The CDC officially expanded COVID-19 Pfizer booster recommendations for everyone 16 and older to help broaden and strengthen the protection against omicron and other variants. At this time, this authorizes the use of a single booster dose to individuals at least six months after completion of primary vaccination with the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine.
The FDA found that a booster dose was safe and effective in 16 and 17 year olds. Maintaining a robust immune response, in as many individuals in the community as possible, is a critical tool to help manage the pandemic. Coloradans who have received a COVID-19 vaccine booster dose are 47.5 times less likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19 than people who haven’t been vaccinated at all. Those who are eligible should get their booster dose as soon as possible and prior to holiday gatherings. It takes two weeks for a booster dose to build maximum protection.
Coloradans should get a booster dose if they:
- Are 16 or older and received their second dose of Pfizer at least six months ago
- Are 18 and older and received their second dose of Moderna at least six months ago
- Are 18 or older and received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least two months ago
Pitkin County Public Health is partnering with Community Health Services and scheduling the State’s Vaccination bus to administer initial series and booster dose vaccinations throughout the winter season. Make sure to monitor our Get Vaccinated page to schedule you and your families’ COVID-19 initial or booster vaccine dose.