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The New Mexico Department of Health has announced that New Mexican residents age 75 and above will no longer need event codes to schedule their COVID-19 vaccine appointments, meaning seniors will receive invitations with no expiration date. According to a release, seniors will receive invitations to schedule appointments, whereby they will log into vaccineNM.org using their conformation code and date of birth. They will be able to schedule an appointment at a time and location that is convenient for them. No event code will be required, but they will still need to make an appointment to receive their vaccine. Currently, the NMDOH is prioritizing invitation for Phase 1A, New Mexicans 75+, and New Mexicans 60+ with chronic health conditions. As of March 28th. 70.1% of residents 75 years and older have received at least their first dose and 57% are fully vaccinated. New Mexicans 16 years and older are encouraged to register for the COVID-19 vaccine at https://vaccinenm.org/
Beginning April 5th, the state of New Mexico will grant approximately $170 million of federal aid for rental and utility assistance to households experiencing financial hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The “Emergency Rental Assistance Program” is available to renters across the state except for residents of Bernalillo County, Dona Ana County, and those who live in a pueblo or tribal area. The two counties and the tribal governments will administer their own rental assistance programs. According to a release, the state of New Mexico will pay either the landlord and/or utility provider directly. More information is available at https://www.renthelpnm.org/
HMS School based clinics are now open Tuesdays and Thursdays whereby students K through 12 can be seen for mental health or medical appointments. In addition, any faculty, staff, even substitutes can be seen for medical appointments. The Silver High Clinic can be reached at 575-534-1015 and the Cobre High Clinic at 575-537-5069.