COVID booster shots allowed for all adults in California, Colorado and New Mexico

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Three states — California, Colorado and New Mexico — are permitting COVID-19 booster shots for all adults, regardless that federal well being officers advocate limiting shots to sufferers thought of most in danger. The three states have a few of the nation’s highest charges of recent COVID infections.

“This is really a critical moment in the pandemic,” Colorado Governor Jared Polis mentioned. “It has never been more dangerous for the unvaccinated than it is right now.”

Polis signed an government order Thursday declaring Colorado a high-risk COVID state and making each Coloradan who is eighteen or older eligible for a booster shot. 

California took the identical step. State Public Health Officer Tomás Aragón instructed suppliers and native well being officers they need to “allow patients to self-determine their risk of exposure.”

“Do not turn a patient away who is requesting a booster” if they’re 18 or older and acquired a second Moderna or Pfizer shot over six months in the past, or received a Johnson & Johnson shot two months in the past, he wrote in a letter.

New Mexico’s governor additionally signed an executive order Friday expanding booster shot eligibility.

The state actions defy steering by the FDA and CDC, which final month licensed that solely seniors and different higher-risk adults have been eligible for booster shots.

In different states, there are calls to transcend the age restrictions the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has required, Michael George experiences for “CBS Saturday Morning.”

“I would recommend it for all adults and I’m hopeful that we soon have that policy here,” mentioned Dr. Paul Sax of Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Massachusetts, the place Dr. Sax works, noticed every day instances go from 79 in July to over 1,700 a day this week. The numbers are more and more typical of COVID’s unpredictability.

“We’re in an odd place where we may be seeing a version of our future,” mentioned Dr. Robert Wachter, chairman of the Department of Medicine on the University of California, San Francisco. “And I don’t say that with any great joy, because we still have 25,000 cases a day and a thousand deaths a day in the United States.”

“As I look at the forces that are going to make things better, more vaccinations, boosters, vaccinating the kids, maybe some new medications coming… I also see some counterbalancing forces that … make things worse,” he mentioned. “People becoming less careful. Immunity waning. … I kind of think this may be a version of our life that we experience for the next few years.”

COVID hospitalizations rose in at the very least 14 states final week over the week earlier than. Michigan is at a six-month excessive. In unvaccinated areas of Minnesota, regional hospitals are over-taxed.

“We are essentially at 100% capacity,” mentioned Dr. Bret Haake, Chief Medical Officer at Regions Hospital in Saint Paul. “We’ve been that way for weeks.”

Federal well being officers worry a potential winter surge as extra folks transfer their actions indoors.

“My advice to anyone going into the holidays is that anybody who’s unvaccinated should get vaccinated,” Haake mentioned. “If I could wave a wand and have everybody vaccinated within a week, this would go away. ” 

Contributing: The Associated Press

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