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TUESDAY, AUGUST 17, 2021

🏙️ TODAY IN DENVER

The state health department has officially OK’d booster shots of the COVID-19 vaccine, but thousands of Coloradans already got their third dose without official permission.

Following a formal announcement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that a third dose of the vaccine could provide an additional layer of protection for immunocompromised people, state health officials authorized booster shots for at-risk individuals. (Scientists are still studying whether a third shot is effective or necessary for people not at risk.)

However, the state’s vaccine database indicates roughly 7,000 Coloradans didn’t wait for the green light and have already nabbed a third dose just by going to a vaccine provider and asking for it.

It should be noted that the number of Coloradans who received a third dose may not be entirely accurate. Some clinicians may have accidentally recorded a third dose, and some may not have reported extra doses at all. That number also doesn’t include people who received an extra shot because their initial dose was deemed invalid.

The state confirms that it has enough unused vaccines to provide boosters to those who fit the criteria. But there’s an ethical debate arising about whether we should be doling out extra shots when large swaths of the world are still experiencing vaccine shortages.
[CPR; CO Newsline; CO Sun]

☀️ Today’s weather: Smoky with a high of 94 👎

— Peyton Garcia, (@peytonmgarcia)

📰 IN OTHER NEWS

🚌 DPS bus drivers desperately needed
Denver Public Schools, along with several other metro area school districts, is facing a dire shortage of bus drivers. DPS executive director of transportation Albert Samora mostly blames the pandemic for the shortage and believes the district’s recent mask mandate is deterring some candidates. Currently, he is working with union leaders to increase driver pay and improve benefits to retain and attract drivers before he has to resort to eliminating routes. [Denver Post]
👉 What you can do: Apply to be a DPS bus driver.


🏟️ Don’t bank on BroncosRide this football season
In-person football games may be back, but your convenient ride to Empower Stadium at Mile High is not. RTD has announced it will extend its suspension of the BroncosRide bus service, which was initially suspended at the height of the pandemic in March 2020. Broncos officials estimate the bus service transports roughly 6,700 attendees per game. RTD will, however, increase regularly scheduled rail service in place of BroncosRide. [9News]
👉 What you can do: Consider the E and W Lines for your lift to the stadium, or find other transportation options at rtd-denver.com.


🎭 Buntport Theater Co. gives back to creative community
Denver’s darling black box theater group, Buntport Theater Company, is bringing more performances, more often, to more people this season. The five-person company stayed afloat during the pandemic thanks to ticket sales and generous donations, and now they want to pay it back to the community by offering pay-what-you-can tickets to audience members, free use of their theater space for other creatives, and more frequent programming at their La Alma Lincoln Park stage. [Denverite]
👉 What you can do: Browse Buntport’s just-announced 2021-22 lineup.

🎙 TODAY'S PODCAST

A Denver DIY Icon Lives On at Meow Wolf
16 mins
Today, host Bree Davies talks with artists Pepe Apantenco and Kim Shively about building an immersive art room inside Meow Wolf. The installation was built posthumously from plans put forth by the late artist Colin Ward.

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🗓️ MARK YOUR CAL

+ TONIGHT: Sunset Cinema
Tonight’s Sunset Cinema screening at Sculpture Park is “Raya and The Last Dragon,” plus a preview for what’s to come at this fall’s 2021 Colorado Dragon Boat Festival.

+ TONIGHT: Art is a Verb
Join Flobots frontman Stephen Brackett at this Denver Art Museum event for a conversation about activism in art.

+ THURSDAY: 16th Annual Immigrant Liberty Awards
Celebrate the Colorado immigrant community and its outstanding advocates while raising funds to support the work of the Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network. 

[✈️🎙️ MADE IN DENVER
Escaping Denver from Curious Cast

Who doesn’t love the ridiculous conspiracy theories that surround the Denver International Airport? Aliens, illuminati, curses. Hidden underground tunnels, creepy wall murals, and our unnecessarily terrifying demonic airport mascot, Bluecifer. Whichever conspiracy is your flavor, the new fictional podcast “Escaping Denver” is bringing the best of them to life in an audio thriller about the airport. The story follows characters Noah and Sarah who wake up underneath DIA with no recollection of how they got there… spooky! [303 Magazine]

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