NMDOH hosts teen vaccine event in Santa Fe

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The New Mexico Department of Health hosted an event aimed at getting 16 and 17-year-olds vaccinated.

Health officials at Desert Sage Academy distributed 600 vaccines Saturday.

Some parents said they brought their kids to get vaccinated so they can have some peace of mind.

"I already had mine, so I wanted to get my kids vaccinated. I feel a little bit better when they go to school and everything. He is in school right now,” said Jessie, a parent.

"I feel so relieved. He’s gonna have a job this summer. He’s gonna work at Cliff’s and I really want him to be vaccinated, so he can be safe for his first job," said Elisa Roback, another parent.

Some teens echoed the same sentiments as their parents.

"Yeah, I feel safer because I’ll keep myself safe at school, my family and I keep my friends safe at school, and yeah—It’s better for me all way around," said Santiago, a teen who received the vaccine.

More events like this will be coming in the near future.

A parent or guardian must be present for a teen to receive their shot.

NMDOH is encouraging parents to register their teens for the vaccine.

To register, click here.