COVID-19 boosters available now in Carlsbad and New Mexico

The New Mexico Department of Health (DOH) and Carlsbad Mayor Dale Janway encouraged COVID-19 booster shots for Eddy County residents and all New Mexicans.

“I have received my booster shot and was glad to have the opportunity to do so,” Janway said.

In an Oct. 21 DOH new release, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced the approval of booster doses for the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines for certain populations.

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“Pfizer boosters have been available since late September,” the news release stated.

David Morgan, DOH spokesperson, said the New Mexico Medical Advisory Team reviewed the CDC guidelines and adopted them as written.

DOH said New Mexicans 65 years and older, along with those 18 years and older in long-term care settings, those who have underlying medical conditions and work or live in high risk settings were eligible to receive booster shots six months or more after completion of an initial Pfizer or Moderna series.

A sign at the Eddy County Public Health office in Artesia reminds drivers where to lineup for drive-thru COVID-19 vaccinations on Oct. 28, 2021. The New Mexico Department of Health and Carlsbad Mayor Dale Janway encourage people to receive booster vaccinations.

“For New Mexicans who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, booster shots are also recommended for those who are 18 and older and who were vaccinated two or more months ago,” the release stated.

Data indicated all three COVID-19 vaccines approved or authorized in the United States continue to be highly effective in reducing risk of severe disease, hospitalization, and death, even against the current Delta variant, according to DOH.