The governor of Colorado allows all adults to get vaccine boosters

Colorado Gov. Jared PolisJared Schutz PolisColorado implements care standards crisis care in the midst of staff shortages Overnight Health Care – Democrats secure a deal on drug prices. Colorado’s governor warns of rationed care as state hits 80 percent vaccination threshold MORE (D) has signed a decree allowing any resident 18 years of age or older to receive COVID-19 vaccine booster shots.

The order, adopted Thursday, will require vaccine providers to give shots to any adult who received their Pfizer or Moderna shots six months before, or two months before, to those who received a single Johnson & Johnson shot.

Booster shots were already made available to Colorado residents aged 65 and older, those with special medical conditions and those at high risk of being exposed to the virus – in accordance with federal recommendations.

Colorado announced Tuesday that it was implementing crisis standards for care in its health care system, as nearly 40 percent of hospitals expect shortages within the next week, according to state data.

Police stressed that vaccinations are an important tool in the fight against the latest wave of the virus, which government officials worry could overwhelm hospitals by the end of the year.

State epidemiologist Rachel Herlihy said Wednesday that Colorado could hit 2,258 COVID-19 admissions by Jan. 1, a new pandemic height, 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 wards due to the increase in the delta variant and shortage of hospital staff.

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