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New Mexico makes vaccine appointments easier for seniors

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is making it easier for residents 60 and up to get a COVID-19 vaccine. Health officials announced Thursday that seniors can now schedule appointments to get a shot directly. That gives them a priority for picking dates and locations for their appointments. The move follows a federal report finding New Mexico lagged behind other states in distributing the vaccine to highly vulnerable populations. Younger residents are still expected to respond to first-come, first-served offers for vaccinations through texts and emails. Everyone is encouraged to register for the vaccine and select appointments online, but a tech support phone number is available.