Vaccine eligibility to expand to all New Mexicans on Monday

Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine as seen at the Taos Living Center Jan. 4.

The New Mexico Department of Health announced Wednesday (March 31) that all New Mexicans 16 and older will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine beginning Monday (April 5). Phases 1A, 1B and 1C have been eligible so far, but on Monday, phase two will be eligible.

“President Biden directed states to make all adults eligible for [a] vaccine by May 1. New Mexico will meet that mark nearly a month early,” said DOH Cabinet Secretary Dr. Tracie Collins in a press release.

The New Mexico Department of Health said it will continue prioritizing residents in the initial 1A, 1B and 1C phases, residents over 75 years of age, and residents 60 and older with chronic health conditions. The DOH said they are moving to Phase 2 because they are unable to fill appointments for phases 1A, 1B or 1C.

The CDC has also told states to expect significant increases in vaccine supply, including an influx of Johnson & Johnson single-shot vaccines.

To register to receive the vaccine, go to vaccineNM.org.

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