State, UNM require booster shots for most employees

State, UNM require booster shots for most employees

A recent amended state public health order added new vaccine requirements for many workers in New Mexico — requiring those in “higher-risk environments” to receive an additional vaccination against Covid-19.

The amended health order, issued Dec. 2 by Acting Health Secretary David R. Scrase, requires a range of workers — such as state employees and those working in hospitals or public schools — to receive a “booster” shot by Jan. 17, 2022. Workers in these settings that are not vaccinated will be required to submit to weekly Covid-19 tests.

A spokesperson for Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham told Chile Street late last week the new order did not apply to employees or faculty of state colleges and universities, leaving requirements for further vaccinations up to each institution.

However, the University of New Mexico didn’t wait long before instituting its own requirement. A letter from President Garnett Stokes Wednesday notified students and employees that the university will also require “all current employees and students” to receive a booster dose of the Covid-19 vaccine by Jan. 17, 2022.

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