Vaccine Guide for Restaurant Workers Now Live

Help on making your vaccine plan, plus free at-home rapid testing and more info on upcoming federal funding for restaurants.

Aerial view of vaccination drive through providing mass immunization, cones separating car lanes, tents used for registration vaccination and separate waiting area.
Mass vaccination sites are in the works for Colorado; the CRA has created a guide to them. / tookar ©

In advance of COVID vaccines opening up to restaurant workers tomorrow (Friday, March 19), the Colorado Restaurant Association (CRA) has put together a guide to getting your shot. It lists pharmacies and health care systems that are offering vaccination appointments (you don’t have to be a current patient of the network to make an appointment), as well as info on upcoming mass vaccination clinics. Both U.S. citizens and non-citizens will be vaccinated at no cost, and the Department of Homeland Security says ICE will not be taking action at or near vaccine distribution sites.

If, on the other hand, you have symptoms before you get inoculated, take advantage of free at-home rapid COVID testing through the state. And if you’re not sure what your next steps are to take advantage of the new Restaurant Revitalization Act, view a recording of the National Restaurant Association’s webinar on just that subject.

The following information comes from the CRA’s March 16 newsletter. Sign up to receive the full version here. And take a gander at its Coronavirus Resource Center and COVID-19 Reopening Resources for general info.

A Colorado Restaurant Worker’s Guide to Getting the COVID-19 Vaccine

We have created a living guide for restaurant workers to navigate the vaccine rollout and ensure seamless appointment scheduling. 

We have been having ongoing conversations with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment regarding specifics for scheduling appointments and ways that we can streamline the vaccine distribution process specifically for restaurant workers. We will continue to update this document with resources and guidance for the industry as we navigate getting employees vaccinated.

While the State has not yet made appointments available for Phase 1B.4, we encourage you to review the resources in this guide, pre-register, and create a plan. You can find vaccine resources specific to your area on the CDPHE website here, find vaccine sites near you here, and mass vaccination clinics here.

View the vaccination guide here.

Please note that many additional details will be coming in the following days/weeks. We will be sharing new information as soon as we receive it. Please contact us with questions at

Free At-Home COVID-19 Testing Available to Colorado Restaurant Employees

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is now offering free, at-home rapid COVID-19 testing to local food service employees and restaurant workers. Colorado is providing 2 million rapid Binax At-Home tests for eligible Coloradans to use, free of charge, while the state’s vaccination campaign progresses. This program is designed to provide easy access to testing with the goal of ensuring restaurants remain open, and employees feel safe at their place of work.

Sign-up is simple – employees can go to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Binax At-Home website, where they’ll be directed to fill out this Google form asking for basic information. Within 24 hours of filling out the form, employees should receive an email from CDPHE, which will include instructions and a link to order a test. 

Upon receiving a test kit, individuals will log onto a telehealth portal and receive guided instruction by a trained representative from eMed, one of the nation’s leading digital health providers. Telehealth services are available in English and Spanish.

These tests are available to all food services employees in Colorado with an email address. 

We are proud of Colorado’s commitment to implement responsible, effective safety precautions to ensure our dedicated food service workers are protected. Please urge your employees to enroll now while testing is free and widely available!

Click here for more information, and click here to fill out the form to register.

Recording: Restaurant Revitalization Fund Next Steps Webinar

On March 15, the National Restaurant Association held a webinar to help restaurants navigate the next steps for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF). The RRF, which provides federal grants to the hardest hit sector of the economy during COVID-19, is now a reality. President Biden has signed the RRF into law as a part of the American Rescue Plan. The RRF features $28.6 billion for restaurants with 20 or fewer locations, and will be administered by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). We would like to thank each and every one of you that lent your voice to these efforts by responding to countless surveys and calls to action. Your efforts have paid off, your voices have been heard, and this could not have been possible without you! 

In this webinar, the National Restaurant Association shares:

  • How the RRF became law
  • What type of RRF grant funds will be available
  • Recommended next steps for restaurants interested in RRF

You can view the recording of the webinar here. View the guide to the RRF here. 

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