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Tuesday in Denver: Homeless encampment sweeps to be examined by Denver auditor, DU to require flu vaccines and more

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By Steven Bonifazi

(DENVER, Colo.) Good morning and happy Tuesday Denverites.

Welcome back to another Tuesday edition of the Denver Daily Round-Up.

Hopefully, you enjoyed Monday's warmer afternoon weather and sunshine. Today will be cloudy for the most part with rainy conditions expected from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., with the forecast high being 59°F and the low being 39°F.

Without wasting any time, let's take a brief look at just a few of the most important, local Denver stories for this Tuesday.

Today, people of color in Colorado are being underrepresented regarding COVID-19 vaccine booster shots, a Denver auditor is taking up the opportunity to examine the city's homeless encampment sweeps, Denver's pizza scene is evolving quickly and the University of Denver will require flu vaccines for all students and staff.

1. As boosters outpace 1st and 2nd shots in Colorado, people of color are again underrepresented
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Over four out of five Coloradans who have gotten COVID-19 vaccine booster shots are white, with 269,872 or roughly 8% of all people who are fully vaccinated within the state having received the third shot as of Monday.

Most of the people who have got the third shot are white, with people of color underrepresented. White residents have got 83.4% of boosters and account for 70% of Colorado's population, while Black residents have received 2.1% of boosters and account for 4% of the population behind Hispanic residents who have got 6.2% of boosters while accounting for 20.2% of the population.

2. Denver auditor to examine city's homeless encampment sweeps
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Denver Auditor Tim O'Brien has agreed to take up an audit of Denver's sweeps of homeless encampments after a year of lobbying from homeless-rights advocates and service providers.

City officials have stated that they do not aggregate the cost of sweeps that involve the utilization of city workers, cops and private contract workers, regardless of Denver keeping track of money that is spent on affordable housing and homelessness services. Homeless-rights advocates and community organizations like nonprofit group seeking to make the city more equitable, All In Denver, called for an audit of encampment sweeps towards the end of 2020.

3. Denver's pizza scene is evolving, fast
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A lot has changed in the Mile High City over the past ten years, including Jason McGovern's business, Denver Deep Dish, now situated at 1200 West 38th Avenue, which was renamed to Crush Pizza & Tap in 2018 to broaden its appeal.

Crush now offers hand-tossed, Sicilian, gluten-free and deep-dish pizzas. McGovern has attempted nearly all options, embarking on a mission to consume pizza at least once every day for two months straight in December 2018. He believes that Denver could become known for its pizza.

4. University Of Denver To Require Flu Vaccine: ‘We’re Taking This Seriously’

Colorado University is mandating that everyone on campus get an additional vaccine shot as cold and flu season approaches.

Health officials from the University of Denver announced earlier this month that they would make it required for all students and staff to receive a flu vaccine by mid-December. DU's strict policy against COVID-19 requires students and staff to take a saliva test every nine days and states that it would bring back the flu vaccine requirement this year due to similar symptoms between COVID and the flu.

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