By Jennifer McRae

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.

A healthcare Worker hands in surgical gloves pulling COVID-19 vaccine liquid from vial to vaccinate a patient.

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There is no timeline for a Johnson & Johnson booster.

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Polis said that boosters are especially important for Pfizer recipients and those who have weaker immune systems.

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“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.

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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.”

More than 75% of all eligible Coloradans have received at least one dose of the vaccine so far.

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Booster shots will be available at drive-thru sites, pharmacies, hospitals and some doctor’s offices.

Jennifer McRae