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November 22, 2021 11:03 AM

FDA and CDC Expand Booster Eligibility to All 18 and Older

(November 22, 2021) – Last week, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) authorized both the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines for use of a single booster dose...

... for all individuals 18 years of age and older after completing a primary FDA-authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccination series. The following eligibility applies for all individuals 18 years of age or older across the United States:

• Moderna recipients who received their second dose at least six months ago.
• Pfizer recipients who received their second dose at least six months ago.
• Johnson and Johnson recipients who received their initial dose at least two months ago.

Governor Jared Polis had already authorized this group of Coloradans for boosters through executive order on Thursday, November 11. The authorization came as the state has seen a sustained increase in COVID cases and boosters can offer additional protection from breakthrough cases.

“Vaccination is the most important protection against COVID-19 and the long-term side effects of COVID-19,” said Public Health Director Grace Franklin. “While boosters are important for recharging your system’s immune response and preventing breakthrough infections, the initial series is effective and critical to protecting everybody from hospitalization and death due to COVID-19.”

Public Health will continue to offer vaccine clinics through the end of the year. These clinics will offer first, second, third, and booster doses as well as pediatric doses for the 5- to 11-year-old group.

Read the full press release for upcoming clinics and more.

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