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State expands COVID booster shot eligibility

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As new cases of COVID-19, related deaths and hospitalizations continue to rise, New Mexico will begin offering vaccine booster shots to all adults.

Friday’s daily case update from the New Mexico Department of Health, which covered Thursday’s Veterans Day holiday and Friday, reported 3,524 new cases of COVID-19, an average of 1,762 cases each day. Twenty-one deaths, including two in Chaves County, and 508 hospitalizations were also reported. Hospitalizations had not been over 500 since the end of January.

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Friday signed an executive order expanding the booster eligibility, according to a press release from her office. The public health order was also updated, extending the indoor mask order through at least Dec. 10.

Under Lujan Grisham’s executive order, all New Mexicans over the age of 18 can schedule a booster shot if they received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine more than two months ago or their second dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccines more than six months ago.

Current guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend booster shot eligibility for those 65 and older, or those 18 and older who live in long-term care settings, have underlying medical conditions or who live or work in high-risk settings.

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New Mexico joins California and Colorado in opening eligibility to all adults.

Appointments to get a booster shot can be made through a private health care provider, pharmacy or the state’s vaccine portal at www.vaccinenm.org. Those without internet access can call 855-600-3453.

In the Friday case update, all 33 New Mexico counties reported new cases Thursday and Friday, including 103 in Chaves County. That was the highest report in southeast New Mexico. Eddy County had 62 cases, followed by Lea County with 39, Quay County with 38, Lincoln County with 34, Curry County with 33, Roosevelt County with 17 and De Baca County with five.

Elsewhere in the state, Bernalillo County had 927 cases, San Juan County had 556, Doña Ana County had 463, Grant County had 134, McKinley County had 152, Sandoval County had 201 and Santa Fe County had 156.

The total number of cases in the state is now 292,078, including 13,222 in Chaves County.

Two men from Chaves County — one in his 80s and another in his 60s who had underlying health conditions — were among the 21 deaths reported by the state Friday.

Of the 19 other deaths, Bernalillo County reported four, Curry and Eddy counties each had three, Sandoval and Doña Ana each had two, and Colfax, McKinley, Otero, San Juan and San Miguel each had one. The ages of the deceased ranged from a man in his 20s from Bernalillo County to a man in his 90s from Doña Ana County.

Seventeen had been hospitalized and sixteen had underlying health conditions.

The total number of deaths in New Mexico is 5,169, including 210 in Chaves County.

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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