DENVER (CBS4)– Gov. Jared Polis announced the COVID-19 vaccine booster shot program for Colorado on Monday afternoon. He said that the boosters would be here by Sept. 20 for Pfizer recipients and Moderna a few weeks later.
There is no timeline for a Johnson & Johnson booster.READ MORE: Denver Tied 126-Year-Old Record High Saturday, Lands In Top 5 For 90 Degree Days
Polis said that boosters are especially important for Pfizer recipients and those who have weaker immune systems.
“The benefits outweigh the costs overwhelmingly and the FDA needs to get out of their ivory tower and realize there’s a real-life pandemic with over 900 hospitalizations in Colorado, tens of thousands across the country… We have the ability to end it,” said Polis.READ MORE: Police, Firefighters, Rescue Teams Continue Search For Diana Brown, Missing Flash Floods Ripped Through Poudre Canyon
According to the governor’s office, “A third dose of the vaccine allows the immunocompromised to achieve the same level of protection from the COVID-19 virus that healthy people have with two doses. 2.4% of Coloradans have received boosters to date.”
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Booster shots will be available at drive-thru sites, pharmacies, hospitals and some doctor’s offices.