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COVID-19 Vaccine

As we continue to fight COVID-19 in our community, the hope of a safe, effective vaccine is now here.

Because the supply is very limited, the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) is prioritizing which groups get the vaccine until large quantities of vaccine are available. At Presbyterian, we are finishing up our first and second dose vaccinations of health care workers under Phase 1A and are closely following the DOH guidelines as we work to expand vaccinations to Phase 1B groups. Presbyterian is preparing to expand our own vaccination sites, as well as increase our ability to vaccinate high-risk patients in our clinics when adequate supply is available.

You can register for the vaccine through the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) registration tool. When the vaccine is available for you, NMDOH will then send you a notification to schedule your appointment.

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We encourage everyone to get vaccinated when they become eligible because it is a key step in saving lives and ending the pandemic. We recognize this is a personal decision, though, and that many people have questions about the vaccine. Here are some trusted resources to learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine’s safety:

NMDOH COVID-19 vaccine information
CDC COVID-19 vaccine information

Over the next few months, we urge everyone to continue wearing a mask, practicing social distancing and washing your hands frequently.

Thank you for doing your part.

COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs

Here are a few that we are able to answer at this time:
 

When, where, and how can I get vaccinated for COVID-19?

The first doses of the vaccine will be distributed on a very limited basis for now. Federal and state officials will determine when and how New Mexicans who want the vaccine can get it. You can register for the vaccine through the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) registration tool. When the vaccine is available for you, NMDOH will then send you a notification to schedule your appointment.

What if I want to get the vaccine right away but I’m not in the priority population?

You can still register for the vaccine through the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) registration tool. When the vaccine is available for you, NMDOH will then send you a notification to schedule your appointment.

Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe?

The FDA will release fact sheets and safety information of COVID-19 vaccines approved for Emergency Use Authorization. Visit the CDC and FDA websites at CDC.gov and FDA.gov for the most recent information about the vaccines approved for use.

After I receive the vaccination, am I fully protected against COVID-19?

Not quite. No vaccine is 100% effective. Currently, both Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are reported to be over 90% effective which is extremely promising. This means that nine out of ten people who are vaccinated will not become infected if exposed to COVID-19. And those who do become infected will likely experience much less severe symptoms than individuals who haven’t been vaccinated.