All New Mexico adults now eligible for COVID-19 booster shots; indoor mask mandate extended | KOB 4

All New Mexico adults now eligible for COVID-19 booster shots; indoor mask mandate extended

KOB Web Staff
Updated: November 12, 2021 10:08 PM
Created: November 12, 2021 01:39 PM

SANTA FE, N.M. – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed an executive order Friday expanding COVID-19 booster shot eligibility to all New Mexico adults. 

“As we have throughout this unpredictable and unprecedented global pandemic, we always stand ready to quickly implement new tools and policies in our fight against this terrible disease,” Gov. Lujan Grisham said. “I strongly encourage every New Mexican to register for a booster today – we have appointments available and are ready to get shots in arms.”

New Mexico is joining other states, like California and Colorado, that have also made boosters available to all adults 18 and older.

New Mexicans adults may now schedule a booster shot if:  

  • They received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine more than two months ago OR
  • They completed the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine series more than six months ago

The state's indoor mask mandate has also been extended through at least Dec. 10.

New Mexicans can sign up for initial vaccinations and booster shots at VaccineNM.org. Instructions for scheduling children’s vaccinations are also available here.  

KOB 4 went on the state's vaccine website shortly after the announcement was made to find out how easy it would be to schedule a booster shot appointment. When logging on to vaccineNM.org, we noticed that some Albuquerque locations have no availability for months. The same goes for Santa Fe and all three of its vaccination locations.

A spokesperson for the state Department of Health told KOB 4 that there are thousands of appointments available across the state. However, some providers have been hesitant to schedule those appointments until they receive their shipments of the booster. Adding that as more supply comes in, there will be more availability.

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