NEW VACCINE GUIDELINES FROM DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
The New Mexico Department of Health on Thursday announced that going forward, New Mexicans 60 years and older with a chronic condition that places them at severe risk of COVID-related health complications will be prioritized for vaccination appointments within the larger pool of New Mexicans with a chronic health condition.
Currently, four groups of New Mexicans are eligible for vaccine:
- Phase 1A (primarily health care workers)
- New Mexicans 75 years and older
- Educators, early childhood professionals, and school staff
- New Mexicans with a chronic health condition
The new prioritization affects New Mexicans in the last of these groups – New Mexicans with a chronic health condition. More than a quarter of New Mexico’s population falls into this category; in order to ensure that vaccine goes to those who are most at risk of COVID-related health complications, DOH will prioritize vaccine appointments for those who are 60 years and older with a health condition that places them at severe risk of COVID-related health complications.
The full list of qualifying chronic health conditions is available at vaccineNM.org
Going forward, New Mexicans 60 years and older with a chronic condition in the “Increased Risk of Severe Illness” category will be prioritized.