Colorado calls on all vaccinated adults to get COVID boosters

Colorado health officials declared Monday evening that the entire state is a high-risk environment for COVID-19 and called on vaccinated adults to get booster shots to help fend off the virus once enough time has elapsed since their original inoculation. Dr. Eric France, the state’s chief medical officer, said in a news release that the whole state is experiencing a […]

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Colorado could stop elective surgeries next week

If Colorado’s COVID-19 situation doesn’t improve in the next few days, the state could call in federal backup, stop nonemergency surgeries or even allow hospitals to ration care, Gov. Jared Polis said Thursday. As of Thursday afternoon, 1,167 people were hospitalized with confirmed COVID-19 in Colorado. That’s 24 fewer than yesterday, but it’s not unusual for numbers to bounce around, […]

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Colorado sent me a text about a COVID-19 booster. Can I get one?

Last Friday, the state health department started sending out notifications to people who might be eligible for a COVID-19 booster shot — but some found they didn’t qualify when they tried to make an appointment with their doctors. Scott Bookman, Colorado’s COVID-19 incident commander, said getting a text message isn’t a guarantee you’re eligible for a booster, but a nudge […]

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Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine more than 90% effective in kids

Kid-size doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine appear safe and nearly 91% effective at preventing symptomatic infections in 5- to 11-year-olds, according to study details released Friday as the U.S. considers opening vaccinations to that age group. The shots could begin in early November — with the first children in line fully protected by Christmas — if regulators give the go-ahead. […]

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Colorado summer festivals linked to 300 COVID-19 cases

Colorado’s summer festivals didn’t turn into COVID-19 super-spreader events, though at least 300 people who attended were infected. While the data from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment isn’t comprehensive — some people who were infected probably didn’t get tested, and contact tracing may not have linked all cases together — it’s an encouraging sign that largely outdoor […]

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White House details plans to vaccinate 28M children age 5-11 – The Denver Post

By ZEKE MILLER WASHINGTON (AP) — Children age 5 to 11 will soon be able to get a COVID-19 shot at their pediatrician’s office, local pharmacy and potentially even their school, the White House said Wednesday as it detailed plans for the expected authorization of the Pfizer shot for younger children in a matter of weeks. Federal regulators will meet […]

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Kaiser Permanente Colorado nurse union suit alleges understaffing

A union representing about 2,000 employees of Kaiser Permanente Colorado filed a lawsuit Thursday alleging that a lack of staffing was delaying care for patients. United Food and Commercial Workers Local 7, which represents nurses, pharmacists and other providers who aren’t physicians, alleged “chronic staffing shortages” that put patients at risk. It alleged nurses at an infusion center were overworked […]

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Boosters, employer mandates drive increase in U.S. COVID vaccines

The number of Americans getting COVID-19 vaccines has steadily increased to a three-month high as seniors and people with medical conditions seek boosters, and government and employer mandates push more workers to take their first doses. Demand is expected to spike in a few weeks if regulators authorize the Pfizer vaccine for elementary school children, and some states are reopening […]

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Pfizer asks U.S. to allow COVID shots for kids ages 5 to 11 – The Denver Post

Pfizer asked the U.S. government Thursday to allow use of its COVID-19 vaccine in children ages 5 to 11 — and if regulators agree, shots could begin within a matter of weeks. Many parents and pediatricians are clamoring for protection for children younger than 12, today’s age cutoff for the vaccine made by Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech. Not […]

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