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Health officials in the U.S. state of New Mexico said Saturday, Jan. 9, that they would not verify the residence or citizenship of people when distributing covid-19 vaccines, local media reported Saturday.

Las Cruces, New Mexico, television station KFOX14 quoted state officials as saying that they also would not share registrants’ information on immigration status with the federal government.

Las Cruces is part of the three-city commercial borderplex composed of El Paso, Las Cruces and Ciudad Juárez in Chihuahua, Mexico.

On Friday, officials from the border city of El Paso made a similar promise, adding that the city doesn’t want to discourage undocumented individuals living in El Paso from getting the vaccine.

El Paso is a small Texas city sits on the border with Mexico.

The New Mexico Department of Health released its distribution plan for Phases 1B, 1C, and 2 for the covid-19 vaccine on Friday.

According to the plan, the vaccine will now be available for those who are 75 years of age or older, individuals 16 or older with underlying medical conditions that place them at greater risk for covid-19, frontline essential workers and vulnerable populations.

…Jan. 11, 2021

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