COVID-19 Vaccine Information for the UNM Community
As 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
All New Mexicans age 16 and older are eligible for COVID-19 vaccine
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 vaccine allocation 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.
Get NM Notify
NM Exposure Notifications is a service developed in partnership with Google and Apple to help slow the spread of COVID-19. By opting in, your device will share anonymous tokens with other NM Exposure Notifications users using your phone’s Bluetooth. If another user you’ve been near tests positive for COVID-19 within a 14-day period, you will be notified. If you test positive, you can easily and anonymously notify others to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Tokens contain no personal information or location data and everything is completely anonymous.
NM Exposure Notifications, like wearing masks and keeping a safe distance, is another way to keep ourselves and our communities safe from the spread of COVID-19.
Learn More About Vaccines From UNM Health Sciences
Visit UNM HSC’s #10to100 site to learn more about how vaccines work, and maybe bust a myth or two you might have heard.