An amended emergency public health order issued last week by the state of New Mexico will effectively require many workers to receive a booster shot when eligible to protect against the ongoing spread of COVID-19.This state was one of the first to expand booster eligibility and for weeks has been recommending all vaccinated adults receive one.
New Mexico’s state public health policies have for months required that many workers in higher-risk environments – including workers in all health care and congregate-care settings – be vaccinated. Public school workers and state employees, meanwhile, must submit to weekly COVID-19 testing if they are not vaccinated.
The amended state public health order, issued Thursday by Acting Health Secretary David R. Scrase, M.D., will require those categories of workers to receive a booster shot.
Those workers must receive a booster dose no later than January 17, 2022, or within four weeks of becoming eligible.