The New Mexico Department of Health announced that the COVID vaccine is now FDA and CDC approved for infants aged six months to four years old.
The vaccine will be available from care providers, Walmart, Sam’s Club and health care facilities. However, DOH expects 75 percent of doses will be distributed from primary care providers and practitioners.
So far there are 2,200 appointments available in the state. Much like the adult doses and child vaccine, the infant doses will come in waves.
“After holding our collective breath for more than two years, we are thrilled to reach the milestone of vaccine eligibility for the littlest members of our families. As I’ve often said, vaccinating everyone provides the best defense against serious outcomes related to COVID-19,” DOH Acting Cabinet Secretary Dr. David R. Scrase said in a news release.
Scrase, who has grandchildren who are about that age, said he is grateful his entire family can be vaccinated.
Early Childhood Education & Care Department Secretary Elizabeth Groginsky said she feels this will benefit pre-K classroom settings.
“In addition to protecting those in childcare and pre-K settings, vaccines for children under age five will also benefit working parents, employers, and child care providers by lessening disruptions caused by classrooms that are forced to shut down due to close contacts,” Groginsky said.
Teachers were prone to getting sick from kids they watched over and parents were also exposed.
Parents and guardians can register their children on Vaccine.org.