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The state DOH sent a release Monday saying that vaccine providers in New Mexico could start providing these booster doses to eligible patients effective immediately.

Based on the latest CDC guidance, people between the ages of 18 and 49 with underlying medical conditions or those who have an increased risk for COVID-19 exposure because of occupational or institutional settings should get a booster at least six months after completing their primary Pfizer series of shots.

Eligible patients are encouraged to schedule their booster dose with their medical team, primary care provider, specialist or pharmacy.

The statewide registration app allows booster dose scheduling for people who meet the above criteria for a Pfizer booster dose. Appointments for the first two weeks will be reserved for those in the highest risk categories: age 65+ and 50-64 years with underlying medical conditions. Going forward, a portion of appointments will be reserved for this high-risk group.

New Mexicans who need help scheduling can call the DOH hotline at 1-855-600-3453; option 0.