1. If you're 5 years or older, it's recommended that you get one dose of the new 2023-2024 COVID-19 vaccine, even if you've had a COVID-19 vaccine before.

    Kids between 6 months and 4 years old need multiple doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to be fully protected, including at least 1 dose of the updated 2023-2024 vaccine.

    You can get the 2023-2024 COVID-19 vaccine as long as it's been at least two months since you got your last COVID-19 vaccine. If you've never had a COVID-19 vaccine, you can start with the updated 2023-2024 vaccine.

  2. COVID-19 vaccines are not free anymore for everyone at LCDHE. They are available at a low or no cost for people who meet these requirements:

    • For people 18 years of age and younger:
      • Children who have Medicaid,
      • Children who are uninsured or underinsured
      • Children who are Alaska Native, or American Indian
    • Eligible adults 19 years of age and older (limited quantities):
      • Adults with Medicaid
      • Adults who are uninsured or underinsured
  3. Vaccine availability varies by location:
    Fort Collins Clinic:

    • Pfizer (all ages)
    • Moderna (all ages)

    Estes Park Clinic:

    • Moderna (all ages)

    Loveland Clinic:

    • Moderna (all ages)
  4. Yes, they can. You have to pay when you get the vaccine. If you want, we can give you a receipt called an Electronic SuperBill (ESB), and you can try to get money back from your private insurance, but we can't guarantee they will pay you back. Here's how much it costs:

    COVID-19 Vaccines  Price per dose
    Moderna Adults 12+ years $167
    Moderna Pediatric 6 months - 11 years $165
    Pfizer Adults 12+ years $182
    Pfizer Pediatric 5 years - 11 years $119
    Pfizer Pediatric 6 months - 5 years $94
  5. No, LCDHE doesn't use private insurance for any medical services they offer at the health department.

  6. To figure out how many vaccine doses your child needs, it depends on their age, what shots they've already had, and their health. You can check the CDC guidance for COVID-19 vaccines to find out how to finish your child's shots, or you can ask your child's doctor for more information.

  7. You might have been exposed to COVID-19 if you were close to someone who has it. Being exposed means being near them for more than 15 minutes within 6 feet in a 24-hour period when they could spread the virus. Here's what to do:

    • If you were close to them in the 2 days before they felt sick or tested positive (day 0) and for the 5 days after, it's considered an exposure.
    • If you were close to them on days 6-10 after they felt sick or tested positive (day 0) and they weren't wearing a mask, it's also an exposure.
    • After exposure, take precautions and wear a mask for 10 days when you're inside and around other people, starting from the day of your last contact with the person who has COVID-19.


  8. You can get COVID-19 vaccines at home from LCDHE, but they are not free for everyone anymore. To be eligible, you must:

    • Be homebound and unable to leave your home easily.
    • Be 19 years old or older and on Medicaid, uninsured, or have limited insurance.

    You need to make an appointment, and there might not be many appointments available.

  9. Pfizer and Moderna have updated their COVID-19 vaccines. They now include a part of the Omicron XBB.1.5 variant, which is a common version of the virus right now. This helps the vaccine work better against the new variant.

  10. There are different ways to get proof of your COVID-19 vaccination:

    • If you got vaccinated in Colorado, you can find your vaccine record in the Colorado Immunization Information System (CIIS). You can access it online through the CIIS public portal.
    • If your vaccine record is in CIIS, you can get an electronic copy of your vaccine card using the myColorado app if you have a Colorado state ID card or driver's license.
    • You can also ask for an official copy of your vaccine record by filling out this form. They can send it to you by email, regular mail, or you can pick it up in Fort Collins.
    • If your vaccine card is damaged or lost, you can request a replacement by filling out this form. They'll need to verify your record before giving you a new card. This might take up to 2 weeks.
    • If you find a mistake in your vaccine record, first try to contact the place where you got vaccinated. They can help fix it. If you can't reach them, you can contact CIIS through at cdphe.ciis@state.co.us or by calling 1-877-CO VAX CO (1-877-268-2926).
  11. The number of vaccine doses you need depends on your age, whether you've had vaccines before, and your health. You can check the CDC guidance for COVID-19 vaccines to stay updated, or ask your doctor for more information.

  12. Some people wonder if they need a vaccine after recovering from COVID-19. Natural immunity, which you get from getting sick, can be strong, but it's risky because you can get very sick, have long-term problems, or even die from COVID-19. Also, not everyone who had COVID-19 develops enough protection against getting it again.
    Recent studies show that getting a vaccine after having COVID-19 lowers the chance of getting it again. So, yes, you should get a COVID vaccine even if you had COVID-19 before.
    People's natural immunity can vary, and for many, a vaccine can give even better protection. Some people who had COVID-19 without symptoms might not have strong immunity. Both getting vaccinated and having natural immunity together give the best protection.
    Because the risk of getting COVID-19 is still there and can be dangerous, getting the vaccine is the safest way to protect yourself.
    If you want more information about getting COVID-19 again, you can check out these resources:

  13. Masks are important because they help stop the spread of COVID-19. When we talk, breathe, sing, or yell, tiny particles can carry the virus, and masks stop those particles from getting out. Wearing masks and getting vaccinated are two of the best ways to keep COVID-19 from spreading.
    If you want to learn more about how masks work, you can check these resources:

    Wearing masks is a simple but important way to protect ourselves and others from the virus.

  14. You can spread the virus to others starting from 2 days before your symptoms began or the day you got a positive test if you had no symptoms. You can continue to spread the virus for a full 10 days after.

  15. No, you don't need another test. You can leave isolation if:

    • It's been at least 5 days since your symptoms started or since you tested positive (if you have no symptoms).
    • Your symptoms are getting better.
    • You haven't had a fever for 24 hours without using fever-reducing medicine like Ibuprofen.

    Some symptoms might stick around for a little while, but as long as you're feeling better and meet these conditions, you can leave isolation.
    Even if you test positive for COVID-19 for up to 90 days after you recover, you can't spread the virus to others. That's why you don't need more testing to go back to school or work.

  16. You can check the CDC Website on Understanding Exposure Risk to learn more about the risk of being exposed to the virus. They have the latest information about it.

  17. No, only the person who was near someone with COVID-19 has to be extra careful. If that person gets sick or tests positive, then everyone in the house should start taking precautions too. It's best if the person who was near the sick person stays away from others in the house as much as they can.

  18. Even if someone has received all their COVID-19 shots, they still need to be careful if they have symptoms or test positive. They should stay away from others to prevent spreading the virus, just like anyone else who gets sick.

  19. COVID-19 can make you feel lots of different emotions.
    If you are in a crisis:
    Call SummitStone Crisis Center, anytime at 970-494-4200 or Colorado Crisis Services at 1-844-493-8255.r You can also text “TALK” to 38255)'
    Extra Help:
    I Matter Colorado offers up to 6 free online sessions with a therapist (some in-person appointments are available too). Your conversations are private.

  20. You can find more answers on the Colorado Health Department website.

Questions about COVID-19?

  • Call the Joint Information Center: 970-498-5500 
  • Email us: Send your general questions and concerns about COVID-19 here. 
  • Text: 970-999-1770