Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) Public Health Order 21-002 has been amended to establish an expiration date of December 22, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. At that time, the routine COVID-19 testing requirements for schools and childcares will no longer be required. Masks continue to be required for everyone ages 3+ in indoor public spaces, including schools and childcares, per Public Health Order 21-006.
When Public Health Order 21-002 was originally enacted, the COVID-19 vaccine was not available for all children ages 5 and older and the requirements under this Order were necessary to protect children unable to obtain the vaccine and protect in-person learning and childcare. Since, there has been great progress in expanding protection for young children through a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine, and free vaccines are now available and easy to get for everyone ages 5 and older. By the time K-12 school resumes in January 2022, every family should have had the opportunity to fully vaccinate their child aged 5 and over.
“We thank schools, childcares and families across the county for working so hard this school year to keep each other healthy. The mitigation strategies under Public Health Order 21-002, along with your efforts, were successful. The 80,000+ Jeffco schoolchildren were able to continue safe in-person learning and in-person extracurricular activities this school year despite high COVID-19 transmission rates in the county these past few months,” said Dr. Dawn Comstock, Executive Director, JCPH. “We look forward to continuing to collaborate with Jeffco schools on ways to continue to increase COVID-19 vaccination rates among young people.”
For more information about Local Public Health Orders, please visit: https://www.jeffco.us/4114/Local-Public-Health-Orders.