New Mexico is joining other states who are allowing all adults to sign up for the COVID-19 vaccine. The New Mexico Department of Health announced this week that all New Mexicans 16 years of age and up will be able to register for the COVID-19 vaccine starting Monday, April 5th.

According to KRQE News, the NMDOH will still prioritize people under Phase 1A to receive the vaccine first but now everyone can sign up to get in line for their chance to get poked. Under Phase 1A, New Mexicans who are 75 years of age and older, as well as New Mexicans 60 years of age and older with a chronic condition will receive priority when it comes to vaccine distribution.

Communications Director for the New Mexico Department of Health Matt Bieber told KRQE News that the state would still be moving into Phase 2 of the vaccine distribution to help out rural areas of the state. Some regions are having difficulty filling up their vaccine slots with only residents in the Phase 1 category. To reduce the risk of wasting vaccines, moving to Phase 2 allows them to fill up those slots with residents who are ready to receive their vaccine.

If you are a New Mexican over 16 years of age and want to register, head to the website to register. For people who need additional assistance, you can call 1-855-600-3453 and pick option 0 for vaccine questions. For more information on how to sign up, please visit the KRQE website.

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