New Mexico to offer extra precedence to vaccinating 16- and 17-year-olds

“We were very excited to be giving them access to the vaccine,” said Dr. Gabriella Blakey, APS Interim Chief Operations Officer.

Now that the 16- and 17-year-olds have received the Pfizer vaccine, the state wants to make this known. It will be advertising on social media.

The Albuquerque Public Schools announced that they want to jump right into the mix. The district has 20,000 students that age and everyone has the option to have a dose by the middle of next week.

“Now we can focus on our students and the youth of Albuquerque to get them vaccinated,” Blakey said.

Students must enroll on the Department of Health website and a parent or guardian must go with them to receive admission. APS has already vaccinated 50 Eldorado High School students as a test run.

Through the collaboration with DOH, the city and UNM Health, entire events will only be held for 16 and 17 year olds.

“This is really aimed at bringing them together with our partners to make sure we can meet more of them at the same time,” said Blakey.

APS said the demand was there.

“I think there is a great need,” said Blakey. “You have close contacts in the summer. A lot of them go to school, college, or work, or the military, and all these other places, so they really want that feeling of protection, and we have an obligation to help the New Mexico community at the helm for that too Achieving herd immunity. ”

Rio Rancho Public School students ages 16 and up can attend an event Tuesday. The district is working on other options for the future.

The Santa Fe Public Schools do not run clinics, but the DOH has an event for people aged 16 and over on Saturday in Santa Fe.

Eighteen-year-olds are involved in this effort and have access to both Pfizer and Moderna vaccines but do not require parental permission.

Pfizer hopes to expand its vaccine to 12-15 year olds and has asked for emergency approval.

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