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CDC recommends updated COVID-19 vaccine for Fall/Winter Virus Season

September 13, 2023 - Immunization - Awareness

SANTA FE — Yesterday, the Centers for Disease Control announced approval of a new COVID-19 vaccine booster. The CDC recommends everyone 6 months and older get an updated COVID-19 vaccine to protect against the potentially serious outcomes of COVID-19 illness this fall and winter. Updated COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna will be available as shipments start arriving in New Mexico later this week and early next week. 
"We now have a unique advantage with vaccines available for the three viruses historically linked to most hospitalizations: COVID-19, RSV, and flu,” said Miranda Durham, MD, New Mexico Department of Health Medical Director. “Safe, updated COVID-19 vaccines and at-home tests enable individuals to protect themselves, loved ones and the community. In case of illness, consult your healthcare provider about proven treatments that reduce the risk of severe illness, hospitalization, and loss of life."  

To find an appointment, members of the public can view the interactive map at or schedule appointments directly with pharmacies and healthcare providers. Those interested in accessing their vaccine history can do so at Support for login issues is available through the NMSIIS Help Desk at 833-882-6454. 

COVID-19 vaccines remain readily accessible at no cost through private health insurance, Medicare, and Medicaid. Uninsured individuals can receive the COVID-19 vaccine free of charge through a network of health centers, public health offices, and participating pharmacies in the CDC's Bridge Access Program, ensuring universal vaccine access. 

Vaccination remains the most effective defense against COVID-19-related hospitalization, death, and the lingering effects of Long COVID. If you haven't received a COVID-19 vaccine in the past two months, consider getting an updated dose to safeguard yourself this fall and winter. 

In addition, everyone is eligible for and should get the flu vaccine, especially adults 65 and older and pregnant people in their first and second trimesters, according to the CDC. Co-infections of COVID-19 and the flu can be severe. Vaccination is your best protection from respiratory viruses, and it’s important to get the flu vaccine before the height of flu season. Getting your vaccine in September or October is highly recommended. 
Flu and RSV vaccines are readily available at healthcare providers and pharmacies throughout the state. If you need assistance with scheduling, contact the DOH Call Center at 1-855-600-3453, which is available M-F 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. and weekends 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
For more information about DOH’s Immunization Program visit the website. 

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Los CDC recomiendan la actualización de la vacuna COVID-19 para la temporada vírica de otoño/invierno