All Coloradans 16+ Will Be Eligible For COVID-19 Vaccine Starting Friday

All Coloradans aged 16 and over will be eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine starting Friday, Gov. Jared Polis announced Monday. Coloradans aged 16 or 17 may get the Pfizer vaccine, but not the Johnson & Johnson or Moderna vaccine. None of the vaccines have been approved for people 15 and younger.

Video Transcript

- Well, everyone will be eligible to get a COVID vaccine in Colorado this Friday. What a huge step forward in getting more people the vaccine, and getting our state back to normal. Today, Governor Polis said the state will be using more than 400,000 doses just this week. More doses, of course, are expected in the following weeks.

The governor thinks providers can get shots to every Coloradan who wants one within the next two months. All three vaccines on the market, from Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson, have been approved for people 18 years and older. So far though, only the Pfizer has been approved for 16 and 17-year-olds. That will be the only restriction for teenagers. Trials are happening right now for 12 to 15-year-olds.

The governor also announced that mask requirements might soon be determined by local governments, and not the state. The current state mandate is set to expire April 4.

JARED POLIS: Likely to have about a two-week extension of that mask order to get us to that point where we more formally devolve the authority. We're also expecting that we will continue the rest of the school year with the mask requirement in schools, because we don't want to risk the return to in-person education.

- Polis expects that shift to happen by April 16. He did say big events with more than 1,000 people, like Rockies' games, will require mask wearing.