New Mexico residents who are 60 or older with a chronic health condition will be prioritized for getting the coronavirus vaccine among people with chronic conditions, the state Department of Health announced Thursday.

More than a quarter of the state's population falls into this category, health officials said.

“Age is the single most important predictor of COVID-related vulnerability, and some health conditions place residents at much greater risk of COVID-related health complications,” Dr. Tracie Collins, the state's health secretary, said in a statement. “Prioritizing vaccine for New Mexicans in these groups will save lives.”

The state is administering vaccines to four groups:

  • Front-line health care workers.
  • Residents who are 75 or older.
  • Teachers, school staff and early childhood professionals.
  • Residents with a chronic health condition.

As of Wednesday, 26.3 percent of the state's residents were partially vaccinated and 15.1 percent were fully vaccinated.

To see the list of qualifying chronic health conditions, visit

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fred smith

My place in thing came up yester day. Literally the second I click to take the event day. I could not go. I was lied to then. I think someone needs to sue them for incomitance. I will never, ever, trust them. I didn't entirely at the start. And now have zero faith in anything they say. just a pack of lies now. I do not care if it was a "line jumper" or just stupidty. Theft and evil is evil.

The department of health can go to hades for all I care.

. It now makes me doubt anything they say if I can't get a shot. because of how petty, penny-ante, and malice filled them, and everything about this process is.

Rob Regehr

My 75 year old mother is in a high risk category and has multiple chronic conditions and has been ignored by the state. Hopefully all the line jumpers you read about taking the vaccine from the most vulnerable will get their karmic reward.

Mike Johnson


Lee DiFiore

This move is nothing more than a publicity stunt. The governor and her "crack staff" have been taking heat because the rest of the country has been vaccinating seniors 65 and over for quite some time. However, the mystifying process of who gets selected for the vaccine in NM and the lack of transparency on the process will continue. Keep strutting NMDOH but if things are so great, why have so many seniors been forced to go to CO or TX to get their vaccines?

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Kenneth Krasity

Your 35% number is almost certainly wrong. The NM dashboard does not break out data for 65+. The rate for 75 +thru the STATE allocation is 63% thru the state program, while 60-74s are at 37%. In addition, NM has received 216,000 from special FEDERAL programs, which largely are administered thru the IHS (also VA--which has an older demographic--DOJ, etc.). That represents more than 20% of the vaccines delivered to NM, so as a rough estimate, increase the NM state numbers by 20%, putting 75+ at 76%.

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Ernest Green

NMDOH shows immunization rates of 39% and 63% for the state’s two highest age groups < >

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