Governor Polis on FDA Approval of Moderna & Pfizer COVID-19 Boosters for All Adults

Friday, November 19, 2021

DENVER - Governor Jared Polis released the following statement upon reports that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized booster doses of Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine for all adults.

“The science is clear: everyone who got two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine needs a third dose for continued protection. While it has been frustrating to watch an unelected board delay necessary boosters for Americans, today I’m glad to see the FDA finally take the right step forward in further protecting all Americans from COVID-19. In Colorado, booster doses are already available to every adult who wants one, as the science and data have been clear that an additional dose of this lifesaving, free, and effective vaccine offers additional immunity.  Get your booster before Thanksgiving and before the holiday season. I urge the CDC to act quickly on the FDA’s recommendation and approve COVID-19 boosters for everyone.”

All adults in Colorado have been eligible to receive a booster COVID-19 shot after Governor Polis issued an Executive Order Nov. 11 ensuring that everyone could get a booster to protect public health, reduce transmission, preserve hospital capacity, and alleviate the stress on health care workers


Now the FDA will use the advisory panel’s recommendation to determine full FDA authorization of the Pfizer and Moderna booster dose for all adults. Next, the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and CDC Director Rochelle P. Walensky will review the FDA’s recommendation.