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Vaccine booster available immediately to those eligible


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Healthcare providers in New Mexico can immediately begin offering booster shots of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to eligible people, the New Mexico Department of Health said Monday.

On Friday, the New Mexico Medical Advisory Team endorsed recommendations by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control of those who are eligible for the Pfizer booster shot. NMDOH backed up those recommendations Monday in a press release.

The booster is for those who have completed the primary series of Pfizer vaccine at least six months ago. Those who should receive the booster shot are people age 65 and older; long-term care residents age 18 and older; and people age 50 to 64 with underlying health conditions.

Underlying health conditions include cancer; chronic diseases of the kidney, lungs or liver; dementia or other neurological conditions; diabetes; Down syndrome; heart conditions; HIV infection; a weakened immune system; obesity; pregnancy; sickle cell disease; organ or stem cell transplant; and stroke.

Other groups of people that may receive the booster shot are those age 18 to 49 with underlying medical conditions, and those 18 to 64 years old at higher increased risk of exposure to COVID-19 because of their jobs.

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Occupations considered at high risk include first responders, education staff, food and agriculture workers, manufacturing workers, corrections workers, U.S. Postal Service workers, public transit workers and grocery store workers, the press release said.

Those who are eligible can contact their primary care physicians, their specialist physician or pharmacy to schedule a booster.

NMDOH is asking providers to prioritize those who are 65 and older and those age 50 to 64 with underlying health conditions.

A booster shot can also be scheduled through the NMDOH registration website, vaccinenm.org, or by calling the NMDOH hotline at 1-855-600-3453.

The COVID-19 vaccine can be given along with the annual flu vaccine.

In the daily case update Monday, the NMDOH reported 1,548 new cases of COVID-19 for Saturday, Sunday and Monday. That included 75 new cases for Chaves County.

In southeast New Mexico, Curry County reported 54 cases, Eddy County had 69, Lea County had 56, Lincoln County had 26, Quay County had 12 and Roosevelt had nine.

Across the state, Bernalillo County had 452 cases for the three days, Doña Ana had 110 and San Juan had 141.

The total number of cases in the state since March 2020 is 250,774, including 11,833 in Chaves County.

Fifteen deaths related to COVID-19 were reported in Monday’s update. Six were from Bernalillo County. Eddy, Lea and Sandoval counties each reported two deaths and McKinley, Otero and San Juan counties each reported one death.

The total number of deaths in the state is 4,764 including 188 in Chaves County.

As of Monday, 273 people were hospitalized for COVID-19 in the state.

City/RISD reporter Juno Ogle can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or reporter04@rdrnews.com.

To keep up with local coverage of the coronavirus, go to rdrnews.com/category/news/covid-19-situation/.

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