Ledes from the Land of Enchantment

State extends refresher eligibility to all adults in New Mexico

Press release from the Office of the Governor

Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham signed an executive order on Friday extending eligibility for COVID-19 booster vaccinations to all adults in New Mexico as part of the state’s strategy to cope with rising caseloads and hospital admissions, a trend observed across the country.

“As during this unpredictable and unprecedented global pandemic, we are always ready to quickly implement new tools and guidelines in our fight against this terrible disease,” said Governor Lujan Grisham. “I strongly encourage every New Mexican to sign up for a refresher today – we have appointments and are ready to get firearms.”

The Centers for Disease Control’s eligibility criteria for boosters include adults aged 18 and over who live or work in a high-risk environment.

New Mexico joins other states – including California and Colorado – that have made boosters available to all adults over the age of 18.

“The number of cases is significant, the amounts spread are far too high and the delta variant is much more transferable than the previous variants. In addition, our hospitals are well over capacity and several have declared crisis standards for care, ”said the acting secretary of the Ministry of Health David R. Scrase, MD “These factors make New Mexico an absolutely risky environment.”

New Mexicans 18+ can now schedule a booster vaccination if:

  • You received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine more than two months ago OR
  • You completed the Pfizer or Moderna series of vaccines more than six months ago

“The provision of adult boosters will significantly increase the level of immunity protection across our state – and this is critical to all of us. COVID-19 is incredibly opportunistic – and it is our job to make sure the virus has fewer and fewer opportunities to spread, ”said Secretary Scrase. “When it is time for you to get a booster, please do so immediately.”

While the vaccines remain highly effective at preventing hospitalizations and deaths, new data suggests that immunity protection may wear off over time – leading to more vaccine breakthrough cases. When the immunity protection wears off, those who are vaccinated become more susceptible to infections – although their infections are usually much milder than in those who have not been vaccinated.

Health officials also strongly recommend that children between the ages of 5 and 17 receive vaccinations.

New Mexicans can register for initial and booster vaccinations VaccineNM.org. You can also find information on planning child vaccinations here.


The nationwide obligation to wear face masks in all indoor public spaces, with only a few exceptions and regardless of vaccination status, will also be extended to at least December 10th.

Personalized hospital beds remain dangerously scarce as mostly unvaccinated people continue to spread a more infectious variant of the virus and several New Mexico hospitals have established emergency care standards.

Health officials, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, continue to recommend wearing tight-fitting face masks indoors as these are effective in limiting the spread of the more easily transmitted Delta variant.

The state reported 21 new COVID-19 deaths over the two days of Thursday November 11 and Friday November 12. During the same two-day period, the state reported 3,524 new cases, a daily average of 1,762 cases. To date, more than 5,100 new Mexicans have been killed by the virus.

The governor, based on the advice and analysis of the state medical advisory team and state health authorities, may decide to extend or remove mask requirements as necessary.

A separate public health ordinance mandating vaccination of health workers and the introduction of vaccination or testing protocols for school staff remains in effect.

The Booster Eligibility Enhancement Executive Order is attached to this press release, as is the Emergency Public Health Operational Order issued by Acting Health Secretary David R. Scrase, MD

The Department of Health also advises all New Mexicans 6 months of age and older got a flu shot; many providers of the COVID-19 vaccine also offer flu shots.


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