Update: Booster doses approved for 5-11 year-olds. Read more
Update: Individuals who are immunocompromised, anyone 50+ years of age or if you received a booster of Johnson & Johnson are now approved to receive a second mRNA booster dose. Read more from the FDA and CDC.
Your primary care physician may be providing COVID-19 vaccinations and/or booster doses. Check with them to schedule an appointment or see below to find a vaccination clinic that fits your needs.
Am I eligible for a COVID-19 booster/additional dose?
Use our Booster eligibility checker to find out if you are currently eligible.
Pitkin County Vaccination Stats
Mobile Vax Bus
Fri, May 2711:00am – 7:00pm
Downtown Aspen / 412 Rio Grande Place, Aspen CO. 81611
1st, 2nd and booster doses available for Pfizer, Moderna. Pediatric Pfizer also available.
Mobile Vax Bus
Sat, May 289:00am – 5:00pm
Downtown Aspen / 412 Rio Grande Place, Aspen CO. 81611
1st, 2nd and booster doses available for Pfizer, Moderna. Pediatric Pfizer also available.
Mobile Vax Bus
Sun, May 298:00am – 4:00pm
Aspen Valley Hospital
1st, 2nd and booster doses available for Pfizer, Moderna. Pediatric Pfizer also available.
Regional Vaccination Providers
Some of the more active regional vaccination providers in the Roaring Fork Valley are Eagle County Public Health, Garfield County Public Health, and the State Mobile Vax bus. See below for other providers in our region. Please visit their websites or call them location directly for more information.
Pharmacies: City Market and Clark’s Market are both providing COVID-19 vaccinations at various locations. Pitkin County does not order or administer vaccines for these providers. Please go to the Clark’s Market website or the City Market website or contact them directly for appointment availability or more information.
For regional providers located outside of the Roaring Fork Valley please visit:
For vaccination providers across Colorado please visit the CDPHE’s where to get vaccinated webpage.
COVID-19 Vaccination Records
Take a look at our vaccination record finder to look for your record or to find solutions to many of the most common vaccination record issues.
Below are some resources to help find your vaccination records online. If you would rather talk with someone about your status call the Colorado Immunization Information System at 888-611-9918 or 877-268-2926 and ask if your vaccination record is present in the system.
Q: I received a text message from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment that I haven’t received a 2nd dose and I have? Or I checked for my vaccine record in the Colorado Immunization Information System and couldn’t find it?
A: This means that your digital vaccination record has not been generated yet. This can take time since the system is currently experiencing increased usage. If you have your white CDC Record Card you can email a picture of it to firstname.lastname@example.org and they can update your digital record. If you can’t find your record AND you’ve lost your white CDC card, you have to wait for the digital record to be generated. Your record exists, it is just being processed. At this time, if your record has not been generated yet and you did not sign up for V-Safe (CDC vaccination tracking system), unfortunately, you can only be patient. Public Health departments and vaccine providers are not allowed to divulge medical information, such as who received what type of vaccine, without a lengthy process of identity verification.
Q: Why do you need all of my information?
A: We use this information to generate a digital medical record of your vaccination. If you have received a vaccination in the state of Colorado, you are added to the Colorado Immunization Information System (CIIS). This system is used so that in the instance that you should ever need documentation of your vaccination, you or your primary care provider can access it. In order to assure that we are attributing your Covid-19 vaccination to the correct person, we need this verifiable information. In the instance that you are not already in Colorado Immunization Information System (CIIS), we use this information to generate this secure medical record.
Q: Why did I receive a white CDC card at the time of my vaccination?
A: There is a delay in generating digital medical records at the best of times and these physical vaccination records are meant to be used as a stop-gap during this delay. Many of these Immunization Information Systems, like Colorado Immunization Information System (CIIS), were designed for manual entry of vaccinations given at pharmacies or healthcare providers. They were not originally intended for mass immunization programs which have been necessary during the Covid-19 pandemic. This surge in usage has led to delays in generating up-to-date medical records. Rest assured, your record will be updated and the information is not lost. However, due to the sensitive nature of medical records, all care is being taken to assure security throughout the entire process which takes time. During this process, the white CDC card you received at the time of your vaccination is the only accessible record of your vaccination.
Q: What do I do if I’ve lost my white CDC vaccination card?
A: You may contact your primary care provider or Colorado Immunization Information System (CIIS), 888-611-9918 or 877 268 2926, directly in order to access your digital medical record. If you signed up for V-Safe (the CDC’s post-vaccination health tracker) then you would have put your vaccination info in there as well. In the instance that your record has not been updated yet and you did not sign up for V-Safe, unfortunately, you can only be patient. Public Health departments and vaccine providers are not allowed to divulge medical information, such as who received what type of vaccine, without a lengthy process of identity verification. The quickest and most accurate way to access your digital medical record is to go through your primary care provider or Colorado Immunization Information System (CIIS) via email email@example.com or call at 888-611-9918 or 877 268 2926.
General Vaccination FAQs
Preparing for Your Arrival
Q: Do I need to bring an ID?
A: Having a state issued ID is NOT required to get the vaccine. No proof of residency or employment will be required.
Q: Is there a cost associated or do I need insurance?
A: The vaccine clinics that Pitkin County has been putting on are completely free, regardless of insurance. This may not be the case at other locations you can receive the vaccine.
Q: Are there Spanish speaking capabilities at the clinic?
A: Yes, there are multiple people who can speak Spanish.
Q: I don’t have email or internet access. How do I get a vaccination appointment?
A: You can register for the vaccine as well as schedule an appointment (when you are eligible) over the phone by calling the Pitkin County COVID-19 Helpline at 970-429-3363.
Ride to Vaccine Sites
Don’t let transportation challenges stop you (or your family and friends) from getting vaccinated. Mile High United Way’s Ride United program is providing access to free rides (up to 25 miles each way) to vaccination sites across Colorado. Dial 2-1-1 or visit 211colorado.org to learn more.
Q: Are mask guidelines still required if I am fully vaccinated?
A: Currently, Colorado still requires masks in certain settings while the Order states that fully vaccinated people can go without masks in public indoor spaces unless the setting requires otherwise. However, the CDC has recommended that fully vaccinated individuals continue to mask indoors. Read more about protecting yourself once you are fully vaccinated here.
Q: Should I get tested for COVID-19 after I’m fully vaccinated?
A: If you begin experiencing symptoms or have known contact with someone who is COVID-19 positive, it is recommended that you get tested. Even though the vaccines protect against infection, they are not 100% effective and it is possible for you to still catch and transmit COVID-19 to those around you. There continue to be free and accessible COVID-19 testing options throughout Pitkin County and the Roaring Fork Valley.
Q: How long do I have to isolate after an exposure or if I test positive if I am fully vaccinated?
A: If you know you have been exposed you should seek a test 3-5 days after exposure and wear a mask in public for 14 days or until you receive a negative test result. If you test positive, even if you are fully vaccinated, you should quarantine for 14 days.
Once you are fully vaccinated…
Once at least 2 weeks have passed since the vaccinated person received the second dose of a 2-dose COVID-19 vaccine or the only dose of a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine, you may now follow CDC guidance for fully vaccinated people.
Public Transport after Vaccination
Q: Do I still need to wear a mask on public transport if I am fully vaccinated?
A: Yes, per Federal order, everyone on public transport must continue to wear a mask.
PTO for Vaccination and Recovery
Q: Can I take time off from work to receive the vaccine?
A: Last year, Governor Polis signed the Healthy Families and Workplaces Act, giving all regular employees working full-time or part-time in the state eligibility to receive paid time off by January 1st of this year for health and safety-related needs. That means the vast majority of workers have the right to take four hours of paid time off or sick leave for a vaccine appointment — even when scheduled during work hours, and use PTO while recovering from COVID-19 vaccine side effects. Employers are required to honor that right.
If your employer’s answer to “Can I take time off?” is “No,” meaning they have not allowed you to use accumulated hours of leave time to receive the vaccine or recover from vaccine side effects — or the pay rate does not match the hourly rate you would normally receive plus the same benefits, please call CDLE’s Division of Labor Standards and Statistics at (303) 318-8441 to ask questions or voice a complaint.
Children and Vaccinations
Q: How does COVID-19 affect children?
A: While COVID-19 causes mild illness in most children, some children do have more severe illnesses requiring hospitalization for treatment of COVID-19 pneumonia and Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in children (MIS-C), which can affect multiple organs, including the heart. Some children can also have “long COVID” with persistent symptoms for months after infection, including extreme fatigue, “brain fog,” breathing problems, and body aches. Children with preexisting conditions, such as asthma, are at higher risk to display mild to severe COVID symptoms.
Q: What measures were taken to test the COVID-19 vaccine on children?
A: Children have distinct developmental and physiological differences that affect not only their susceptibility to disease but also how their immune systems respond to health interventions. The volunteer participants were divided into three groups: ages 5 to 11; 2 to 5; and 6 months to 2 years. Children between the ages of 5 and 11 years old in the Pfizer trial received 10 micrograms, but children under age 5 only received 3 micrograms.
As children grow and change, their immune systems do too. A 6-year-old is not the same as a 16-year-old. Researchers do “age de-escalation” studies with participants placed in different groups. For example, 6-to-12-year olds, 2-to-6-year olds, and 6-month-to-2-year olds. Doses start at the lowest safest level and researchers increase them in different groups to determine whether a larger dose is more effective or whether a lower dose provides a complete response.
Q: Why should children get the COVID-19 vaccine?
A: Medical and public health experts, including the CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics, recommend that children and adolescents 12 years of age and older get a COVID-19 vaccine to help protect them from contracting and spreading the virus. Children and adolescents are typically at lower risk than adults of becoming severely ill or hospitalized from COVID-19, but it is still possible. While most children with COVID-19 have mild or no symptoms, they can still spread the disease to others. COVID-19 has caused serious illness, complications, and even death in some children and teens, and those with underlying health conditions may be more likely to become severely ill.
Another important reason for children to get the COVID-19 vaccine is to protect their friends, family, and the broader community. And being vaccinated will allow kids to get back to the things they have missed: in-person school, playing with friends, and participating in sports activities. Vaccinated individuals have a very low risk of contracting COVID-19 or spreading it to others, which adds a layer of protection for unvaccinated individuals around them – such as younger siblings and other children who are not currently eligible. Additionally, as more and more people get vaccinated, the infection rate among the general population will continue to lower, decreasing the chance that the coronavirus will mutate into dangerous variants.
Q: Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe for children?
A: In short, yes any vaccine approved by the FDA and CDC for use in children is safe. On October 29th the FDA approved a reformulation of the Pfizer vaccine for use in ages 5-11. In order to receive this approval, the vaccine has to go through a rigorous study for safety and efficacy. The FDA approval means that the vaccine was safe and effective at preventing COVID-19 infection in this age group.
For any specific medical concerns regarding your child and vaccination, please consult with your pediatrician.
Q: When can my child get vaccinated?
A: Any child ages 5 and older is currently eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine. Children ages 5-11 need to seek out the pediatric Pfizer dose specifically, while those 12+ years of age should seek out the adult dosage. Please speak to providers in your area to assure which vaccines are available and to make an appointment.
Q: Why has it taken longer to gain approval for children under 12?
A: Conducting clinical trials to determine an appropriate vaccine dose in children requires additional work over that done in the adult studies, including ensuring that the vaccine dosage and formulation strength used is the appropriate one from the perspective of safety and generating an immune response.
Q: What side effects do children experience from the vaccine?
A: Children may experience mild side effects, such as soreness in the arm, fatigue, headache, or a slight fever, and most will pass in one to two days. These are signs that their body is building immunity, but even if they don’t experience any side effects, their immune system is still building protection against the virus. Serious side effects are rare and treatable.
Q: What is the risk of hospitalization/death if my child is not vaccinated?
A: Of the almost 600,000 deaths attributed to COVID-19 in the United States in just over 17 months, about 325 have been people under the age of 18.
Compared to the flu, which typically kills about 100 children a year, at current rates child deaths related to COVID-19 stand at more than 200 a year. Evidence is also emerging about the long-term effects of COVID-19 on young people, including fatigue, headaches, and loss of sense of taste or smell for months, as well as long-term issues with the brain.
Q: Which children cannot be vaccinated?
A: If your child has a significant health issue – such as those resulting in a compromised immune system or severe allergic reactions – check with their physician to determine if they should be vaccinated.
Q: Should I wait for my child to get the vaccine to ensure there are no long-term effects?
A: Though long-term side effects are unknown at this time, they are unlikely to occur. COVID-19 vaccines have been authorized to be distributed to millions of people since December 2020 with no identified long-term side effects.
Q: How can I be sure the vaccine won’t affect my child’s development?
A: If coronavirus vaccines were to interfere with teens’ development, they would need access to their DNA. At no point does the vaccine interact with a person’s DNA or cause genetic changes because the mRNA does not enter the nucleus of the cell, which is where our DNA is kept. There’s no biological reason or proof that hormones associated with puberty can impact immune responses to coronavirus vaccines.
Q: Should I be worried about the risks for heart problems in young boys?
A: This effect is called myocarditis. Out of more than 12 million doses administered to youth ages 16 to 24, the CDC says it has 275 reports of heart inflammation following the COVID-19 vaccine. The side effect seems to be more common in teen boys and young men than in older adults and women and may occur in 16 cases for every 1 million people who got a second dose. Most of the young adults who experienced myocarditis recovered quickly. Read the full study. Myocarditis and heart inflammation is also a potential side effect of COVID-19 infection and is actually more likely due to infection than vaccination. Read the full study here.
Q: What is myocarditis, and is there a risk of myocarditis after vaccination?
A: Yes, there is a risk but a small one. Out of more than 12 million doses administered to youth ages 16 to 24, the CDC says it has 275 reports of heart inflammation following the COVID-19 vaccine. Myocarditis and heart inflammation is also a potential side effect of COVID-19 infection and is actually more likely due to infection than vaccination. Read the full study here.
Q: Could the vaccine impact my child in any serious way, such as long-term reactions to COVID-19 that don’t go away?
A: Vaccines are highly unlikely to cause side effects long after getting the shot. Science and history show that even the most serious side effects for any vaccine, including COVID-19, occur within just a few weeks.
Q: Will children need a COVID-19 vaccine to return to school in the fall?
A: Vaccination requirements for public schools vary according to state laws, and that will likely be true for COVID-19 vaccines as well. All 50 states require certain immunizations – including tetanus, measles, polio, and chickenpox vaccinations – and some states have additional requirements. While many states and school districts have not yet announced their COVID-19 vaccination policies for the fall, requirements and/or recommendations will be issued at the state, local, and district levels as officials review guidance and as more children become vaccinated. Regardless of any requirement, all children who are eligible are encouraged to get the vaccine to protect themselves and others from catching and spreading the virus.
Q: Should vaccinated people worry they are spreading the virus?
- Vaccinated individuals represent a very small amount of transmission occurring around the country. Most vaccinated people are protected from the virus — breakthrough cases occur in only a small proportion of vaccinated people and the vast majority are avoiding serious illness, hospitalization, or death.
- If you get vaccinated, your risk of infection is ~3.5-fold lower, your risk of getting ill from COVID is over 8-fold lower, and your risk of hospitalization or death is ~25-fold lower.
- For example, some data out of Israel showed that as little as 13% of vaccinated people with a breakthrough infection were spreading the virus, with 80% not spreading at all.
- It’s important to remember breakthrough infections occur in only a small proportion of vaccinated people and of the breakthrough infections, transmission by the vaccinated appears to only be a small part of overall spread of the virus.
- In areas of substantial and high transmission, CDC recommends that vaccinated people should wear a mask in public indoor settings to prevent spread and protect themselves and others.
Q: Does this mean the vaccines aren’t working as we expected?
A: No, the 162+ million fully vaccinated Americans have a very strong degree of protection against variants. They are overwhelmingly avoiding severe illness, hospitalization, and death. Unvaccinated individuals account for virtually all the hospitalizations and death in the U.S.
Despite seeing cases numbers similar to the surge we experienced last summer, deaths are down more than 70% thanks to vaccination. This is further proof that getting fully vaccinated is the best thing you can do to protect yourself and those around you.
Q: If you are vaccinated but asymptomatic, can you spread the virus?
A: The CDC does not have data to inform the likelihood of asymptomatic spread among vaccinated people, but expect that it would be relatively low.
Booster Doses and Mixing & Matching FAQ
See our booster eligibility checker to find out your current eligibility
Q: Who can get a 2nd booster dose?
A: 2nd Booster doses are approved for anyone who is at least 50 years of age and any individual 12+ years of age who are moderate to severely immunocompromised as defined by the CDC. Individuals who received Johnson & Johnson as their first booster dose are also eligible to receive one additional booster dose of an mRNA vaccine. Individuals who meet the above criteria must also have received their 1st booster dose at least 4 months ago.
Individuals who are eligible for a 4th dose must receive either a full Pfizer dose (approved for 12+ years of age) or a half Moderna dose (approved for 18+ years of age).
Q: I would like to receive a different dose than my initial regime, is that possible?
A: Yes, you may seek out a different vaccine than your initial dose. Mixing and matching has been shown to be safe and effective.
Q: I would like a Moderna booster but am confused about full and half doses?
A: Full doses of Moderna as additional doses are only available for moderately to severely immunocompromised individuals in a medical setting; please speak to your primary care physician or care team if you feel you are eligible based on CDC guidance, here.
If you are not immunocompromised, the FDA and CDC approved a half dose of Moderna as a booster shot and you may schedule with any provider at this time.
Immunocompromised = full dose as an additional dose
General public = half dose as a booster dose
Q: I am immunocompromised and would like a booster/additional dose, what can I do?
Immunocompromised individuals should consult their Primary Care Physician when determining which immunizations to receive. See our booster eligibility checker for the current eligibility of immunocompromised individuals
For more information see the COVID-19 vaccinations for immunocompromised individuals webpage.
Q: If the vaccines are effective, why would someone need a booster?
A: Additional doses provide another layer of protection, especially for people with very specific medical circumstances which impacts their body’s ability to mount a strong protective response to their initial vaccination. Without this protection, these individuals are at risk of contracting COVID-19 and suffering severe illness despite their vaccination status. Since all of these conditions already put these individuals at risk of severe illness due to COVID-19, it is critical that if their care team determines that receiving an additional dose is appropriate at this time that they are able to receive the protection of an additional dose. For the general population, receiving the initial vaccination regime offers strong protection against COVID-19 infection and illness.
Q: Can I get the vaccine if I have COVID-19 and am showing symptoms right now?
A: If you currently have COVID-19 you should not get the vaccine, you should wait.
Q: Who shouldn’t get the vaccine?
A: It’s a very small (number) of people. Only if you have a certain allergy, allergic reaction to some of the ingredients.
Q: Can I not get the vaccine if I’m pregnant?
A: You should get vaccinated if you’re pregnant, but obviously talk to your doctor first.
Q: How do we know if the vaccines are safe since they were developed so quickly?
A: All three vaccines have gone through the three phases of research and approval. There was no vaccine in the history of humankind that had caused side effects where they caused someone to die years later after getting the vaccine. If you get any type of reaction it is immediate, that’s why they have you wait (at the clinic) for 15 minutes. It would never be in the long run.
Aftereffects of getting a COVID-19 Vaccine
Q: Can I get COVID-19 from the vaccine?
A: It is not possible to get COVID-19 from a vaccine, but it is possible to have side effects that are consistent with COVID-19. The COVID-19 vaccines use inactivated virus, part of the virus (e.g., the spike protein), or a gene from the virus. None of these can cause COVID-19.
Q: Will the vaccine work immediately?
A: Protection from the vaccine is not immediate, it will take time after the vaccination for the body to respond and make enough antibodies to protect you.
Q: What are possible vaccine side effects and why do they happen?
A: The most commonly reported side effects of the COVID-19 vaccines are mild fever, chills, body aches, pain and redness at the injection site, nausea, headache, and fatigue for 1-2 days after receiving the vaccine. The process of building immunity can cause symptoms. These symptoms are normal and show that your body’s immune system is responding to a vaccine. Other routine vaccines, like the flu vaccine, have similar side effects.
Side effects can be more pronounced after the second dose of the vaccine. If you experience discomfort after the first dose of the vaccine, it is very important that you still receive the second dose on your scheduled date for full protection.
Please maintain your scheduled appointment date, as cancellations may not guarantee a second dose (Pfizer and Moderna) appointment at a later date. Get the second shot even if you have side effects after the first one, unless a vaccination provider or your doctor tells you NOT to get a second shot.
Please report any side effects using V-SAFE.
If you are experiencing side effects do the following:
- Moving your arm, holding still may actually cause it to hurt more
- Apply a cold compress to the injection site
- Take a nap. Try a warm bath or hot shower.
Call your PCP if redness and swelling increase in size or does not decrease after a few days, or if you’re considering taking medication to counteract a vaccine side effect.
Sources for reporting symptoms:
FDA/CDC Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System: vaers.hhs.gov/reportevent
Roaring Fork Valley nonprofit provides more information on vaccine myths below. Visit the Aspen Times to read more.
Q: How long will I be immune after getting vaccinated?
A: We still don’t know, it could be like the flu where we have to get it every year, but there could be a chance it could be longer immunity.
Q: After I’m vaccinated do I have to wear a mask?
A: The CDC says that indoor and outdoor activities pose minimal risk to fully vaccinated people and therefore, these individuals may resume activities without wearing masks or physically distance from others, except when required in specific settings, such as public transportation. Please be respectful when around others and when in businesses that require masks.
Myth Busting with Local Doctors
Take a look at this YouTube playlist for conversations with local doctors covering a range of COVID-19 related myths.