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Posted on: May 11, 2021

[ARCHIVED] FDA Approves Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine for 12- to 15-year-olds

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The New Mexico Department of Health said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved  the Pfizer vaccine for 12- to 15-year-olds.

Now, the vaccine goes to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for review. If approved by the CDC, New Mexico’s Medical Advisory Team (MAT) will conduct its own review. When the MAT affirms the federal review process, New Mexico will begin vaccinating 12- to 15-year-olds immediately.

When approved, parents or guardians will be able to pre-register children for vaccination and choose the day and time, by scheduling online at

Additional information:

  • Vaccinations for New Mexicans younger than 18 requires parental consent, and Pfizer is the only vaccine available for anyone younger than 18-years-old.
  • Vaccinations are free there is no cost to anyone or their family.
  • No identification is required to be vaccinated.
  • Vaccines are available to New Mexico residents regardless of immigration status.

More information on COVID-19 is available online at Also, protect yourself and your family by activating NMNotify, the state’s COVID-19 exposure notification system, on your android or iPhone. For instructions visit

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