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All Coloradans could get a COVID booster shot, health officials say

Every adult in Colorado is eligible — and encouraged — to receive a COVID-19 booster shot with the disease spreading rampant across the state, health officials say.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has instructed vaccine suppliers not to reject anyone over the age of 18 who wants a booster shot as long as it has been at least six months since their last dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.

For the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, Coloradans can receive a booster injection as long as it has been two months since their last injection.

dr. Eric France, CDPHE’s chief medical officer, said Tuesday that the recommendation is in line with federal guidelines.

One of the criteria established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for booster shot eligibility is for people who live or work in high-risk environments.

These were generally thought to be places like community care facilities. But France said CDC officials agreed with him that the entire state of Colorado should be considered a high-risk environment during the current COVID surge.

“From my perspective, the state of Colorado is an institution,” France said. “And within that setting there is very high exposure to COVID. So I recommend anyone 18 and older who needs to get the booster. And I believe that is still within the scope of the CDC recommendations.”

According to CDPHE, an estimated one in 48 Coloradans is actively infected with COVID-19.

About 1,400 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 on Tuesday afternoon, the highest number since December 2020. According to data from the CDPHE, 79% of them have not been vaccinated.

The state’s intensive care units are about 95% full, and the number of available ICU beds statewide hovers around or below 100.

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