COVID-19 Vaccine

General Vaccine Information

The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) is leading the State of New Mexico’s COVID-19 vaccination planning and implementation in close collaboration with other state agencies, as well as public, private and tribal partners throughout the state

All New Mexicans age 12 and older are eligible for COVID-19 vaccine.

Please click here to see New Mexico’s full vaccination distribution plan. (For Spanish click here. / De click aquí para la versión en Español)

Vaccine Cards

New Mexicans who misplace their vaccine card can contact the provider that administered their vaccine and ask for a replacement.

New Mexicans can also visit to obtain their immunization record, which should show that they’ve completed the vaccine series (assuming the provider has correctly reported it to NMSIIS already).

If you experience difficulty logging in, please call the NMSIIS Help Desk at 833-882-6454 for assistance.

Language and Print Resources

For a number of printable resources, flyers and more to help you communicate about COVID-19, click here.

Do you want to register for your COVID-19 Vaccine?

Please use this tool to register with the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH). When vaccine is available, NMDOH will send you a notification to schedule your appointment.

Users who have questions or would like support with the registration process – including New Mexicans who do not have internet access can dial-

  • 1-855-600-3453 and press 1 (o 3 para español).
  • Seniors and those with disabilities can call 1-800-432-2080 for support with registration and scheduling.

COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline: 1-855-600-3453

Users who have questions or would like support with the registration process – including New Mexicans who do not have internet access  can dial –

  • 1-855-600-3453 and press 1 (o 3 para español).
  • Seniors and those with disabilities can call 1-800-432-2080 for support with registration and scheduling.

Key information about COVID-19 vaccines in New Mexico

  • All vaccines available in the U.S. were highly effective at preventing COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths in clinical trials.
  • All vaccines authorized by the FDA are safe and effective.
  • All vaccines available in the U.S. are highly effective against severe COVID-19.
  • Vaccines, testing, and COVID-safe practices will keep more of our loved ones from being hospitalized or dying due to COVID-19.
  • Please get a vaccine as soon as you are eligible. It could save your life.
  • New Mexico is distributing vaccine as swiftly, efficiently, and equitably as possible.

Frequently Asked Questions

Please read the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) and review the Other Resources to become informed, so you can help protect yourself, your family, your friends and your community.


Don’t see your question? Click here for additional COVID-19 vaccine FAQ’s. (En Espanol)

How should I protect myself both before and after I get my vaccine?

How should I protect myself before and after I get my vaccine?

Cover your mouth and nose with a mask or face covering when around others.  Avoid close contact with people who are sick.  Stay 6 feet away from others and avoid crowds.  Wash your hands often.  Use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.

You will still need to take precautions and wear a mask after you receive the vaccine.

What will it cost to get a COVID-19 vaccine? What if I don’t have health insurance?

All COVID-19 vaccines are free.  There is no cost to receive the vaccine.  You will not be billed directly. 

The vaccine provider may bill your health insurance directly, but there is no co-pay.  You don’t have to have health insurance coverage to get your vaccine for free from any location.

COVID-19 vaccine is available without cost, regardless of your immigration status.

When I am eligible, will I be able to choose the type of vaccine that I want?

New Mexico is distributing vaccine as swiftly, efficiently, and equitably as possible.  When New Mexicans receive their appointment notifications through, they will be notified about which vaccine they are scheduled to receive.

ALL vaccines available in the U.S. prevent 100% of COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths in clinical trials.  Please get whichever vaccine is offered, as soon as you are eligible. It could save your life.

Should I get the vaccine?

Will I need the COVID-19 vaccine even if I’m not in a high-risk group?

Yes.  While many people with COVID-19 have only a mild illness, others may get a severe case or they may even die.  There is no way to know in advance how COVID-19 will affect you, even if you are not at increased risk of severe complications. 

Also, if you get infected, you may spread the disease to friends, family and others around you.  COVID-19 vaccination helps protect you by creating an antibody response without having to experience sickness. The sooner most people are vaccinated and protected against COVID-19 disease, the sooner New Mexicans and all Americans can get back to normal life.

Does the Governor or the New Mexico Department of Health intend or have plans to make the COVID-19 vaccine mandatory?


State and federal governments do not require people to be vaccinated for COVID-19. Some private entities may require their employees to get vaccinated.

Should I get the vaccine if I’ve already had COVID-19?

People who have already had the COVID-19 virus, with or without obvious symptoms, should be vaccinated. If a person currently has COVID-19, that person should not receive the vaccine until they have recovered from illness. Once the person does not have symptoms and is no longer required to isolate, they should get the vaccination.  Testing to determine prior infection is not recommended.

How do we know that COVID-19 vaccines are safe?

How do we know that COVID-19 vaccines are safe?

Clinical trials involving many thousands of participants are used to investigate possible COVID-19 vaccines.  These studies generate scientific data and other information that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) uses to determine vaccine safety and effectiveness.

After the FDA makes its determination, an independent group of scientific experts – the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) – reviews available data before making vaccine recommendations to the CDC.

Both of these processes have been completed for three different vaccines:

  • Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine
  • Moderna, Inc. Vaccine
  • Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine

That means that the scientific data from the research on each of these vaccines has been reviewed by two independent teams of experts.

Even after this approval, vaccine safety monitoring systems watch for adverse events (possible side effects).  If an unexpected adverse event is observed, experts quickly study it further to assess whether it was caused by the vaccine and whether it is a true safety concern.

You can read more about the many strategies for ensuring the safety of COVID-19 vaccines in the United States at the CDC’s website:

For every vaccine approved for use by the FDA and ACIP, the site provides information on safety, effectiveness, recommended populations to receive the vaccine, and side effects, if any.

How do I know which sources of COVID-19 vaccine information are accurate?

The CDC offers this guide to check sources, including websites, that contain information about COVID-19 vaccines.

Is it safe to go to a facility to get a COVID-19 or any other vaccine?

Yes. Providers who will be giving vaccines are practicing measures to diminish the spread of COVID-19 in their facilities.

Will the COVID-19 vaccine make me test positive?

No. None of the authorized and recommended vaccines will cause you to test positive on viral tests, which are used to see if you have current infection.

If your body develops an immune response, which is the goal of vaccination, there is a chance you may test positive on some antibody tests and should be confirmed by a viral test. These antibody tests indicate you had a previous infection and that you may have some level of protection against the virus.

How do I know which sources of COVID-19 vaccine information are accurate?

The CDC offers this guide to check sources, including websites, that contain information about COVID-19 vaccines.

Will the COVID-19 vaccine give me COVID-19?

No. None of the COVID-19 vaccines contain the live virus that causes COVID-19. The goal for each vaccine is to teach our immune systems how to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19. Sometimes this process can cause symptoms such as fever. These symptoms are normal, usually lasts no more than a couple of days and are a sign that the body is building immunity.

How does vaccine distribution work?

How many shots of COVID-19 vaccine will be needed?

Three vaccines have been granted an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). 

  • The first is the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine.  It requires TWO shots: a first shot, followed by a second booster shot 21 days later.
  • The second vaccine is from Moderna, Inc.  It requires TWO shots: an initial shot, followed by a second booster shot 28 days later.
  • The most recent is the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.  It requires only a single shot.

Regardless of which vaccine you receive, the second dose needs to be from the same manufacturer.

Do I have to get the second shot? How will I remember?

The Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines require a second shot to give maximum immunity.

The system used to register will assign an appointment for a second visit.  You will also get reminders in the same way you got your first appointment, based on how you signed up.  This will most likely be via a text message and/or email.

Please also hold on to the card you received when you got your first shot.  Bring it to your second appointment to record that you finished both doses in the series.

Can I get my second dose earlier or later than the recommended date? Should I worry if there is a delay in getting my second shot?

The statewide registration system will schedule your second dose as close to the recommended interval as possible.

There is a “grace period” based on current research.  That allows you to get the second shot up to four days earlier than recommended.  If you accidentally get your second booster dose even sooner than that, it does not have to be repeated. Even if more than six weeks have passed since your first dose, you should still get your second dose as soon as you can.

Research shows that the second booster dose for both Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna can be up to six weeks after the initial dose.  That means you don’t have to re-start the series even if there is a delay, such as due to weather or a cancelled appointment.

Do I need to wear a mask to my vaccine appointment and after I get my vaccine?

Yes. CDC recommends that during the pandemic people wear a mask that covers their nose and mouth when in contact with others outside your household, when in healthcare facilities, and when receiving any vaccine, including a COVID-19 vaccine. Wearing a mask helps protect health care workers who are giving the shot as well as other patients.

Vaccines are very effective at preventing infections, but we don’t know yet how effectively they prevent transmission.  To protect your loved ones, continue to wear a mask except if you’re in a private location (like your home) just with others who have all been vaccinated too.

When can I stop wearing a mask after I have been vaccinated?

There is not enough information currently available to say that it’s safe to stop wearing a mask after getting the vaccine.  A mask protects you, and it also protects your family, friends and community.  You should continue to  wear a mask, practice social distancing, and wash your hands regularly  when around people outside your household.

How long will the protection from the COVID-19 vaccine last?

We don’t yet know how long the immunity lasts from each of the available vaccines for COVID-19.  It might require future booster shots, similar to how people need to get a new flu shot each year.

How can I expect to feel after I get the vaccine?

The approved COVID-19 vaccines are designed to get your body to have an immune response.  When this happens, you may feel this response happening.  Common feelings include pain and swelling on the arm that you got the shot. You may also experience fever, chills, tiredness, and headache.

To reduce pain and discomfort where you got the shot, you can apply a clean, cool, wet washcloth over the area.  You can also use or exercise your arm. You may also want to talk to your healthcare provider about taking an over-the counter medicine for pain or discomfort. 

If the redness or tenderness where you got the shot increases after 24 hours or your side effects are worrying you or do not seem to be going away after a few days, contact your healthcare provider.

If you think you might be having a severe allergic reaction after leaving the vaccination site, seek immediate medical care by calling 911.

This CDC website gives information about what you can expect after getting a COVID-19 vaccine:

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