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New School COVID-19 Vaccination Data Dashboard

The Immunization Branch at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) introduced a new School COVID-19 Vaccination Data dashboard displaying COVID-19 vaccination rates for kindergarten through 12th grades at the school district and school levels. CDPHE and Colorado Department of Education (CDE) entered into an interagency data sharing agreement in January 2022 that…

What is VAERS?

Established in 1990 as a joint venture between CDC and FDA , the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) serves as the nation’s early warning system to collect reports of adverse events after vaccination. VAERS depends on reports made by the public and health care providers. It provides scientists with valuable information to assess possible…

Preventing Vaccination Administration Errors

Immunization is one of public health’s greatest achievements. The success of any vaccination program (including the COVID-19 vaccination program) depends not just on the number of vaccines that are administered, but how they are stored, prescribed, and handled. Providers and staff administering vaccines should be prepared to manage vaccines according to CDC best practices, and…

Wearing Masks, Getting Vaccinated, Will Safeguard Our Communities During Omicron
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Wearing Masks, Getting Vaccinated, Will Safeguard Our Communities During Omicron

For Immediate Release DENVER, COLORADO – The Colorado Academy of Family Physicians (CAFP) is alarmed by the rapid rise in new COVID-19 infections due to the highly infectious Omicron variant. There is overwhelming scientific evidence that getting fully vaccinated, receiving a booster shot, and wearing a high quality mask reduces the spread and severity of…

Critical conversations with vaccine hesitant patients

As COVID-19 vaccines are being allocated across the United States (U.S.), many Americans are ambivalent about or will refuse them. Fortunately, we have ample scientific knowledge regarding how to meet people at their stage of readiness for accepting vaccinations, proactively addressing concerns, facilitating confidence, and building internal motivation for healthy decision making. Many of those…

The Future of High Quality Primary Care – Recommendations from the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine’s 2021 Report

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine provide expert advice on pressing challenges facing the nation and world. They advise and shape policies, inform public opinion, and advance the pursuit of science, engineering, and medicine. In 1996, NASEM released an initial report on primary care that had strong recommendations for changes that would advance…

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PRESS RELEASE: Colorado Healthcare Leaders Applaud Governor Polis’s Grant Program to Support COVID-19 Vaccination

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Denver, CO – The Colorado Academy of Family Physicians (CAFP), representing over 2,700 practicing primary care physicians, residents, and medical students, applauds and supports the new Colorado state grant program for primary care clinics to provide the COVID-19 vaccine at no cost to patients. The $60 million COVID-19 Primary Care Vaccination Grant…

The Immunization Action Coalition: A Gold Standard Immunization Resource

The Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) was founded in 1993 and is considered a gold standard immunization resource for those administering vaccines. The IAC’s immunization resources have now been used by generations of health care providers. Some of these resources have stood the test of time and have been used for almost 30 years. These resources exist because of…

Megan Adamson, MD, MHS, FAAFP, Is Running for the AAFP Board of Directors

The Colorado Academy of Family Physicians is proud to support one of our members, Megan Adamson, MD, MHS, FAAFP, as she seeks a position on the American Academy of Family Physicians Board of Directors.  Dr. Adamson has been a leader years leading Academy organizations at the state and national levels, including on AAFP committees.

How Primary Care Physicians Can Provide the COVID-19 Vaccine

The rate of new COVID-19 infections in Colorado remains stubbornly high, despite substantial progress toward vaccinating the population. Both the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggest maximizing vaccination whenever possible. Moreover, Colorado Joint Vaccine Task Force advises providers to take every opportunity to…