New Mexico
Pharmacists Association

Department of Health Information:

Facts and Myths about vaccinations

Department of Health letter regarding educator vaccinations:

Educator letter from DOH

Public Education FAQ about school reentry plans

COVID-19 Vaccination Billing guidance: (2/9/21 update)

Presbyterian (OptumRx)

Blue Cross Blue Shield (Prime Therapeutics)

Western Sky Community Care (CVS Caremark)

Medicaid fee-for-service 

Department of Health

(1/22/2021 update)

New Mexico is evaluating its participation in the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program. The state will select the option which provides the most benefit to New Mexicans. The recent change in administrations will likely have significant impact in the COVID-19 vaccine rollout and state decision regarding the program.

Regardless of participation in the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program, the state plans on heavy utilization of pharmacy partners throughout the COVID-19 vaccination process. 

In order to be prepared for either scenario, we encourage ALL New Mexico pharmacies to be enrolled as state covid-19 providers. 

Pharmacies who have registered through their distributor or through the Federal Retail Program will need to complete an additional COVID-19 Vaccine Provider application through the state COVID-19 website in order to be a registered state COVID-19 provider. 

The application is available at . Questions may be directed to

Note from Dale Tinker not from DOH: The focus is on getting vaccines to New Mexicans in the proper categories. Those categories have been explained during pharmacy calls with the DOH staff. The first Categories are 1a and 1b. There are complaints about providers allowing people to jump the lines. Our pharmacies need to follow the stated categories to be in compliance with the DOH requirements, with the instruction that people can be brought in for a vaccination out of order, only if there is a chance that a dose might be wasted.

The document linked below provides extensive guidance to get your pharmacy established as a vaccine provider and to be prepared for providing your patients the COVID-19 vaccinations.

   Here is the COVID-19 Provider Guide from the Department of Health

Below is a link to Northwestern’s FREE COVID-19: Vaccines 101 Online Courses.

Below is the link for pharmacies and pharmacists to register as vaccine providers:

Below is the link on how to sign up to be a COVID vaccinator… information from Courtney w/ the NM DOH!




Below are several files regarding the Moderna vaccine
(posted 12/23/20)

1. Providing the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine

- Helping Recipients Understand What to Expect

2. Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Storage & Handling

    Files for pharmacist use and information (12-14-2020)

    Vaccine Expiration Date Tracker

    Pfizer temperature log Ultracold storage - Fahrenheit

    Pfizer temperature log Ultracold storage - Celsius

    Pfizer Storage Summary

    Prizer Storage Label

    Pfizer Beyond Use Date Tracking labels

    Dry ice Safety - Healthcare

    COVID-19 Resources 

      We have received some updated information from the NM Department of Health.

      The files have been linked below. I encourage pharmacists to review the files, especially the presentation from Courtney Lovato, the Department of Health Pharmacist.

      1. Presentation - Courtney Lovato, NM DOH Pharmacist

      2. Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program for COVID-19 Vaccination

      3. Pharmacy Partnership for LTC Program for COVID-19 Vaccination - FAQ's

      Updates for Pharmacies and Pharmacists planning to provide COVID-19 testing

      1. The Board of Pharmacy has updated the guidance provided on May 11.

      Updated on May 20, 2020.

      2. Department of Health test reporting instructions:

      Instruction information

      3. Department of Health report format

      csv file format in Excel

      4. Federal Department of Health and Human Services

      Document dated May 19, 2020

      Board of Pharmacy COVID-19 Page

      There is a lot of information on the Board website regarding releases about dealing with various pharmacy issues!

      NM Human Services Department - received 3/19/20

      Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) releases - Temporary Enforcement Guidance for Respirator Fit Testing Requirements

      COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions for Providers - New Mexico Health and Humans Services Department

      New Mexico Immunization Coalition - 5/5/20 

      Frequently Asked Questions about Routine Vaccinations due to COVID-19 Current as of May 5, 2020—clinic priorities will likely change in the future. Call your provider for more information - New Mexico Immunization Coalition

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