NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – The New Mexico Department of Health is focused on increasing the low COVID-19 vaccination rates for Hispanic, Latinx, and African American youth between the ages of 12 and 24. Dr. Laura Parajon discusses what steps the state is taking to make this happen.

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NMDOH reminds the community that vaccines are always free and you don’t need insurance in order to get vaccinated. Also, immigration status doesn’t matter. Being vaccinated will not affect a path toward citizenship now, or ever.

Another topic that is frequently asked about is if the vaccines will affect fertility. NMDOH states that COVID-19 vaccines are completely safe and current data actually points to the dangers of being pregnant and unvaccinated.

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