Colorado Is a High-Risk Workplace, So Now We All Qualify For Boosters
The entire state of Colorado is now considered a high risk workplace and living situation according to Governor Polis, so he's made all adults eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine booster.
According to a new executive order signed by the governor, it will now be easier for Coloradans to bypass federal and CDC guidelines and get the booster. The order affirms that the governor is 'declaring the entire state of Colorado high risk for exposure or transmission of coronavirus disease... for the purpose of a COVID-19 booster shot eligibility.'
The order states that Polis urges 'all Coloradans who are over 18 years of age and older to get a COVID-19 vaccine booster dose six months after receiving either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine and two months after receiving the Johnson & Johnson Janssen vaccine.' Previously, federal and CDC guidelines prioritized the booster only for those who are in high risk workplaces or living situations, or are in a high risk age or health group.
It's been confusing for us, and that's what Polis is attempting to diminish. I am now six months out from my vaccination, and I was contacted by the State of Colorado to get a booster. However, when I attempted to schedule a shot a few days ago, I was asked if I met the CDC's standards of someone who needed a booster. I answered 'no,' and then I was told I wasn't yet in a qualifying category to get one. But now, as 9NEWS' Kyle Clark noted, 'The Governor’s order clears the way for Coloradans to answer, 'Yeah, my whole state.''
Colorado continues to be one of the worst states in the country in terms of COVID-19 transmission, and reports state that the hospitalization numbers are being driven by mostly unvaccinated people.