The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Friday (Sept. 24) recommended vaccine booster shots for at-risk populations, based on evidence of waning vaccine effectiveness over time.
The CDC recommends seniors over 65 years old, residents in long-term care, and individuals aged 50-64 with certain underlying medical conditions should get booster shots of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine six months after their primary vaccine series.
The New Mexico Medical Advisory Team reviewed and endorsed the CDC recommendations, which have the support of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham.
The CDC also identified groups that may consider receiving booster shots, including individuals aged 18-49 who are at high-risk for severe COVID-19 due to underlying medical conditions, as well as individuals aged 18-64 who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission due to their occupational or institutional setting.
New Mexico is in the process of finalizing distribution plans that reflect the new CDC recommendations. More than 70 percent of state residents who have received the Pfizer primary series of vaccines will be eligible for boosters by Nov. 1.
The CDC and the New Mexico Department of Health warn against “mixing” one type of primary vaccine with another type of booster vaccine. The NMDOH also encourages New Mexicans to keep their vaccine records up-to-date.
For more information, call 1-855-600-3453 or visit vaccineNM.org.