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New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed an executive order on Firday (Nov. 12) expanding eligibility for COVID-19 booster shots for all adults in the state and extending the indoor public mask order through at least Dec. 10. Pictured: Joel Peters, an emergency room technician at Holy Cross Medical Center becomes one of the first frontline healthcare workers in Taos County to receive a shot of the Pfizer vaccine for COVID-19 in 2020.

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed an executive order on Friday (Nov. 12) extending eligibility for COVID-19 booster shots to all New Mexico residents 18 and older.

“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,” said Gov. Lujan Grisham. “I strongly encourage every New Mexican to register for a booster today – we have appointments available and are ready to get shots in arms.”

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended booster shots in September for at-risk populations, including people 65 years and older or who have underlying medical conditions. The CDC then expanded its criteria to include individuals 18 and over "who live or work in a high-risk setting."

New Mexico joined California and Colorado on Friday in extending eligibility to all adults. New Mexico Department of Health Acting Secretary Dr. David R. Scrase said the state expanded eligibility for another round of inoculations based upon a recent surge in cases of COVID-19 in the state. Taos also has seen a rise in cases, recording a 100 percent increase in cases from Oct. 26-Nov. 1.

"Providing boosters for adults will significantly increase levels of immunity protection across our state – and that’s essential for all of us. COVID-19 is incredibly opportunistic – and it’s our job to ensure that the virus has fewer and fewer opportunities to spread,” said Secretary Scrase. “If it’s time for you to get a booster, please do so right away.”

The state also referenced data that has shown the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines wane over time, which can lead to "breakthrough" cases.

New Mexicans 18 and over qualify for a booster if they received a Johnson & Johnson vaccine more than two months ago or completed a series of Pfizer or Moderna shots more than six months ago.

Health officials also approved COVID-19 vaccines for children ages 5-17.

The executive order signed on Friday also extends the requirement that New Mexicans wear masks in indoor public spaces through at least Dec. 10.

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