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Colorado Gov opens COVID-19 vaccine boosters to all adults

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  • Colorado Gov. Jared Polis (D) issued an executive order Thursday opening up COVID-19 vaccine booster shots to all adults in the state.
  • “Because disease spread is so significant across Colorado, all Coloradans who are 18 years of age and older are at high risk and qualify for a booster shot,” Polis wrote in the order.
  • Pfizer’s booster is currently available to adults over the age of 65 and to younger adults in at-risk populations.

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis (D) issued an executive order Thursday opening up COVID-19 vaccine booster shots to all adults in the state. 

“Every Coloradan is now eligible to get the booster so they can protect themselves and their families,” Polis said in a statement. “I was relieved to get the booster two weeks ago, and strongly encourage you to get it too.”

Polis’ order declared the entire state at high risk for exposure or transmission of COVID-19 to make shots available to adults six months after their second dose of either Pfizer or Moderna’s vaccine, or two months after receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

“Because disease spread is so significant across Colorado, all Coloradans who are 18 years of age and older are at high risk and qualify for a booster shot,” Polis wrote in the order. 

“With an estimated 1 in 67 Coloradans infected, it is likely that nearly all Coloradans are exposed to COVID-19 where they live or work,” he added. 

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Approximately 79 percent of Colorado’s eligible population has received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine while 72 percent is fully vaccinated, according to state data

Pfizer’s boosters are currently available to adults over the age of 65 and to younger adults in at-risk populations. But Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech submitted a request to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday to open their COVID-19 booster to all adults 18 and older.

Slightly more than 13 percent of the U.S. population has received a coronavirus vaccine booster. 


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