WHO is eligible for a COVID-19 Vaccine?
Phase 1A, 1B, 1C
Four groups were eligible for vaccine:
· Phase 1A (primarily health care workers and residents and staff of long-term care facilities)
· New Mexicans age 75 and older
· Educators, early childhood professionals, and school staff
· New Mexicans with a chronic health condition
These groups remain eligible. In addition, the following groups are now eligible:
· Frontline essential workers
· Residents of congregate care facilities
· New Mexicans age 60 and older
· Other essential workers
All persons serving in health care settings who have direct or indirect exposure to patients or infectious materials and are unable to work from home, as well as residents of long-term care facilities. Also includes workers in congregate settings.
PHASE1A: CONSISTS OF HEALTHCARE PERSONNEL, STAFF AND RESIDENTS OF LONG-TERM CARE FACILITIES, STAFF OF OTHER CONGREGATE CARE FACILITIES, AND OTHER PERSONNEL WITH DIRECT EXPOSURE TO INFECTIOUS PEOPLE OR MATERIALS
In Phase 1A, workers who provide healthcare and other direct in-person services to patients, persons with disabilities, and persons living in congregate care settings who are at risk of exposure to the virus or who handle infectious materials will be vaccinated. A non-exhaustive list of individuals are eligible for vaccine in Phase 1A include the following. (For a complete list of individuals falling within Phase 1A, see Appendix A.)
•All hospital personnel
•Residents of nursing homes and long-term care facilities
•Medical first responders
•Congregate setting healthcare workers and those workers in congregate settings who may have close contact with infected persons
•Persons providing direct medical care and other in person services in the community
•Home-based healthcare and hospice workers
All individuals 75 years of age and older, individuals 16 or older with underlying medical conditions that place them at greater risk from COVID-19, front-line essential workers5 who cannot work remotely, and vulnerable populations.
PHASE1B:PERSONS 75 YEARS OR OLDER,16 YEARS OR OLDER WITH AT LEAST ONE CHRONIC CONDITION, FRONT-LINE ESSENTIAL WORKERS IN CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE WORKPLACES, VULNERABLE POPULATIONS.
Phase 1B will be administered to groups in the following sequence:
●Persons 75 years or older
●Persons 16 years or older with at least one of chronic medical conditions identified below
●Frontline essential workers as identified below
A. Persons 75 years of age or older: This group faces the highest risk of hospitalization, morbidity and mortality from COVID-19. Vaccine scheduling appointments will be made available to this group as soon as Phase 1B begins; it may take several weeks for all eligible seniors to receive a vaccine.
B. Persons 16 years of age or older with at least one of the following conditions:Conditions with increased risk of severe illness:
●Chronic kidney disease
●COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), pulmonary fibrosis, cystic fibrosis
●Heart conditions (heart failure, hypertension, coronary artery disease or cardiomyopathies)
●Immunocompromised state from solid organ transplant
●Sickle cell disease
●Type 2 Diabetes
Conditions that might involve increased risk:
●Cerebrovascular disease (previous stroke, TIA)
●Hypertension or high blood pressure
●Immunocompromised state from blood or bone marrow transplant, immune deficiencies, HIV, use of corticosteroids or use of other immune-weakening medicines
●Neurologic conditions such as dementia
●Overweight (BMI >25 but <30)
●Pulmonary fibrosis (having damaged or scarred lung tissues)
●Type 1 diabetes
C. Frontline essential workers: Workers in essential and other industries that are part of America’s critical infrastructure.8 Many of these workers operate in roles that require significant person-to-person interactions and place them at greater risk of COVID-19 infection. Vaccine access is critical not only to protect these workers but also to maintain the essential services they provide in New Mexico. Because the number of people in Phase 1B is much larger than available supply, not all frontline essential workers can be vaccinated simultaneously. Frontline essential workers will be vaccinated in the following order.
●Family home caregivers, child care workers, (paid or unpaid) of persons who care for those with high-risk conditions
●Early education and K-12 educators/staff and other personnel in educational institutions needed on-site to support in-person learning
●Higher education staff
●Grocery store workerso
Personnel at grocery stores, supermarkets, food banks, farmers' markets and vendors who sell food, convenience stores, and other businesses that generate the majority of their revenue from the sale of canned food, dry goods, fresh fruits and vegetables, fresh meats, fish, and poultry, and any other household consumer products, as well as pet food, feed, and other animal supplies
●Food and agriculture workers, including farms, ranches and other food cultivation operations
●Food processing or packaging operations
●Public transit workers
●Critical manufacturing workers, including:oMedical supplies and equipment, manufacturing agents, chemicals, fertilizer, pharmaceuticals, sanitary products, household paper products, microelectronics/semi-conductors, primary metals, electrical equipment, appliances and components, and transportation equipment
●Adult and child protective services workers
●Public health, environmental, occupational health and other workers who perform in-person inspections to promote health and safety of licensed and unlicensed facilities and operations
●Mortuary, cremation and cemetery service workers
●Court personnel; elected and appointed officials in government who are unable to work remotely and/or telework
●Personnel who provide in-person services necessary to maintain the safety and sanitation of residences or essential businesses including security services, towing services, custodial services, plumbers, electricians, and other skilled trades
●Hardware and construction stores
●Laundromats and dry cleaner services
●Workers not covered in Phase 1A in research centers and laboratories who are unable to work remotely and/or telework
●Workers and volunteers who provide in-person services to indigent or needy populations
●Laboratories and defense and national security-related operations supporting the United States government, or contractors to the United States government or any federal entity who are unable to work remotely and/or telework
●Emergency Operations Center (EOC) personnel; PPE and vaccine warehouse workers
D. Populations in congregate settings: Persons in congregate settings who have not been vaccinated as part of other phases will be identified as a vulnerable population. Populations in congregate settings include those persons unable to self-isolate or stay six feet apart from each other, which can result in increased spread of COVID-19 within and outside congregate settings. Congregate settings include homeless shelters, residential treatment centers, community homes, corrections or detention facilities, and juvenile justice facilities.
Below is the sequence for Phase 1C vaccine distribution.
A. Persons 60 years or older
B. Essential workers not included in Phase 1B and who are unable to work remotely and/or telework:
Workers falling within this category will be vaccinated in the following order.
•Businesses that store, transport or deliver goods or services directly to residences, retailers, government institutions, or essential businesses
* Automobile repair facilities, bike repair facilities, and retailers who generate the majority of their revenue from the sale of automobile or bike repair products
* Airlines and airport operations5o
* Taxis and other private transportation providers
* Transportation network companies
●Utilities, including contractors, suppliers, and supportive operations, engaged in power generation, fuel supply and transmission, water and wastewater supply
●Food service personnel not included in Phase 1B, including restaurant and quick service food operations and food prep centers
●Consumer goods, retail
●Finance/banking staff, including banks, credit unions, insurance providers, payroll services, brokerage services and investment management firms
●Information technology and communications personnel
●Energy industry personnel
●Legal and accounting personnel
●Veterinary and livestock services, animal shelters and facilities providing pet adoption, grooming, daycare or boarding
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