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Age is no longer a barrier in Colorado to getting a booster shot. On Thursday, Nov. 11, Governor Jared Polis signed an Executive Order that ensures every adult Coloradan can get the safe and effective COVID-19 booster shot in order to protect public health, reduce transmission, preserve hospital capacity, and alleviate the stress on health care workers from the COVID-19 pandemic in Colorado. Up until this move, boosters were generally distributed for those age 65 and older, and those with underlying health conditions.

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“The health and safety of Coloradans has been my top priority throughout this global pandemic. We want to ensure that Coloradans have every tool they need to protect themselves from this deadly virus and to help reduce the stress on our hospitals and health care workers. Every Coloradans is now eligible to get the booster so they can protect themselves and their families,” said Polis.  “I was relieved to get the booster two weeks ago, and strongly encourage you to get it too.”

Polis signed another Executive Order declaring Colorado as high-risk for exposure or transmission of COVID-19, making every Coloradan who is 18 years of age and older and six months past their second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or two months past their Johnson & Johnson vaccine, eligible for the safe and effective COVID-19 booster.

The high-risk designation is in line with the current surge of COVID-19 across the state, causing the state’s health care system to move to crisis standards of care protocol earlier this week.

The order regarding boosters is aligned with CDPHE Chief Medical Officer Dr. Eric France’s statement earlier this week.

For more information about COVID and the vaccines, eligibility and appointments, see the links below, and visit our regular COVID Q&A column written by Dr. Lydia Segal:

In Chaffee County, where the surge of cases mirror’s the state, boosters are available at local pharmacies. Pharmacies are getting small shipments of vaccines.

Pharmacies with vaccine clinics:

Salida:  Safeway, Walmart and Salida Pharmacy

Buena Vista: Mt Shavano (LaGree’s), City Market, BV Drug and Valley-Wide Health,