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Additional COVID-19 booster available for high-risk people

Booster shots were approved for adults 65 and older and immunocompromised
Older adults and immunocompromised individuals have been approved for a second omicron booster vaccine. (Jeff Gritchen/The Orange County Register via AP)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention approved an additional COVID-19 booster for adults 65 years old and older and for people with weakened immune systems.

Earlier this week, the Food and Drug Administration authorized the additional dose for those individuals older than 65 years who received their last vaccine at least four months ago. Immunocompromised individuals who received a bivalent booster at least two months ago are also eligible to get a second dose.

In New Mexico, about 20% of those eligible for the omicron booster have received the updated shot.

People with weak immune systems may receive additional doses at intervals decided by their doctors. Eligibility for extra doses for immunocompromised children 6 months through 4 years old will depend on which vaccine they have already received.

Vaccines are available free of charge.

To schedule a vaccine appointment, call (855) 600-3453, visit www.vaccineNM.org, www.vaccine.gov or contact a personal medical provider or pharmacist.

New Mexico residents may still receive mail order, free at-home COVID tests through www.accesscovidtests.org or www.covid.gov/tests.

For more information on COVID-19 safety, visit cv.nmhealth.org.