COVID-19 Vaccine Information for the UNM Community
When the information about vaccine distribution is made available, UNM will communicate guidance for students, faculty and staff.
The University will continue to:
- follow all public health directives and take necessary precautions to protect the health of our faculty, staff, students, and all New Mexicans;
- remain nimble in our approach to continuing our critical core missions of providing education, creating new knowledge, developing creative works, providing patient care, and public service; and
- make the best decisions possible to protect our most vulnerable students, staff, and faculty and continue to ensure social mobility for our students.
Continued COVID-19 vaccine information will be posted to this site as it becomes available.
COVID-19 Vaccine Information from The New Mexico Department of Health
The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) is working to ensure that a vaccine can be allocated and distributed to priority populations.
We encourage those wanting to know more about COVID-19 vaccine information in New Mexico to visit the New Mexico Department of Health website, which will continue to share information as it becomes available.
They have also provided answers to some frequently asked questions and the State’s draft vaccine plan that was submitted to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
New Mexico’s vaccination website enables users to complete comprehensive personal profiles. These profiles - which include personal medical conditions and employment information, along with other key data - allow the state to notify New Mexicans when vaccine doses become available in their area.
For New Mexicans who wish to register for vaccine, the process is simple:
- Users submit basic contact information, including their employment category and medical conditions.
- Users are then contacted and prompted to fill out additional demographic and insurance information, at which point their profile is complete. (Vaccinations are free, but providing insurance information helps support the cost of the vaccination program.)
- Users wait to receive a notification that they may schedule a vaccination - and on the day of their appointment, they fill out a medical questionnaire about their current health.
The University of New Mexico does not require that all Lobos receive the vaccine; however, it is highly encouraged. This information sheet by the NMDOH answers some common questions about the vaccine, its effectiveness, testing, and side effects. This page of the CDC’s website explains the strategies for ensuring vaccine safety.
If you do choose to get a vaccine it is important that you follow through in scheduling your second vaccine, Booster shot, to occur 21 days after your first vaccine.
If you have already had COVID-19, the vaccine is still greatly recommended for the best effective on developing immunity; and for longer term immunity than any you may have experienced post infection.
COVID-19 Vaccination Site at The Pit
Vaccinations are underway for New Mexicans at The Pit. Thanks to UNM Health officials partnering with the NMDOH, our University is able to play a big part in bringing an end to this pandemic.
Although UNM facilities and staffing resources are being used to administer vaccines, the overall management and eligibility of the notification process is still being managed through the NMDOH at cvvaccine.nmhealth.org. Therefore, all questions about vaccines for New Mexicans should be directed to the NMDOH COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline at 1-855-600-3453.
First Time Vaccination Site Volunteers
Want to work The Pit’s vaccine clinic? Volunteers are being sought to perform clinical and non-clinical duties. Lobos interested in volunteering are encouraged to review the specific volunteer positions and job duties and sign up for shifts through the The Pit Vaccination Clinic Registration website.
Returning Vaccination Site Volunteers
Staff and providers who have worked at The Pit for previous shifts and have been verified will receive an email inviting them to a new, secure staffing link to sign up for more shifts. Please check your work email for this email invitation. If you previously volunteered and did not receive the emailed invitation, use The Pit Vaccination Clinic Registration website to submit your information.
Employees of UNM who volunteer may do so in accordance with the Employee Volunteer Guidelines.