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All New Mexicans ages 16 and up can now schedule COVID-19 vaccine appointments at their leisure, the New Mexico Department of Health announced on Monday (April 26) in a press release. Residents can go to vaccineNM.org and log in using their birthday and confirmation number. After choosing a location, users can then select from a list of area appointments.

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The New Mexico Department of Health on Monday announced that vaccineNM.org registrants who are 40 years and older can now schedule their own COVID-19 vaccine appointments.

To do so, users simply log in to vaccineNM.org using their confirmation code and date of birth, choose their location, and then select from available appointments in their area. Event codes for New Mexicans 40 and older are no longer required, though they are required for younger populations.

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New MexiCann Natural Medicine is closing medical cannabis dispensaries in Northern New Mexico following an explosion in October that severely injured workers and led to criminal charges against the company's executive director.

Carlos Gonzales, 56, of Santa Fe was charged in February with two felony counts of arson. Earlier that month, the state Department of Health said it was considering revoking the company's production and sales license because of the fire, which was the second in five years at New MexiCann's headquarters in Santa Fe.

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On Tuesday (April 13), the New Mexico Department of Health announced it will be "pausing" the Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine release.

The decision came after the Centers for Disease Control and the Food and Drug Administration both recommended that states temporarily halt the rollout of the company's vaccine due to concerns over "rare and severe" blood clots.

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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.

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The New Mexico Department of Health provided an assessment of the state's recent vaccination efforts to combat the almost one-year long COVID-19 pandemic.

And after a directive issued on Tuesday (March 2) by President Joseph R. Biden that prioritizes vaccinations for teachers across the nation, the state is making plans to return to full in-person learning with support from the federal government.

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New Mexico Department of Health Secretary-Designate Dr. Tracie C. Collins, and Human Services Department Secretary Dr. David R. Scrase will provide a COVID-19 webinar update Wednesday (Feb. 17), at 1 p.m. They will discuss the latest data around COVID-19 cases and the vaccines. 

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The town of Taos is ramping up it’s COVID testing efforts, and will be offering free drive-through testing every Wednesday in February, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Taos Youth and Family Center parking lot (407 Paseo del Cañon East). The town is also offering free at-home saliva tests for anyone who feels they may need one and doesn’t want to leave their house.