Additional COVID-19 Booster Available For High-Risk People

This post is an excerpt from New Mexico Department of Health‘s April 20, 2023 press release, Additional COVID-19 Booster Available for High-Risk People.

New Mexico Department of Health has announced that Centers for Disease Control and Prevention signed off an additional booster for adults over 65 and people with weakened immune systems. The Food and Drug Administration authorized the additional dose for those 65 and older to receive the vaccine at least four months after their previous updated shot. Those with immune deficiencies would also be eligible, and the vaccines are available free of charge. 

Who is Eligible?

  • If you are at least 65 and received your first bivalent booster at least four months ago, you are eligible to get a second one.
  • If you are immunocompromised and received a bivalent booster at least two months ago, you are also eligible to get a second one.
  • People with weak immune systems can receive additional doses at intervals decided by their doctors. These include people who have received organ or stem cell transplants, people with advanced or untreated HIV infection, people undergoing treatment for cancer and people who are taking certain medications that weaken the immune system. 

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