My Fellow Coloradans,
While we gather to celebrate the upcoming holidays with those we care about, I encourage you to take simple steps to ensure the safety of yourself and your loved ones. As we enter the holiday season, our State is facing another wave of COVID-19 that is bringing heartache to many of our communities and straining our healthcare systems. Currently, approximately one in 49 Coloradans is infected with COVID-19.
Vaccines are still the best tool to keep yourself safe and protect those around you. The vast majority of hospitalizations and deaths among COVID patients are among those who are yet to receive a life-saving vaccine. While vaccines are very effective in preventing severe symptoms and hospitalizations, we know their effectiveness wanes over time. That is why we have made booster shots available for anyone over 18 in our State.
If it has been at least six months since your second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or two months since you received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, find a location or talk to your healthcare provider to receive a free booster.
Along with vaccines, we still need to take the simple steps we have become accustomed to that will allow us to curb the spread of COVID in our state. These include:
- Getting tested and not gathering with others if you are sick,
- Limiting large indoor gatherings,
- Wearing masks in public indoor settings, and practicing basic hygiene.
By taking simple steps to keep ourselves and loved ones safe, we can ensure this season remains one of joy.For more tips and information on how you can safely enjoy the holiday season, please visit the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and CDC websites.
I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving and following holiday season.
Gov. Jared Polis