COLORADO — Booster shots, available at pharmacies and clinics in Colorado, are the best defense against COVID-19 illnesses as the omicron variant of the coronavirus spreads across the country, according to health officials.
Breakthrough COVID-19 cases from the omicron variant — infections among the vaccinated — are less common among people who have received their third vaccination shots, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Vaccines and booster doses are free, and no identification, proof of residency, or insurance is required.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, said Friday the Pfizer and Moderna booster shots work well against the omicron variant and that there’s no need for a specific vaccine to fight it.
Several of the large community vaccination sites are offering up to 1,000 doses per day on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Advance appointments are available and strongly encouraged, and the sites can accommodate walk-up vaccinations as inventory allows, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment said.
All the community vaccination sites offer Pfizer for Coloradans ages 12 and older, Pfizer for children ages 5-11, Johnson & Johnson, and Moderna doses, the agency said. Anyone over the age of 18 who is six months past their second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine series or two months beyond a dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine should get a booster dose, officials said.
Some of Colorado's largest vaccination sites include:
Aurora Municipal Center, 15151 E Alameda Pkwy, Aurora
Chapel Hills Mall, 1710 Briargate Blvd, Colorado Springs
Douglas County Fairgrounds, 500 Fairgrounds Road, Castle Rock
Pueblo Mall, 3201 Dillon Drive, Pueblo
Visit the state's vaccine finder page for complete dates and hours of operation.
COVID-19 vaccines are now available at additional community sites offering varying capacities, including:
Ball Arena, 1000 Chopper Cir, Denver (500 doses per day)
Jefferson Marketplace, 8194 S. Kipling Pkwy., Littleton (250 doses per day)
Arapahoe Community College, 5900 S Santa Fe Drive, Littleton (250 doses per day)
Citadel Mall, 680 Citadel Dr E, Colorado Springs (parking lot next to JCPenney) (250 doses per day)
La Plata County Fairgrounds, 2500 Main Ave, Durango (250 doses per day)
Mesa County Community Services Building, 510 29 1/2 Road, Grand Junction (250 doses per day)
Weld County Clerk and Recorder Building, 1250 H Street, Greeley (250 doses per day)
The Department of Health and Human Services has a text line that can help you find a pharmacy with vaccines. Text your ZIP code to 438829 to find a vaccine appointment in your neighborhood.
You can also visit vaccinefinder.org for a map of vaccine providers near you.
“We want everyone to know they can easily access a life-saving COVID-19 vaccine or booster dose at our large community sites, and that we have ample supply to accommodate more Coloradans,” said Heather Roth, immunization branch chief with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
“Data has shown that vaccines and booster doses are the most effective way to protect against COVID-19 and help slow the spread of disease throughout the state. These clinics operate to make it easier for Coloradans to get COVID-19 vaccines and stay up to date on their booster dose.”
>> More information about how to get vaccinated in Colorado can be found here.