CU Anschutz has secured its own limited supply of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. The university has begun scheduling vaccination appointments at the on-campus point of distribution for CU Anschutz employees and students not previously invited to schedule an appointment through our campus hospital partners. Appointments are first come, first served.
At this time, all CU Anschutz faculty, staff, and current students have been invited by email to schedule COVID-19 vaccine appointments. Depending on the phase in which you became eligible, you should have received an invitation to schedule through UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital, Children's Hospital Colorado, or the university itself. If you are a CU Anschutz employee or student in need of a vaccine appointment and have not received an email invitation, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
Campus safety protocols remain in place for everyone, including those who are fully vaccinated.
COVIDCheck Colorado has generously extended no-cost COVID-19 testing to the CU Anschutz community (CU Anschutz employees and students—including all ColoradoSPH students—as well as their household members).
Starting April 1, free testing is available through COVIDCheck Colorado at their Aurora Public Schools Professional Learning and Conference Center location. Both symptomatic and asymptomatic testing are offered at this site. On-campus testing sites operated by CU Anschutz Environmental Health & Safety and COVIDCheck Colorado are closed at this time.
To schedule a test, use your CU Anschutz employee/student ID and university email address to register yourself, and use passcode F3E5D8BDE to register household members and minors 2+ years old.
ColoradoSPH instruction will continue to be remote for the 2021 summer semester at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus and at the University of Northern Colorado. Plans for Colorado State University will continue as normal with both online and hybrid (in-person) course options.
If you need to use the library at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus, please remember that campus safety and screening protocols remain the same for the foreseeable future for everyone, so please complete the screening process online before coming to campus.
As of March 1, 2021, the check-in process on the CU Anschutz Medical Campus has changed and a new training, “CU: COVID-19 Return to Campus-CU Anschutz (2021 update),” is required. Students, faculty, and staff will now be able to check in more quickly and easily. In addition, all must take an updated COVID-19 training this month. Safety protocols, including masks and physical distancing, remain in place.
Coloradans age 50 and older, individuals ages 16 to 49 with one high-risk condition, and frontline essential workers in areas including public health, human services, journalism, transportation and food service, became eligible in Phase 1B.4 on March 19. Those eligible in previously opened Phases 1A, 1B.1, 1B.2 and 1B.3 remain eligible.
We continue to work closely with CDPHE, Tri-County Health Department and our hospital partners to ensure employees and students are in the appropriate phases as the state receives vaccine doses and distributes them to vaccine points of distribution around Colorado. The university does not have its own doses at this time.
As you become eligible for vaccination per the state’s plan, you may be contacted by the university or one of our hospital partners via email. You are encouraged to get the vaccine at your first opportunity to do so, whether through one of our hospital partners or another provider.
Free COVID-19 symptomatic and asymptomatic testing is available for CU Anschutz employees, students*, and household members through March 31, 2021. If you believe you have been exposed, it is best to be tested on day 5, 6, or 7 after exposure (the ideal testing day is day 7). If you develop COVID-like symptoms, get tested as soon as possible.
Testing is available on campus on Mondays (a.m.) and Thursdays (a.m. and p.m. hours available). NOTE: The campus is closed for President's Day on February 15 and testing will not be available.
Please take advantage of this free benefit and help keep yourself and our community healthy and safe.
For those who are asymptomatic or symptomatic and/or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive, you can register for testing either on campus** or through a drive-up location in Aurora. You will receive your results within 24-72 hours, either through an email or text message providing a log-in, or through My Health Connection (UCHealth).
*All ColoradoSPH students are eligible to participate.
**If you register for on-campus testing, all members of your party must have first completed their own daily health questionnaire and entered through a campus check-in location (selected via the questionnaire) for a wristband before making your way to Ed 1 at your appointed time. Fulginiti is closest to the testing site, but any campus check-in location is acceptable. If you plan to go to your office while on campus, you also need to email Christine Gillen for approval. If you are symptomatic, you absolutely cannot enter office space, and should be tested and immediately return to your home.
New CDPHE guidelines stipulate that for those who have received both doses of the current COVID-19 vaccine (Moderna or Pfizer) AND for whom 14 or more days have passed since they received their second dose, quarantine after exposure to a known positive COVID-19 case may no longer be necessary.
At CU Anschutz, a process is in place to determine whether and for how long those exposed may need to quarantine. In all cases, even for those who have been vaccinated, if you are feeling sick, symptomatic, have been exposed, or test positive, please self-report your status. The Contact Tracing team will follow up with individualized guidance and support.
The COVID Climate Survey that was completed by faculty and staff on the CU Anschutz campus this summer indicates that many people in our community are distressed but may be unwilling to seek support due to concerns about privacy. Two new resources are available to help navigate this stressful time.
First, the Department of Psychiatry has created a completely anonymous self-assessment tool called CUWellbeing to help anyone determine their own level of distress and to provide specific guidance to resources based on your responses. The site contains modules that can be completed in 10 minutes.
Additionally, the CU Anschutz Human Resources office has launched new confidential resources to support faculty and staff during this time. You@CUAnschutz is now available on the You@CU website to support the unique health and wellbeing needs of our campus faculty and staff:
The program offers resources for work-life balance, stress management, relationships, and more.
It also provides resources and information to support faculty and staff in working with students.
When you log in to You@CU as a faculty or staff member, you can customize your experience and content for your profile. Log in and start exploring!
A recent story in the Denver Post indicated that Colorado's vaccination data shows another layer of racial inequity. On January 14, a virtual town hall, hosted by the CU Anschutz Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Community Engagement, gathered leaders from under-represented communities to discuss the reasons behind vaccine hesitancy in Black and brown communities, and ways that healthcare and public health providers can help address it.
Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Cerise Hunt, PhD, moderated a panel discussion as part of the town hall that included many local experts including Fernando Holguin, MD, director of the ColoradoSPH Latino Research & Policy Center, and Jerreed Ivanich, PhD, who joined us last fall as an assistant professor in the Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health.
As you work remotely, you may need to pick up additional equipment and items from your offices on campus. ColoradoSPH employees should communicate with their supervisors about the university-owned items they wish to take home (tracking of these items is necessary). Employees can go to their offices to pick up items after receiving approval and going through the steps below.
We receive reports of anyone using a badge to access a building on campus and who is not approved. Anyone who needs to be on campus must adhere to the return to campus processes established by leadership at the CU Anschutz campus.