Everyone 18+ Should Get Booster Dose 6 Months After Receiving Pfizer or Moderna Vaccine & Two Months After Receiving J&J Vaccine
This week, Dr. Eric France, Chief Medical Officer at the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE), issued a statement urging Coloradans to get a COVID-19 booster as soon as they are eligible. According to CDPHE, because Colorado is a high risk area to live and work, everyone ages 18+ who received either Pfizer or Moderna at least 6 months ago or J&J at least two months ago is eligible for a booster dose.
“While being fully vaccinated already provides a great deal of protection against contracting or getting ill from COVID-19, we know protection wanes over time,” said Dr. Sarah Rowan, Medical Director, Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH). “The booster will give you added protection and help prevent a breakthrough case that could further the spread of the virus to others in your home or community.”
Similar to statewide trends, Jefferson County is experiencing a sustained high level of COVID-19 transmission. From November 1-7, there were 1,853 new cases of COVID-19 (315.9 per 100,000 persons) in the county. From October 19-November 1, there were an average of 2.0 hospitalizations per 100,000 persons, and currently about 95% of ICU beds in the Metro Area are in use due to hospitalization from COVID-19 or other health issues. For comparison, this time last year, about 86% of ICU beds in the Metro Area were reported as being in use.
“COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are surging at very concerning rates in our community, and vaccination is our strongest tool for getting it under control. I encourage everyone to get your booster when you’re eligible, and for those who have not yet received any COVID-19 vaccine, get one as soon as possible,” Dr. Rowan said. “Kids ages 5 and older are also able to get vaccinated, and if kids get a COVID-19 vaccine now they will have some protection in time to celebrate the holidays with friends and family.”
Last week, CDPHE and the Metro Denver Partnership for Health issued a Public Health Advisory due to steadily increasing cases and a concern for hospital bed capacity. The advisory calls on everyone to get vaccinated, to get a booster if eligible and to take other important steps like getting tested if symptomatic (even if symptoms are mild) and wearing a mask when in crowded public indoor spaces.
There are many ways to get a FREE COVID-19 vaccine, including a first, second or third dose, close to home. Visit www.jeffco.us/vaccinesignup to find a JCPH vaccination clinic or find more ways to get a vaccine at www.vaccinefinder.org.