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New Mexico announces student vaccination week

Those 16 and older will be given priority in registration
Marcus Appleton, RN/clinical educator, prepares to administer a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Students 16 and older will be given priority for registration for the vaccine during the week of May 3-8.

FARMINGTON – Students in New Mexico will be given priority for making vaccine appointments during the week of May 3-8, a move that was encouraged by the New Mexico Department of Health.

The Department of Health and the Public Education Department announced the student-focused week.

“With public schools back in session and summer just around the corner, we want students to know that getting vaccinated against COVID-19 protects them and their families – and will help us all get back to doing the things we miss,” said Department of Health Secretary Dr. Tracie Collins.

All New Mexicans age 16 and older are now able to schedule their own appointments, which includes a large population of high school students. Those who want to sign up for the vaccine must get parental consent if younger than 18, according to the release.

The release also added that the Pfizer vaccine is the only one available for those ages 16 and 17.

“Vaccinating against this virus protects students’ health and the health of the school community,” Public Education Secretary Ryan Stewart said. “Additionally, once students are fully vaccinated, they won’t have to quarantine if they’re identified as close contacts of someone with COVID-19. That could help reduce school closures in the future.”

Judy Robinson, spokeswoman for the New Mexico Public Education Department, said in an email Monday that while the department doesn’t have a stance on vaccines, it does “fully support” the guidelines and such set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as the state Department of Health and Medical Advisory Team.

To schedule a vaccination appointment, register online at VaccineNM.org.

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