Omicron boosters now available in Colorado

Claire Cleveland

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By Claire Cleveland / NewsBreak Denver

(Denver, CO) The omicron booster is now available in Colorado, including at 10 large-scale vaccination sites across the state.

“Just like the virus has evolved, so has the vaccine. Getting this latest vaccine will give you targeted protection from the COVID-19 variants circulating in Colorado right now,” said Scott Bookman, COVID-19 Incident Commander, in a press release.

“In addition to local pharmacies and health care providers, Coloradans will now be able to visit convenient community vaccination sites all over the state to get the best protection for the fall and winter.”

The sites can administer about 4,250 doses daily. Omicron booster shots are available for those who have been previously vaccinated and are at least two months out from their most recent COVD vaccine dose. For those who recently caught COVID, they should wait about three months to get their booster. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a calculator to help you determine when to get boosted. The Colorado sites also offer primary vaccine doses for those 6 months and older who haven’t been vaccinated yet and third doses for children 5 through 11.

Half of the sites are open and taking appointments as of September 9. The remaining sites will open over the next week.

Open sites:

  • Ball Arena
  • Address: 1000 Chopper Circle, Denver, CO 80204
  • Hours: Seven days a week, hours vary
  • Site type: Walk-up
  • Sign up for an appointment
  • Mesa County Community Services Building
  • Address: 510 29 1/2 Road, Grand Junction, CO 81504
  • Hours: Wednesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Site type: Indoors
  • Sign up for an appointment
  • Citadel Mall
  • Address: 680 Citadel Dr. E., Colorado Springs, CO 80909
  • Hours: Monday - Saturday, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Site type: Drive-thru; free testing also available
  • Sign up for an appointment
  • Front Range Community College
  • Address: 4616 S. Shields St., Fort Collins, CO 80526
  • Hours: Tuesday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Site type: Drive-thru
  • Sign up for an appointment
  • Pueblo Mall
  • Address: 3201 Dillon Drive, Pueblo, CO 81008
  • Hours: Monday - Saturday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Site type: Drive-thru; free testing also available
  • Sign up for an appointment

Coloradans can also get vaccinated at their primary care office, a community health center or a pharmacy. A list of vaccine providers and appointments can be found here.

Last week, the Food and Drug Administration approved an emergency use authorization for the new bivalent, or two-strain, formulations of the vaccines for use as a booster dose.

The new vaccine formulation contains components of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, one of the original strains, and components of the BA.4 and BA.5, also known as omicron, lineages of the virus, which fueled a massive spike in cases earlier this year.

“As we head into fall and begin to spend more time indoors, we strongly encourage anyone who is eligible to consider receiving a booster dose with a bivalent COVID-19 vaccine to provide better protection against currently circulating variants,” said FDA Commissioner Robert M. Califf.

The Moderna booster is authorized for people 18 years and older, while the Pfizer-BioNTech booster is approved for people 12 years and older.

Gov. Jared Polis got his booster on Wednesday at a community vaccination site at Ball Arena in Denver.

“I eagerly rolled up my sleeve to get the omicron vaccine dose because it’s a safe and easy way that I can protect my family, and our community, and have peace of mind,” Polis said in a press release. “These updated vaccines went through a thorough approval process and now we are thrilled they are finally available to protect Coloradans from the omicron variants.”

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Claire Cleveland is a Denver-based freelance writer with a background in health and science reporting. She's covered the pandemic extensively and local news in Colorado. Previously, Claire was a reporter and producer for Colorado Public Radio.

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