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Posted: July 27, 2021

Free Metro Area Immunization Clinics

Through Aug. 14, including 4 at APS high schools

In an effort to make sure all students are up-to-date on their immunizations, the New Mexico Immunization Coalition is hosting Got Shots events through Aug. 14. Four of those events will be held at APS high schools:

  • Thursday, July 29, from 2-6 p.m. at Albuquerque High School, 800 Odelia Rd. NE
  • Monday, Aug. 2, from 2-6 p.m. at La Cueva High School, 7801 Wilshire Ave. NE
  • Wednesday, Aug. 4, from 2-6 p.m. at Cibola High School, 1510 Ellison Dr. NW
  • Thursday, Aug. 5, from 2-6 p.m. at West Mesa High School, 6701 Fortuna Rd. NW 

Students can get all school-required immunizations plus the COVID-19 vaccine for students ages 12 and up at these four events. 

At this time, New Mexico is not requiring that public school students be vaccinated for COVID-19, though students ages 12 and up are encouraged to get the vaccine. 

Those who do have insurance are asked to bring their insurance cards as well as shot records. 

A parent or guardian must be present. 

Other Got Shots Events in Bernalillo County (Participating providers open their doors to all children, regardless of whether they are patients or have insurance.)

Required Immunizations for K-12 Students

  • 4 or 5 doses of Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis (DTaP)
  • 3 doses of Hepatitis B (Hep B)
  • 3 or 4 doses of Polio (IPV)
  • 2 doses of Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR)
  • 2 doses of Varicella
  • 2 doses of Hepatitis A (Hep A)

Additional Immunizations for 7th-12th Graders

  • 1 dose of Tetanus-Diphtheria-Pertussis (Tdap)
  • 1 dose of Meningococcal (Men ACWY) (required 7th-9th grade; recommended 10th-12th)
  • 2-3 doses of Human Papillomavirus (HPV) (Not required; highly recommended)

Immunizations protect children from serious illnesses. Studies show they are safe and effective in helping children stay healthy. The protection of vaccines far outweighs the small risk of serious complications. Most childhood vaccines are more than 90 percent effective in preventing disease. Contact your child's health care provider to discuss possible side effects of certain vaccines.

Vaccines also can be obtained through your child's health care provider or through a New Mexico Department of Health Public Health office. Check with your school's health office staff if you have questions about required immunizations for school attendance.

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