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Don’t mix vaccines. But sign up for a booster if you can.

By: - September 28, 2021 4:46 pm

Tanya Lattin, commander at the Corrales Fire Department, preps a syringe of the vaccine at the drive-thru clinic operating at the fire station in late August, 2021. (Photo by Shelby Kleinhans for Source NM)

Eligible New Mexicans can now receive their COVID booster shot. 

Key in making sure you can get your next jab: 

The booster is only available for people who received the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

That’s it. 

New Mexico Department of Health officials advise people not to mix vaccines. 

Again, if you did not get the Pfizer vaccine, this news is not for you. Additional information for people who received the Johnson & Johnson or Moderna vaccines will come when it is available. 

Anyone who did receive the Pfizer vaccine please keep reading and sign up at vaccinenm.org.

If you like to conduct your own research, the fact sheet on the booster is available here.

People without the internet can call 1-855-600-3453 and hit option 0 on their phone.

The booster shot will follow the tiered process used during the initial vaccine rollout. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend the following groups of people should sign up for their booster if it’s been 6 months since their second vaccine shot:

  • People 65-years-old and above
  • Anyone who is 18-years-old or older that lives or works in a long-term care facility 
  • Anyone with underlying medical conditions between the age of 50 and 64
  • People age 18 to 49 with underlying medical conditions
  • Anyone between 18 and 64 who could be at risk for COVID exposure due to work, or who have jobs in an institutional setting (hospitals, schools, care facilities, corrections workers, food and agricultural workers, grocery store workers and other frontline workers such as first responders) 

Last week, the Food and Drug Administration authorized a single booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine to be distributed to those populations.

Any New Mexico COVID-19 vaccine provider can administer the booster shot.

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Shaun Griswold
Shaun Griswold

Shaun Griswold is a journalist in Albuquerque. He is a citizen of the Pueblo of Laguna, and grew up in Albuquerque and Gallup. He brings a decade of print and broadcast news experience. Most recently he covered Indigenous affairs with New Mexico In Depth. Shaun reports on issues important to Native Americans in urban and tribal communities throughout the state, including education and child welfare.

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