SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) – The New Mexico Department of Health announced Friday that the state would be following the CDC’s updated guidelines regarding vaccinated persons and masks. In an updated public health order, Secretary of the Department of Health Dr. Tracie Collins clarified that fully vaccinated people do not have to wear masks in most settings unless directed by a healthcare professional to wear one.

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Masks are still required to be worn by all individuals in the following settings:

  • Health care settings, including but not limited to hospitals, long-term care facilities, and doctors’ offices
  • Correctional facilities
  • Homeless shelters
  • Public transportation, including but not limited to buses, trains, and planes and in transportation hubs such as airports and stations

Also, pending additional guidance from the CDC, masks continue to be required in schools for all students and school staff regardless of vaccination status. “Unvaccinated individuals remain at risk of contracting and spreading the virus; over 99% percent of new COVID-19 cases nationwide are among the unvaccinated,” said Tracie Collins in a news release. “Please schedule your shot today at and protect yourself and your loved ones.”

Earlier this week the New Mexico Department of Health Medical Advisory Team approved the use of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children 12 and older. The decision came after the Food and Drug Administration approved the Pfizer vaccine for administration to 12-15-year-olds. Parents can register their children on the state’s vaccine website.