also delivering high-quality services.

Let’s take a closer look at the evolution of these services.

To start, Support, Inc. closed it’s Day Services on March 17th, 2020 for three days. This was shortly after the NBA halted in-person games or as we like to say, “This is when things were starting to get real”. Internally, staff believed this lockdown would be short; little did we know, things were just getting started. At any rate, we closed to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to determine next steps for our employees and PRS. Support, Inc. ultimately decided to safely reopen, to prevent disruptions to people’s schedules, including HHPs, FCGs, and those that enjoyed participating in our services.

During this three-day closure, Day Services staff started making PPE kits for internal use. These kits included gloves, sanitizer and masks, protected and distributed by our receptionist whom we lovingly referred to as Lord of the PPE kits. Outbound DSPs would come in and receive their kits and get back on the road. Employees on-site had access whenever they needed it.

In the beginning, our Day Program staff disinfected things constantly. Curt and Day Program Supervisors searched stores for disinfectant. One employee found a distillery to purchase a 5-gallon bucket of sanitizer. At the time, no one knew how the illness spread. As a result, we joined the nation-wide sanitizer manhunt to wipe down surfaces as often as we could.  That’s when Miles (Day Services Supervisor) knew we were in it for the long-haul. The severity of the situation was beginning to settle in as we frantically developed safety measures to prevent the spread of the virus in our Day Program and Aurora office.

Curt had a friend making masks and made us dozens of masks for Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) and other employees. Pressure began to mount as we pushed forward to make and collect as much PPE as possible. By mid-March, the grocery stores dried up with limited food and supplies. Day Program Supervisors took it upon themselves to begin counting masks, gloves and gowns everyday, to ensure staff had the supplies they needed to operate safely in the building.  The first 2-3 months felt like an endless search for PPE, navigating a new world full of uncertainty while trying to keep staff and PRS as safe as possible.

While all of this was happening, Support, Inc. was trying to ramp up it’s Community Access Program. Our Day Services and Clinical Team learned the art of flying plane as we’re building it. Soon after things began shutting down, these two teams came together to assess immediate needs-who needs a DSP now, who needs a session online and how can we manage these needs in a safe and efficient manner. Daily meetings took place everyday for months to meet the needs of the people we serve and their families.

Our Clinical Team prioritized social and emotional needs, taking into consideration the boredom and isolation that would slowly settle in overtime. Given the evidence-based articles and research we reviewed, the team focused on preventative tactics to help our PRS manage their emotions.

Another action step we took on the front-end was securing tablets for PRS. Miles set these up with Zoom and distributed close to 50. DSPs tranposrted the tablets to consumer homes for individual therapy sessions and also for our folks to join online groups. DSP would take it there. One clinician reflects on this period as being “very creative despite the circumstances. It’s hard to be creative when you’re freaked out, but nonetheless we forged forward”.

The beginning of the pandemic is marked with Zoom and learning how to use this technology that was so new to so many people. A lot of the education we offered centered around the use of technology and how to maximize these opportunities for socialization. Soon enough, we were able to offer these group and private sessions from the comfort of your own home, without worry or fear of catching the virus. Day Services staff and Clinical Team members got creative together by sharing ideas to develop new groups online. These fun opportunities led to an influx of participation online, so we could continue the good work we do on the internet instead. Moving and Grooving was born during this period, along with a few of our other hallmark groups. In addition, Chris made a PowerPoint on germs, health and safety. Plain Language was utilized often to ensure everyone understood new protocols and procedures.

As we learned to navigate Zoom, the weather was beginning to warm up. Outside, it was easier to practice social distancing and to make games with these lessons. We also taught mask-wearing, hand-washing and other basic hygiene skills. LIFE Club began with the idea of practice around social distancing, wearing masks, etc. It is worth noting that all of our online programming was as a result of the pandemic. Nothing was online before then. The attitude went from being “This is impossible-it can’t be done online” to “Yes, this can be done and we will make it work”. Touching Stories serves as a great example of our efforts to adapt a group from in-person to online. *explain touching stories?* Ultimately, we practiced the necessary skills to stay safe during the pandemic along with preventative measures for curtailing mood instability, irritability and boredom.

The groups Support, Inc. as developed have turned out to be very successful. For instacnce, one PRS was stranded in another state for a few weeks. Thanks to Zoom, she was able to access our online programs.. Another client was traveling and reported feeling as if she stayed connected even when they were out of state. All PRS were welcome to join our groups and they enjoyed the positive benefit of staying in touch.

We received mixed reactions as PRS learned to adapt to our new reality. Some individuals still wanted services in person while others chose to interact online. Clinicians and Day Service staff related to PRS fears of catching the virus and wanting to stay as safe as possible. Luckily we can share that (spoiler alert!) in the last 14 months, there’s never been a single outbreak in our Day Program or any satellite locations at Support, Inc. Still, so much was unknown at this time, and safety remained a top priority.

In the first quarter of the pandemic, we ramped up our training program for DSPs. Support, Inc. as an agency decided early on to stay open and to not lay anyone off. Shelby drafted a training program online for new DSPs and this implemented almost as quickly as it was developed. For any trainings required in-person, we reduced these class sizes from 20 to 3. We also trained on the psychological effects of the pandemic and how to embody a DSP during the pandemic. We sensed the hesitancy of applicants to join Support, Inc. in such a tumultuous and unprecedented time. Supervisors and managers of Day Services learned how to support new employees by being transparent about their efforts to keep everyone safe.  From gathering PPE and social distancing to teaching our PRS basic hygiene skills, we offered multiple ways to stay safe despite the circumstances.

 Additional measures such as hand-outs for in-person visits proved to be useful, too. Our Associate Director of Quality Assurance developed a new form called What to Expect from a DSP Visit for clients, providers and FCGs. This document set the groundwork for expectations and boundaries. We also used a screening tool “Questions to ask before you go into a home”. Clinicians reported feeling like the company as a whole supported them with these materials. Screening cards were implemented and a supervisor created a Formstack screening tool for DSPs to use on their phones. If all symptoms were no, you’re good. If someone answered yes to one or more symptoms, the results were sent to the supervisor to be researched further.

One final cultural change we worked on was encouraging people to stay home when they didn’t feel well. An extra bank of sick time was created to support our staff, so if they went to get tested, we would pay them for this. We would mitigate the financial strain of having to take time off. From our Day Services staff to Clinical Team and beyond, everyone internally has stepped up to ask “What can I do to help operate safely”. Support, Inc. as a whole has taken the virus and this pandemic very seriously since Day One. We remain proud to report zero outbreaks at the organization and continue to work as safely and efficiently as possible.  

For more information on the fun and engaging activities we host, please visit our website at www.supportinc.com

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Clinical and Day Services COVD-19 Updates

Hi Everyone!  Our Day and Clinical Services Team wanted to send out a quick message say thank you for allowing us to continue to serve you throughout the pandemic.  Although our operational capacity has been limited, we’ve been fortunate to have been able to support many people through both our Day Services (on-site, virtually and in-home) and our Clinical services (both virtually and limited in-person).  As you may have seen, Support, Inc. has updated operating protocols, following the most recent Colorado Public Health and Colorado Medicaid regulatory and licensing guidelines.  In accordance with that, we want to let everyone know that we are thoughtfully opening up our Day Services to greater capacities and options.

First, with increased capacity, we are able to offer additional spots to anyone interested in attending our site-based services at our Aurora location.  We understand that it can be an important decision to make, and encourage you to talk with any of our team members,  or your Residential Program Coordinator to have an IDT to discuss coming back.  If you’re interested, we would love to talk through our safety protocols, infection control measures, and fun things we have planned!

Second, with the warmer weather we will be planning, announcing and offering more outdoor events.  All our events will be announced via email or our website and will have an RSVP contact.  This will allow us to approach each event and each person who would like to attend individually to ensure an optimal experience for all involved.  Group sizes will be kept relatively small and appropriate for the activity and the location to allow for social distancing.  If you’re interested in any events we have to offer, please let us know via RSVP. 

Third, for those who are interested and more comfortable with 1:1 services with a Direct Support Professional, we would love to hear from you!  There are so many options of activities that our DSPs can support to help people get out of the being cooped up inside and experience the community once again. 

Some things that we have been doing won’t change.  You’ll still see our staff wearing masks and we will continue to encourage everyone to wear a mask or face covering, even though many of our staff are fully vaccinated.  We’ll still do symptom screenings prior to in-person contact and we will continue to be mindful of social distancing as we plan out activities. 

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me, Gwen Bonilla, your RPC, or one of our staff directly. 

Curt Mower, MS, BCBA

Director of Clinical and Day Services

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COVID-19 Updates

To all Support, Inc. Staff, Providers and Families:

Over the last 4 months, we’ve been talking a lot about the COVID-19 vaccine. If you are still looking for an appointment or have questions before making the decision to get the vaccine, please reach out to us, we are here to help. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) created the attached  guide illustrating how safe activities are if you have or have not received the COVID-19 vaccine.

As more Coloradoan’s are getting the vaccine and COVID-19 transmission across the state decreases counties are now able to determine their own level of ‘openness’.  Additionally, Colorado has lifted the state wide mask mandate in many settings. We have received updated guidance from HCPF (Health Care Policy and Financing) regarding our service delivery. As we receive new guidance, we continually review our COVID-19 operating protocol to ensure it still aligns with Federal, State, licensing and County guidance. We have updated our COVID-19 Operating Protocol for all employees and contractors. This protocol outlines how we will be operating our offices, day services, and in-person visits. Please take a moment to look over these changes. Please keep in mind that our protocols will be different than what is being communicated to the general public due to restrictions by our licensing agencies and the characteristics of the population that we serve.

In many cases, it’s been a full year of relying on virtual technology for home visits and other in-person services. We are excited to start getting back to in-person visits including in-person monitoring and expanded in-person day program services. Over the next month, your Residential Program Coordinator will be reaching out to schedule a monitoring visit in your home. We’ve created a ‘what to expect during in-person visits’ document which is also attached to this email.  Also, if you and your individual in services is interested in participating more with in-person day program or other services, please discuss this with your Residential Program Coordinator or a member of the Day Services team.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to reach out to myself, your supervisor or your Residential Program Coordinator.

Thank you, Laura Viers
Associate Director of Quality Assurance Laura.Viers@supportinc.com

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Host Home Provider of the Month

Please join us in congratulating our recent Host Home Providers of the Month, Rashinda and Mike Barnes!!

The following write-up was produced by the Denver Metro One Team: The Denver Metro One Team (with an assist from Rich and DM3) is nominating Eva (AKA Rashinda) and Mike Barnes for HHP of the Month.

Eva and Mike Barnes are being nominated for the HHP of the month award. Eva and Mike have displayed professionalism, integrity, and they are great team players. The super duo of Eva and Mike are always using person-centered and trauma informed care techniques when working with individuals in their home. Eva and Mike are willing to take on difficult individuals with significant medical and behavioral needs, often at a moment’s notice. They are easy to reach and are always willing to help out with respite needs. Eva and Mike are currently a 3 bed home. SW has made exceptional progress with her mobility after an unexpected hip surgery. Eva has been diligent in facilitating PT as she recovers. KH it is new to the home, but in the short time he has been there Eva and Mike have already started working with him on finding a new day program, helping him figure out his work schedule, money management skills, and they are also encouraging KH to make healthy food choices. Their third individual has a challenging history of finding the right fit of a home for himself. He’s been in the home for over two years now.

There have been some difficulties along the way but also a lot of success and growth. Eva and Mike didn’t give up during the rough times and have put a lot of effort and energy into making things as stable as possible and have given the right amount of support to meet this individual’s needs. At this point in time, this individual and his team report that he has made personal growth and he says he likes living with his Providers and other individuals living in the home.

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COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics Hosted by Support, Inc.

Support, Inc. recently hosted it’s second vaccination clinic, and we’re proud to report on this successful accomplishment! We vaccinated 156 people for their second dose, and about 5 individuals received their first dose of the Moderna vaccine. From the set-up to the tear down, we’re so happy to share some details from the clinic. Everything ran smoothly and went off without a hitch.

First, we started by partnering with CDPHE. We worked together with medical staff on-site including RNs from the state and our very own Registered Nurse, Morgan Struck. Morgan and Laura (Associate Director of Quality Assurance) ensured we had the staff we needed to vaccinate as many people as possible, rapidly and safely. Our first clinic held on March 17th went well with no major hiccups. Thanks to this planning and preparation a month ago, we were well-equipped to lead our second clinic with the guidance of CDPHE staff.

It was a group effort to put on this vaccination clinic-before the first and second vaccination clinics, we held volunteer meetings to go over each person’s individual role in the process. We clarified questions and made sure everyone knew what they were doing. By the time the clinics rolled around, we felt well prepared and confident in leading the people we serve through the process we developed.

In addition, our Day Services staff closed the program the day before to prepare for everyone joining us the following day. Our DSPs and Day Program Supervisors were instrumental in hosting the clinic, alongside CDPHE staff. We thank everyone that volunteered their time to make this work. We mapped out our site to have a nice flow for the clinic. We also had a wait area for people to be monitored 15 minutes after their vaccination.

Our established COVID-19 Pandemic Committee thought about this vaccination process for the people we serve from multiple angles. We developed several accommodations for PRS, to make this as easy as possible for them. If someone would rather be vaccinated outside, we offered drive-up services for these individuals. We offered snack and water and juice to anyone that needed it. Support, Inc. also offered fidget spinners and other hand-held “gadgets”, if you will, to help keep folks entertained while they waited 15 minutes during their observation period.

So why did we host this clinic? We wanted the people we serve to have easy access to the vaccine. We also considered the needs of PRS and their families and providers to have a familiar setting in which to become vaccinated. Furthermore, we wanted our staff to have a place to come to, in case they needed the vaccine, as well. Ultimately, we endorse the vaccine and continue to encourage the people we serve and our entire network to get vaccinated soon!

Check out our photos from the vaccine clinic! And for further questions on the planning and the process, please email Cathy at Cathy.Kellogg@supportinc.com

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The Wide World of Sports

Support, Inc. hosted its first ever sports event and boy did we have fun! From socially distanced games to DIY baseball cards and stadium snacks, this full-day event was packed with fun activities.

To start, Day Services Supervisors asked our Direct Support Professionals to develop this event with the people we serve. We’re more likely to enjoy ourselves when we have a hand in the planning, and so we wanted our DSPs to “own” this event and have fun with it! When our staff is involved in the planning with our clients, the event is more likely to be successful and engaging for everyone involved. We thank our staff for spearheading these efforts and for being so thoughtful and creative in their brainstorming sessions.

Next, we asked our Day Program attendees what they would like to see for this event.  The Support, Inc. Client Council offers a voice to those that want to express ideas for organizational input and change. The Council came together to plan this as their first major event of the program. The Client Council offers exciting opportunities to be seen and heard and to ultimately get involved with the agency. Once ideas for the Wide World of Sports were developed, a date was set, and the event took off without a hitch.

The Wide World of Sports ran from 9:45-3:15 and included activities such as mini-golf on site and making wrestler’s masks. People were welcome to participate in person or online at their leisure. When basketball happened in person, DSPs ran a separate group online called Fairytale Factory. The group had fun going over Casey at the Bat and having their own mini party online.

In addition, our PRS had fun making their own baseball cards from scratch!! These cards were dressed up as MVPs and each person described their own positive characteristics. These cards proved to be fun and personable, unique to each individual in services. Each card offered insight into how each person sees themselves. In the days leading up to the event, PRS designed their own jerseys too. It was nice seeing everyone decked out in their best sport’s attire, whether it was home-made or Colorado sports teams. I noticed a Bronco’s jersey and Rockie’s swag, too!

Stadium snacks proved to be a fan favorite. We had a nacho bar, popcorn, and hot dogs to boot. Who says you can’t enjoy the food we’ve come to miss just because the stands are closed? Day Program attendees loved dressing up their food and getting creative with the nacho toppings. 

DSPs had a video on YouTube to share called Great Moments in Sports. What I loved about our sports event was, not everything required physical activity. You can talk about sports, watch sports on TV, make wrestlers masks and still be engaged in the topic. This versatile line-up of activities allows for everyone to participate whether you are physically capable of playing sports or not. Our Day Program has a Wii on site, so many folks were able to play Wii sports such as bowling, golf and tennis. Others chose to run the relay race in which you balance an egg on a spoon. I have to say, I don’t even like sports, and I had a great time. This day-long event led me to realize how open-ended the world of sports can truly be.

In closing, I’d say we had a great time hosting this event. From the activities hosted on site to the fun we had online, there’s something for everyone that joins our Day Program. If you’d like to learn more, please email Cathy at Cathy.Kellogg@supportinc.com We would love for you to join our in-house us in the future!!

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COVID-19 Updates

April 2, 2021

To all Support, Inc. Staff, Providers and Families:

In this communication we will cover the following:

  1. Colorado COVID-19 vaccine update and where to get a COVID-19 vaccine
  2. Support, Inc.’s COVID-19 vaccine clinic
  3. Looking ahead
  1. Colorado Vaccine Update

Beginning today, Friday April 2nd, 2021 Phase 2 of Colorado’s distribution plan opens. In this Phase, anyone over the age of 16 is eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.  Colorado expects anyone who wants the vaccine should be able to get the vaccine within the next 2 months, this may change however based on vaccine supply and the increased demand.

There are many options to schedule a vaccine appointment across the state. Click on any of the locations listed below to be directed to the sites appointment registration system.

    • Vaccine Spotter is a tool to help you find COVID-19 vaccine appointment openings at Colorado Pharmacies. The website is updated every minute. 

We are here to help you access the vaccine! Please reach out to your supervisor or Residential Program Coordinator for assistance finding a vaccine appointment.

2. Support, Inc.’s COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic

On Wednesday March 17th we hosted a first dose COVID-19 vaccine clinic at our Aurora office. With the support of CDPHE’s (Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment) Vaccine Support Team we were able to administer 165 doses of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine to our individual’s receiving services, employee and contractors.

Hosting this clinic was important to our organization. This is a big step in supporting all our employees, contractors and individuals receiving services to get access to this critical vaccine. Navigating community-based vaccine clinics can be frustrating and time consuming. Hosting this clinic allowed us a simple avenue for our constituents to access the vaccine. People with intellectual and developmental disabilities have often been overlooked in both National and State pandemic response. This population also faces challenges in accessing quality medical care in the community. By hosting this clinic, we were able to offer our constituents access to the COVID-19 vaccine at a familiar location, with support staff around they recognize and know by name and most of all we were able to administer the vaccine in a flexible and safe environment that allowed us to support each person and family’s unique needs.

If you attended the clinic, your Residential Program Coordinator or Supervisor will assist you to schedule your second dose appointment.

3. Looking Ahead

We continue to work under our current COVID-19 operating protocol including limiting in-person visits to homes, limited office use by appointment only and limited on-site day services. Everyone, regardless of vaccination status, should continue to follow all infection control practices including social distancing, washing your hands frequently and wearing a mask when in public or having contact with people who don’t live with you.  

There continues to be on-going research into the COVID-19 vaccine. We know the vaccine is highly effective at protecting the recipient from getting COVID-19 and will also protect you from getting seriously ill if you do contract the virus. We do not know yet how well the vaccine prevents you from spreading the virus to others. We are also still learning how effective the vaccines are against new variants that cause COVID-19.

As vaccination rates increase, research data is released, and we get additional guidance from the CDC (Center’s for Disease Control) and CDPHE’s (Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment) we will update our operating protocol and communicate any changes to you.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to myself, your supervisor or Residential Program Coordinator.  

Be sure to never miss our correspondences, follow us on Facebook, be sure you are on email and newsletter distribution lists and check out website for on-going updates about COVID-19 and other happenings around the organization.

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Host Home Provider of the Month

Please join us in congratulating our recent Host Home Providers of the Month, Berthy Pondaag!

The following write-up was produced by the Denver Metro Three Team: 

Denver Metro 3 (Team Hypernova) would like to nominate Berthy Pondaag and co-provider Jacqueline Lompolium for the HHP of the month award!  They have continued to provide consistent and exemplary care to two of our most vulnerable individuals.  Their patience while the team worked on methods to ensure the health and safety of one of their individuals to provide them with the least restrictive, most inclusive environment is admirable.

Time and time again, they’ve shown their ability to go above and beyond to ensure documentation is completed accurately and in a timely manner, come up with solutions to ensure goals are being worked on and that the services being provided are carried out in the proper setting.  Berthy and Jacqueline have worked hard to make sure their individuals live their best lives while still following all protocols and doctor’s orders. The last few months have not been easy but one thing is for certain, their quality of care for their individuals has never wavered. We want to thank you both for the work you do and let you know we appreciate you!  

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COVID-19 Communication

The following information has been produced by our Associate Director of Quality Assurance, Laura Viers, on March 4th, 2021. For additional questions and information, please email Laura at Laura.Viers@supportinc.com

To all Support, Inc. Staff, Providers and Families:

In this communication we will cover the following:

  1. National COVID-19 vaccine update.
  2. Comparison of the three COVID-19 vaccines
  3. Colorado’s updated COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan and what this means for persons receiving services.

1. National updates:

On Saturday February 27th, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted Emergency Use Authorization to Johnson & Johnson to use their Janssen Bio tec. COVID-19 vaccine. Comparison of the three COVID-19 vaccines:

2. Comparison of the three COVID-19 vaccines:

When getting your vaccine, you will likely not have a choice in which vaccine you get. Manufacturer availability depends on the vaccine each clinic gets on a weekly basis.  For vaccine’s requiring a second dose, you must get the same brand for your first and second dose. There are now 3 COVID-19 vaccine’s below is a comparison of the three vaccines.


Pfizer
Janssen Moderna
Side effects:
Pain at the injection site
Injection site redness
Injection site swelling
Tiredness
Headache
Muscle pain Fever
Chills
Joint pain
Swollen lymph nodes  
Side effects:
Pain at the injection site
Injection site redness
Injection site swelling
Tiredness
Headache
Muscle aches
Fever
Nausea
Side effects:
Pain at the injection site
Injection site redness
Injection site swelling
Fatigue
Headache
Muscle pain
Fever                                 
Chills
Joint pain
Swollen lymph nodes
Nausea
Vomiting  
Who can get the Pfizer vaccine? The FDA granted emergency use authorization for individuals 16 years and older Who can get the Janssen vaccine? The FDA granted emergency use authorization for individuals 18 years and older Who can get the Moderna vaccine? The FDA granted emergency use authorization for individuals 18 years and older
Administration of the Pfizer vaccine: The Pfizer vaccine vaccination series if 2 doses given 21 days apart. * You must get both doses of the vaccine * Administration of the Janssen vaccine: The Janssen vaccine is given as a single dose. Administration of the Moderna vaccine: The Moderna vaccine vaccination series is 2 doses given 28 days apart. * You must get both doses of the vaccine *
Storage of the vaccine: The Pfizer vaccine must be stored at ultra-cold temperatures of -76° F and -112° F Storage of the vaccine: The Janssen vaccine must be stored between 36° F and 46° F. Storage of the vaccine: The Moderna vaccine may be stored in a fridge or freezer. The vaccine may be stored in a freezer between -5°F and -13°F or under refrigeration at 46°F to 36°F for up to 30 days. 
How effective is the Pfizer vaccine? During the clinical study, Pfizer’s vaccine was found to be 95% effective at preventing COVID-19 disease. How effective is the Janssen vaccine? During the clinical study, Janssen’s vaccine was found to be 77% effective at preventing severe/critical COVID-19 disease at least 14 days after vaccination and was 85% effective at preventing severe/critical COVID-19 at least 28 days after vaccination. How effective is the Moderna vaccine? During the clinical study, Moderna’s vaccine was found to be 94.1% effective at preventing COVID-19 disease

3. Colorado’s updated COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan and what this means for persons receiving services:

In the coming weeks, Phase 1B.3 and Phase 1B.4 of Colorado’s distribution plan will open. Phase 1B.3 will open additional eligibility for some individual’s in services. Phase 1B.4 will open eligibility for all individual’s receiving services through Support, Inc.

Eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine
now
Coloradoan’s age 65 or older
Eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine Friday March 5th Coloradoan’s age 60 or older
Coloradoan’s age 16 and older with 2 or more of the following high-risk conditions:
Down Syndrome
COPD
Diabetic mellitus (type 1 and type 2)
Individuals with disabilities who require direct care in their home.
People with disabilities that prevent them from wearing a mask
Cancer (those currently receiving treatment or have received treatment in the last month)
Chronic kidney disease
Specific heart conditions (heart failure, cardiomyopathies, coronary heart disease, severe valvular/congenital heart disease)
Obesity (BMI equal to or greater than 30kg/m^2)
Pregnancy
Sickle cell disease
Solid organ transplant  
Eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine Around March 21st (official date TBD)                   Coloradoan’s age 50 and older
Coloradoan’s age 16 and older with 1 of the following high-risk conditions:
Down Syndrome
COPD
Diabetic mellitus (type 1 and type 2)
Individuals with disabilities who require direct care in their home.
People with disabilities that prevent them from wearing a mask
Cancer (those currently receiving treatment or have received treatment in the last month)
Chronic kidney disease
Specific heart conditions (heart failure, cardiomyopathies, coronary heart disease, severe valvular/congenital heart disease)
Obesity (BMI equal to or greater than 30kg/m^2)
Pregnancy
Sickle cell disease
Solid organ transplant  

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