The New Mexico Department of Health on Monday announced that it would follow federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance and expand the time window for administering the second dose of approved COVID-19 vaccines. Under previous guidance, providers aimed to administer the second dose of the Pfizer vaccine after 21 days, and the second dose of the Moderna vaccine after 28 days.
According to CDC, The second dose should be administered as close to the recommended interval as possible. However, if it is not feasible to adhere to the
recommended interval, the second dose of Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines may be scheduled for administration up to 6 weeks (42 days) after the first dose. There are currently limited data on efficacy of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines administered beyond this window.
The state also announced that it has expanded its vaccine dashboard to include county-by-county vaccination numbers and a series of new maps depicting statewide vaccination distribution.