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NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – Top state doctors from the New Mexico Department of Health are expected to address the latest trends in COVID-19 cases and childhood vaccines at a press conference Wednesday afternoon . KRQE News 13 will live stream the briefing here on this page with coverage starting around 2pm.
Over the past two months, the state’s weekly press conferences have been dominated by a still high number of new COVID-19 cases the state suffered in September and October. In mid-October, the state officially declared “standards of care in crises,” giving hospitals in New Mexico the ability to use a more standardized procedure to decide who receives medical care.
At a press conference last week, New Mexico state epidemiologist Dr. Christine Ross said the state is “sitting on this very uncomfortable plateau, which has a tremendous impact on our health. health care delivery system and all of us here in New Mexico ”. New Mexico reported 675 new COVID cases and 12 additional COVID-related deaths on Tuesday.
Part of Tuesday’s press conference is expected to highlight the latest federal authorization for children aged 5 to 11 to receive Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine. The New Mexico Department of Health says that a dose of Pfizer’s COVID vaccine for children ages 5 to 11 contains one-third the amount of the active ingredient compared to the adult dose. According to the guidelines, children who receive the first dose will receive a second dose 21 days later.
State doctors said last week they believed eligibility for the new vaccine for children could help slow the continued spread of the Delta variant across New Mexico. According to a report released on November 1 2021, New Mexico recorded 6,656 new cases of COVID-19 in the previous week.