About the COVID-19 Vaccine
We hope that a large number of our team will choose to take the vaccine in order to provide maximum protection for our staff and student communities. We have compiled resources on this page to help you make an informed decision on whether or not to participate in vaccination, and we encourage you to speak with your personal health care provider if you have additional questions or concerns about the vaccine. As a reminder, DPS is not requiring you to take the vaccine, because we know this is an individual and personal choice for all staff members.
How the Vaccine Was Developed and How it Works
On Dec. 11, Children’s Colorado shared the following informational video with employees, physicians and other contracted workers who work within their facilities as they learned they’d be eligible to receive the vaccine. Watch Sean O’Leary, MD, MPH, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at Children’s Colorado and advisor to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), discuss how the vaccine was developed, how it works, and other details for individuals to know when considering vaccination.
COVID-19 Vaccine Facts
Getting vaccinated protects you and may protect people around you, particularly those who are at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
You may have symptoms like a fever or body aches after you get a vaccine. This is normal and a sign that your immune system is learning how to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19.
The COVID-19 vaccines do not contain live virus and cannot make you sick with COVID-19.
The COVID-19 mRNA vaccines cannot change your DNA. The vaccines give your body the information needed to make only one spike protein found in the virus. After making this protein, your body recognizes this spike protein as foreign and makes antibodies against it. Your body cannot create the actual virus from one spike protein — the virus has over 20 proteins and the vaccine only teaches your body how to make one.
Children's Hospital Colorado
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Facts about COVID-19 Vaccine
- FAQs About the COVID-19 Vaccine
- How to find credible COVID-19 information
Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment