Colorado Governor Allows All Adults To Receive Vaccine Boosters
Governor of Colorado Jared PolisJared Schutz PolisColorado Implements Crisis Care Plan for Staff Shortages Overnight Healthcare – Democrats Reach Deal on Drug Prices Colorado Governor Warns Against Care Rationing As Condition meets 80% PLUS vaccination threshold (D) signed an executive order authorizing any resident 18 years of age or older to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
Order, enacted Thursday, will require vaccinators to provide vaccines to any adult who received their Pfizer or Moderna vaccines six months before, or two months before for those who received a single Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
Booster shots were already available for Colorado residents aged 65 and older, those with special medical conditions, and those at high risk of exposure to the virus – according to federal recommendations.
Colorado announced Tuesday it is implementing crisis care standards in its healthcare system, as nearly 40% of hospitals expect shortages in the next week, state data shows. .
Polis stressed that vaccinations are a major tool in the fight against the latest wave of the virus, which state officials fear could overwhelm hospitals by the end of the year.
State epidemiologist Rachel Herlihy said Wednesday Colorado could reach 2,258 hospitalizations for COVID-19 by Jan. 1, a new pandemic record, the Associated Press reported.
About 1,426 COVID-19 patients are currently hospitalized in the state, the AP noted.
According to data from the Colorado Hospital Association, about 720 beds are left in intensive care and acute care units due to the increase in the delta variant and hospital staff shortages.