Denver Employees Reach Nearly 99% Vaccine Compliance

Published on October 01, 2021

Denver Employees Reach Nearly 99% Compliance with Vaccine Public Health Order

DENVER - Denver's Public Health Order requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for all City and County of Denver employees, as well asprivate-sector workers in high-risk settings,is now in effect. The requirement, issued Aug. 2, 2021, was put in place to protect city employees, workers in high-risk settings and the general public from the virus, and further limit its spread, especially before the coming cold and flu season, so as not to overwhelm Denver hospitals and ultimately save lives.

As of 9 a.m. today, 98.6 percent of city employees have submitted proof of vaccination or an approved exemption. The latest cumulative vaccination statistics for all city departments are available atDenvergov.org.

“This is about saving lives and further protecting the public from this virus, and we’re grateful to the over 98 percent of city employees who came into compliance with the public health order,” Mayor Michael B. Hancock said. “Our city employees have always put service to their community first, and they have demonstrated that once again by getting vaccinated.”

There is a clear process in place for the few remaining city employees who have not yet complied with the Public Health Order. The goal is to gain compliance through progressive discipline with employees who are receptive to becoming vaccinated in the near future and enforcing the mandate against those who are not. Discipline for non-compliance will be consistently applied to all career service, civil service and regularly employed at-will employees across city departments and agencies.

Employees with an approved exemption will be required to wear a mask, receive a PCR test every five calendar days and maintain physical distancing from others.The Denver Department of Public Health & Environment (DDPHE) will also begin enforcing the vaccine requirement for personnel onsite or in the field in high-risk settings including: hospitals and clinical settings, congregate-care settings, and teachers and staff in schools and post-secondary institutions, among others.

“We issued this Public Health Order because we know vaccinations are our way out of the pandemic,” said Bob McDonald, Executive Director of DDPHE and Denver’s Public Health Administrator. “We will continue to take a data-driven, science-based approach to Denver’s COVID-19 response and we are grateful to all those who have taken the important, lifesaving step to get the vaccine.”

DDPHE will respond to and investigate any claims of violations of the order as received, as well as conduct proactive monitoring to assess compliance rates across industries and settings. If an organization is out of compliance with the Public Health Order, DDPHE may issue a citation, which could include fines and penalties.

To report a business that is out of compliance with current COVID-19 Public Health Orders, visit DenverGov.org/COVID19.

The COVID-19 vaccine is safe and protects against severe illness from the virus. According to the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment, those who are unvaccinated are 6.4 times more likely to die from COVID-19 than those who are fully vaccinated. 

COVID-19 vaccines are readily available and free to all Denver residents. No insurance or identification is required to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. More information about the COVID-19 vaccination is available on our Get a Vaccine page, or you can text your ZIP code to GETVAX (438829) in English, or VACUNA (822862) in Spanish, to get the contact information of three nearby locations with available vaccines.

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