Booster Eligibility Extended to All Adults in New Mexico

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New Mexico has joined California and Colorado in making coronavirus vaccination booster eligibility available to all adults.

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham declared on Friday that all individuals were eligible for a coronavirus vaccination booster dose, The Hill reports.

Those who had the Johnson & Johnson vaccination two months ago, as well as those who received the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna shots six months ago, should go get a booster dose, according to the state.

In response to an increase in coronavirus infections, New Mexico, Colorado, and California have gone above and beyond federal recommendations for adult booster injections.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has only suggested booster doses for persons above the age of 65 and those who are at high risk of contracting the virus.

The CDC classifies a person as high risk based on their underlying health issues, where they reside, or their work.

“The number of cases is substantial, the spread rates are far too high, and the Delta variation is significantly more transmissible than earlier variants.” Furthermore, our hospitals are well past capacity, and some have proclaimed Crisis Standards of Care,” stated David R. Scrase, interim secretary of the New Mexico Department of Health. “Those characteristics unquestionably make New Mexico a high-risk environment.”

In addition to the booster eligibility, the state has extended the deadline for wearing an interior mask until December 10.

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