Beginning Thursday, New Mexico will report vaccinations based on the 18 and older population. County-based totals will also be based on the population older than 18. Vaccinations among youths 12 to 17 will appear on the dashboard as well.
The state had previously used a 16 and older age grouping to report vaccinations, as well as a separate category for New Mexicans 12 to 15.
“At the time we announced our goal of 60 percent vaccinated, only New Mexicans 16+ were eligible,” said NMDOH Secretary Dr. Tracie Collins. “After meeting that goal, we’ve decided to modify our reporting to 18+ so as to align with White House and CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) reporting standards.”