One day after the national Food and Drug Administration approved a fourth COVID-19 shot for individuals 50 and older, the New Mexico Department of Health recommended all eligible New Mexicans receive the vaccine. 

Everyone over 50 is eligible for the fourth shot. Individuals must wait four months after their initial booster to receive the fourth shot. Additionally, people over the age of 12 with certain immune deficiencies are eligible for their fifth shot now. 

“Vaccines and boosters are both safe and free. The data clearly demonstrates that COVID-19 vaccine and booster doses protect individuals from both infection and severe outcomes,” said Acting Department of Health Secretary, David R. Scrase. “Anyone eligible should seriously consider getting an additional mRNA booster to further increase their protection. This is especially important for those 65 and older and those 50 and older with underlying medical conditions that increase their risk for severe disease from COVID-19 as they are the most likely to benefit from receiving an additional booster dose at this time.”

Individuals who have had COVID-19 are advised to stay up-to-date with the recommended doses of COVID-19 vaccine. Unvaccinated individuals or vaccinated individuals with breakthrough cases recovering from COVID-19 are eligible for vaccine after their isolation period of ten days is over and their symptoms have resolved.

The decision to amend an earlier emergency use authorization for a second booster dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine is meant to increase protection against severe illness from COVID-19 as the BA.2 variant grows increasingly common in the United States. 

The FDA said in its announcement that “emerging evidence suggests that a second booster dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine improves protection against severe COVID-19 and is not associated with new safety concerns.”

Appointments can be scheduled with your local pharmacy, doctor’s office and many community providers. To schedule an appointment online  visit: or if you need help scheduling an appointment, call 1-855-600-3453 and pick option 3 for English and option 9 for Spanish. contributed to this report. 

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