All Colorado adults are now eligible for a COVID-19 booster shot if they received a second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine at least six months ago, or received a Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least two months ago, according to an executive order issued Wednesday by Governor Jared Polis.
In the order, Polis declared Colorado to be at high risk for exposure and transmission of COVID-19, with an estimated one in 67 Coloradans infected. This level of infection makes it “probable that nearly all Coloradans will be exposed to COVID-19 where they live or work,” driving the state’s expansion of booster shot eligibility, the order reads.
This boostershot news comes just over a week after the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Nov. 2 approval of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11.
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Spurred on by the highly contagious delta strain of COVID-19, Colorado is in a significant wave of disease. Across Colorado, 1,492 people were hospitalized with COVID-19, with 632 more hospital beds statewide, according to Wednesday’s order.
In Larimer County, COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations have steadily increased since this summer. On Friday, Larimer County reported 122 COVID-19 patients in its hospitals, matching the county’s previous hospitalization record during the worst COVID-19 wave last fall and winter.
After a small drop in the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations earlier this week, 119 COVID-19 patients were reported at Larimer County hospitals on Wednesday.
Following increased demand for booster shots, all booster appointments available through the county health department were full until next week, county health department spokesman Kori Wilford told the Coloradoan on Thursday.
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