With omicron concerns rising, Polis says booster shot may become requirement for full vaccination status

Gov. Jared Polis on Meet the Press. Sunday, 12-19-2021.

Three shots may be the new requirement for Coloradans to be considered “fully vaccinated” against COVID-19. That’s according to Gov. Jared Polis, who spoke on NBC's Meet the Press this Sunday about the omicron variant. 

“I wish they’d stop talking about [the third vaccine shot] as a booster,” Polis said. “It really is a three-dose vaccine. And every piece of data we’re seeing shows that that’s the case.” 

When pressed on whether the state would start to require a third shot for full vaccination status, Polis responded, “That’s certainly where it’s headed.”

Currently, most health care workers and state employees must meet the "fully vaccinated" standard or take two COVID-19 tests per week. 

Nearly 70 percent of eligible Coloradans ages 5 and older have gotten two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. Seventy-six percent of Coloradans have at least one dose, and 1.2 million Coloradans have received a booster.

Last week, Colorado surpassed 10,000 deaths due to COVID-19.

Amid an omicron surge in the NBA, Sunday's Nuggets game was postponed.

The NBA postponed Sunday’s game between the Denver Nuggets and the Brooklyn Nets due to COVID-19 protocols. This is the Nuggets' first game to be postponed because of the pandemic. 

Ten Brooklyn players are in COVID-19 protocols and unavailable to play, including all-stars Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and James Harden. Brooklyn’s game on Tuesday versus the Washington Wizards is also postponed.

Denver’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder is still on schedule for Wednesday. 

The Nuggets are the second professional sports team in Colorado to see their schedule change due to COVID-19. Last week, the Avalanche announced they were postponing all games until after Christmas.

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