Pfizer Booster Vaccinations Now Approved for Eligible Staff

  • We are excited to announce that the FDA recently approved Pfizer COVID-19 booster vaccinations for certain eligible groups. At this time, ONLY those individuals who received the Pfizer vaccine are eligible for booster vaccinations. We expect that the Moderna and/or Johnson & Johnson vaccines will be approved for booster vaccinations in the coming months, and will keep you informed as more information becomes available.

    To be eligible for the Pfizer booster, you must have received the Pfizer vaccine for your first two doses, and meet at least one of the following criteria:
    • 65 years of age or older.
    • At greater risk of developing severe illness.
    • At greater risk of occupational exposure, such as teachers and education support staff.

    Booster vaccinations should be scheduled at least six months after your second dose.

    Our health partners assure us that vaccines are widely available across the city through community clinics, neighborhood pharmacies and state-sponsored locations. This will make it easier to access a booster at the location and time most convenient for you. With this in mind, DPS will not be hosting mass vaccination events for boosters. 

    Vaccination continues to be the most effective way to combat COVID-19 in our schools and communities. If you are interested in receiving a booster vaccination, we recommend that you consult your healthcare provider or visit one of the many vaccine providers in Metro Denver. 

  • Will the district be hosting mass vaccination clinics for boosters like they did for the first and second doses?

    No, due to the increased availability of vaccines citywide, we will not be hosting mass vaccination clinics for booster shots. Please contact your healthcare provider, or visit vaccines.gov for a searchable list of vaccine providers in your area. 

  • Can I use time off during the work day to get my booster vaccination?

    Staff are encouraged to get their booster vaccination before or after work hours, due to staffing shortages and our limited substitute teacher pool.

  • What happens if I need to miss work due to post-vaccination symptoms?

    If you need time off due to vaccine-related symptoms, you have immediate access to the sick leave bank. If you have already used up all of the time in your sick leave bank, you should utilize sick, personal or other types of leave available. Please contact your supervisor if you have additional questions.

  • Is a booster required to be considered fully vaccinated under Denver’s Public Health Order?

    The City and County of Denver issued a public health order requiring school personnel to be fully vaccinated by Sept. 30, 2021. According to the Denver Department of Public Health and Environment (DDPHE), booster vaccinations are not required in order to meet this vaccine mandate. Employees are required to receive two doses of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine to be considered ‘fully vaccinated.’

  • Is the third shot essentially the same (dosage/formula) as the first two?

    Yes, when used as a "booster," the third shot is the same dosage and formula as shot one and two.

  • If the booster is the same, and widely available, why did the CDC have to approve it?

    The CDC had to approve an additional dose of the vaccine for both safety and efficacy. The series was originally based on two doses.

  • How will booster providers verify a person’s eligibility for the booster?

    Providers will either ask to see an individual's vaccine card or will be able to verify that a person has already had the two previous doses by checking the Colorado Immunization Information System (CIIS).