COVID Guidance

Living in a time of COVID-19


It’s clear there is plenty of confusing, contradictory, and even misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccines. At Connections for Independent Living, our team stands ready to provide guidance and assistance in making sure you’re safe from potential infection or illness resulting from the COVID-19 virus.

If you have already been vaccinated, thank you

If you haven't yet been vaccinated, here are some common-sense guidance that can help in your decision process
  • Talk to your doctor. When making a decision as to whether the COVID-19 vaccine is right for you, talk to your personal physician to determine which of the vaccines is best. Vaccines affect people differently. In addition, personal health can be critical in determining whether a vaccine may have adverse effects.
  • Find a provider. Vaccine providers are becoming increasingly accessible throughout northeastern Colorado. Your doctor or healthcare provider may be able to provide some assistance. The team at Connections can also help you find a provider that is convenient to you.
  • Schedule your vaccination. While appointment availability was challenging earlier this year, today, many providers offer same day appointments or within a few days. There are some providers that don’t require appointments. Remember that with the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines, you will have a second appointment about one month after your first shot. Connections can help with scheduling.
  • Vaccines are free of cost. Most Coloradans can receive the vaccine at no cost. If you have insurance or Medicare/Medicaid, the vaccine provider will appreciate your insurance information. If you don’t have insurance, you’ll not be liable for the cost.
  • Transportation is available. If you don’t drive, finding a ride to and from your vaccination appointment can be challenging. Connections can help you in this process. We can arrange a complimentary ride with an established, local ride service, or in some cases, provide you with a ride using our Connections vehicles.
  • ASL interpreting. Connections offers free American Sign Language interpreting for persons who are Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing for vaccination appointments. Contact Connections for more information.

Your Colorado vaccination options

  • Contact Connections if we can be of assistance with questions about vaccinations, or helping in finding a convenient vaccination clinic. Call us at 970-352-8682 or send an email message
  • The Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment  maintains a vaccination information line at 877-CO-VAC-CO (877-268-2926). Or, visit the State online.
  • For Greeley and Weld County residents, Sunrise Community Health offers no-reservation vaccination clinics. Sunrise also manages a Colorado Vaccine Bus, providing mobile vaccination locations throughout northeastern Colorado.
  • Greeley and Weld County residents can schedule rides to vaccinations with 60+ Ride, a free transportation service. The Greeley-based nonprofit organization provides transportation to 1,000 customers. They will prioritize service for persons going to and from vaccinations.
  • In northeastern Colorado, the Northeast Colorado Association of Local Governments provides information about public transportation in the region, specifically in the Fort Morgan to Sterling area.
  • If you are unable to physically visit a community-based vaccine location, you are invited to register for in-home appointments through the Colorado Vaccine Hotline. Call 877-268-2926. The Hotline is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and offers multiple languages.
  • The Disability Information and Access Line (DIAL) is a first-of-its-kind national call center to connect people with disabilities to information, assistance and  resources that can help them make informed decisions about and receive access to COVID-19 vaccines that are available in their communities. DIAL graphic artDIAL can also provide information and services that promote independent living and address fundamental needs, such as food, housing, and transportation. Contact DIAL at 888-677-1199 from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. MT, Monday-Friday or email for assistance.

Your Colorado COVID testing options

  • Contact Connections if we can be of assistance with questions about testing for COVID. Call us at 970-352-8682 or send an email message
  • The Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment maintains information online regarding free community testing sites. These sites do not require personal identification, proof of health insurance, or a doctor’s note. In addition, some pharmacies offer testing at no cost.
  • Testing is recommended if you experience any of the following symptoms:
    • Fever or chills
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Headache
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea
  • There are also Colorado telehealth services available that can provide free or low-cost COVID assistance and guidance.
  • Even if you are fully vaccinated, it is possible you can become infected with COVID, particularly with the Delta variant. You may become ill with the infection, or potentially spread the virus to others who are not vaccinated. Taking precautions when in large groups indoors or in close proximity with others whose vaccination status is unknown to you is advised.