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Colorado has one of lowest COVID 19 case rates in country

Christian Fernsby |
Governor Jared Polis updated Coloradans on the rollout of Pfizer booster COVID 19 shots for those who are eligible and previously received a Pfizer shot.

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Per CDC recommendations, those aged 65 and older, and adults 50 64 years old with an underlying medical condition are eligible to receive a third dose.

Additionally, the CDC has authorized the Pfizer booster for those aged 18 and older who live in long term care facilities, those 18 49 with underlying medical conditions such as cancer, diabetes, or Down syndrome, among other conditions.

Those aged 18 to 64 who work in high risk settings including correctional facilities, health care, grocery stores, among other settings, are also eligible for a Pfizer booster.

“Colorado has one of the lowest COVID 19 case rates in the country, and our case numbers are moving in the right direction with a slight downward trend and that is a result of the work of Coloradans,” said Governor Polis.

“This remains a pandemic of the unvaccinated and that threatens our freedom your freedom to receive routine or lifesaving medical care like cancer treatment. Until more unvaccinated people do the right thing to protect themselves and our economy Coloradans should wear masks, get the booster and get tested if you have symptoms.”

Overall, Coloradans who were vaccinated as part of Phase 1B and earlier with the Pfizer shot are eligible for their Pfizer booster, which is still free and requires no ID or insurance to receive. Governor Polis continues to encourage the CDC to authorize a booster shot for all Coloradans who have already received a shot and to approve both a Moderna and Johnson & Johnson booster shot.

Dr. Emily Travanty, PhD, Scientific Director, Laboratory Services Division, CDPHE, provided an overview of Colorado’s nation leading COVID 19 testing program. Colorado’s state laboratory has significantly scaled its capacity to process COVID tests, with an average processing capacity of 39,000 tests per day, up from 160 tests per day at the beginning of the pandemic. Colorado can offer free testing to anyone at over 110 testing sites across the state. On average, Colorado is averaging 39,415 tests per day across these sites.


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