The CDC's independent Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices has officially recommended the use of Pfizer-BioNTech's COVID-19 Vaccine for people 12 and older and CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky accepted those recommendations.
Scheduling and registration for the 12-15 year old age group in New Mexico has been opened up and is now available on the Statewide Registration Application: cvvaccine.nmhealth.org.
State launches new website for Trusted Voices campaign
Neighbors, colleagues, friends share experiences with COVID-19 and vaccination
The New Mexico Department of Health announced the launch of a new website for its popular Trusted Voices campaign. The site, TrustedVoicesNM.org, allows New Mexicans to share their stories about the impact COVID-19 and vaccination have had on their lives and communities.
"My favorite thing about Trusted Voices is not just the message, but the messengers," said Department of Health Secretary Dr. Tracie Collins. "This project has been a grassroots effort from the start, and continues to grow and evolve to reach every corner of New Mexico. Anyone, from any corner of the state, can share their story in any language."
The Trusted Voices microsite allows New Mexicans to record and submit their own one-minute videos, making it a great way to connect with your community in ways social media alone cannot. Your video may be seen online, but you may also have the opportunity to be heard on local radio or other news outlets.
For information and instructions on how you can get involved and be among New Mexico's Trusted Voices, visit TrustedVoicesNM.org. The full list of published videos is also available on YouTube.
COVID hasn't killed the stomach flu
Norovirus outbreaks increasing in New Mexico
The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) is investigating multiple outbreaks of norovirus around the state. The Department is recommending precautions be taken, especially around the very young, the elderly and those at any age with weakened immune systems. They are at risk for more serious illness due to norovirus infection.
Norovirus is a highly contagious disease often called the "stomach flu" with symptoms such as nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Noroviruses are spread easily from person to person. The CDC cautions that noroviruses can be transmitted by infected people, contaminated food or water, or just by touching contaminated surfaces.
"With more people vaccinated against COVID-19 and returning to public life, this common illness is making a comeback," said Department of Health Secretary Dr. Tracie Collins."Unlike COVID-19 however, there is no vaccination to help prevent norovirus infection."
The best way to prevent norovirus spread is frequent handwashing - and it's important to note, hand sanitizer does NOT work against norovirus.
A message from the EC-COAD
Free drive-thru oral swab test
Every WEDNESDAY during the month of JUNE from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Taos Youth and Family Center
Painless, self-administered oral swab test.
Results delivered electronically within 48 hours of receipt at the lab.
NO-COST COVID TESTING FOR ALL NEW MEXICANS
New Mexico and Vault Medical Services offer at-home COVID-19 saliva testing for any person who believes they need to be tested, with or without symptoms, at no cost. Order a test online.
COVID-19 VACCINE DASHBOARD
Stay up-to-date about the state's vaccination effort, including the number of vaccines administered: cvvaccine.nmhealth.org/public-dashboard.html.
-- Compiled by Taylor Hood