Denver, Colorado 2021-10-22 20:17:15 –
On Friday, state public health officials began sending text notifications to Coloradans, which states that the state plans to administer a COVID-19 vaccine booster.
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment announced on Friday that text notifications will be sent over the next 13 days to those whose Colorado immune information system records indicate that:
- Over 18 years old and over 6 months past the Pfizer or Moderna series
- 18+, at least 2 months after Johnson & Johnson’s shot
The State Department of Health said in a statement that a text message from number 45778 would be sent to more than one million Coloradans.
On Thursday, the CDC announced that it would recommend COVID-19 booster shots for “specific groups.” This is narrower than Colorado’s text advisory, which tells recipients over the age of 18 that they need a booster.
CDC approval stipulates that the following groups who have been vaccinated with Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 and who have been vaccinated for more than 6 months since the second shot should receive booster immunization.
- 65 years of age or older
- 18 years old or older living in a long-term care facility
- 18 years and older with specific underlying illness
- 18+ who work or live in a high-risk environment
Booster shots are recommended for approximately 15 million people who have been vaccinated once nationwide with the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, and for those who are 18 years of age or older and who have been vaccinated more than two months ago.
Colorado health officials said the “green light for boosters over a wide area of the population” was partly based on the CDC’s Thursday recommendations.
“The state warns everyone within the eligibility timeline because there is no way to know if people are working in a high-risk environment or have an underlying medical history.” A state health official spokesman said in an email. “The state has enough stock to provide boosters to eligible people while continuing to provide first and second doses to those who have completed the first vaccine series.”
The text for Pfizer and Moderna recipients states, “State public health records indicate that the primary COVID vaccine series was completed at least 6 months ago. If completed, booster immunization is required. The message then directs the recipient to the state website listing the vaccination sites.
Also on Friday, Governor Jared Polis urged Coronadan to be vaccinated and that already vaccinated residents to go to boosters.
“Safe and effective vaccines, and now boosters, are a ticket to safety and the best way to avoid overwhelming our healthcare system,” Police said in a news release. “This is a very dangerous time for unvaccinated people. Vaccine today or get a booster. You can save your life and the lives of your loved ones.”
Police said he “eagerly rolled up his sleeves” to receive a booster shot on Friday.
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