CDPHE reminds Coloradans to minimize COVID-19 transmission during the holidays

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

Coloradans come together during the holidays to celebrate many different things, and each celebration and tradition is special. Coloradans have demonstrated a desire to keep each other safe during the pandemic, with 79% of people in Colorado age 12+ already receiving a first dose of a life saving COVID-19 vaccine. This year, we are fortunate to have the benefit of vaccines, but it is important to also follow  other public health recommendations and protocols. 

Getting a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine before gathering with others is the single best way to prevent the spread of the virus. Vaccines are highly effective at preventing severe symptoms and hospitalization, but science shows now that immunity from the vaccine does wane. With waning immunity, vaccinated people can spread COVID-19 and non-vaccinated people and other high-risk individuals are at particular risk. Adults 18 and older who received their second dose of Pfizer or Moderna at least six months ago or received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least two months ago should get booster doses to stay protected. You can get any type of vaccine for your booster dose. It doesn’t have to be the same type as the vaccine you already received.

CDPHE recommends the following guidance for the holiday season:

  • Plan a gathering where everyone over the age of 5  has been vaccinated. 
  • Stay home if you are displaying symptoms of COVID-19, are positive for COVID-19, or have had recent close contact with someone with COVID-19. 
  • Wear a mask and practice physical distancing while shopping. If you can, use curbside pick up for groceries.
  • Plan your shopping list so you can get everything done in a single trip. Going in a single trip not only saves you precious time; it also helps the environment and decreases your exposure to COVID-19.
  • Ask your guests to test for COVID-19 before the gathering. There are free community testing sites all across Colorado. 
  • Consider hosting a smaller, shorter, outdoor gathering. Outdoor events are generally safer than indoor events; smaller groups are generally safer than larger groups; and shorter gatherings are generally safer than longer gatherings.
  • Keep a list of guests and their contact information so they can be notified quickly in the event of a COVID-19 exposure.
  • If gathering indoors, improve ventilation by opening windows and doors (if it’s safe to do so) or running your heat, AC, or an air purifier.

Additional recommendations and guidance are available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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CDPHE reminds Coloradans to minimize COVID-19 transmission during the holidays