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Chaves County ranks low by percentage of population vaccinated

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More Chaves County residents are receiving first and second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine although the county ranks low by percentage of population receiving vaccines. Overall the state has administered more doses than it has received from the government, according to updated data on the online vaccine dashboard.

Some providers in New Mexico, and elsewhere in the country, have been able to get a sixth dose from the five-dose vials of the Pfizer vaccine, Dr. David Scrase said in a livestreamed update Wednesday afternoon.

That has occasionally resulted in the cumulative doses administered in the state exceeding the reported number of doses received.

Wednesday’s update showed the state has received 454,450 doses but administered 465,715 doses — a difference of 11,265.

In Chaves County, 5,531 people have received the first dose of vaccine, 98 more than on Wednesday’s update. That equals 11.25% of the population over the age of 16.

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By percentage of population, that puts Chaves County near the bottom of New Mexico’s counties ahead of Torrance and Eddy counties. In Torrance County, 8.9% of its population has received one dose, while Eddy County is at 11.1%.

Leading the state is Guadalupe County at 41.9%, followed by Union County at 34%, Colfax at 33.4%, Harding at 32.8%, and Cibola at 31.8%.

Another 58 Chaves County residents became fully vaccinated according to the dashboard’s data, bringing that total to 2,110 or 4.3% of the population over the age of 16.

That also ranks Chaves County third from the bottom by percentage, again just ahead of Eddy and Torrance counties. Eddy County is at 3.4% while Torrance County is at 3.7%

Guadalupe and Union counties also lead the state in percentage of population fully vaccinated at 34.7% and 21.4%, respectively. San Miguel is next at 17.2%, followed by Cibola at 16.6% and Harding at 15%.

Overall, 311,904 people in New Mexico have received a first vaccine dose and 153,811 are fully vaccinated. More than 631,000 are registered to receive the vaccine.

Thursday’s COVID numbers

In the daily COVID-19 update from the New Mexico Department of Health, 27 counties and one correctional facility reported 411 new cases Thursday. That includes five new cases in Chaves County.

Bernalillo County had the most new cases at 125, followed by Doña Ana County with 96.

The total number of cases in the state is now 181,739. In Chaves County, the total is 8,529.

There were no local deaths related to COVID-19 among the 18 reported Thursday in the state.

Bernalillo County reported four deaths. Doña Ana County had three. Otero, Sandoval and Valencia counties each reported two. Curry, Eddy, Grant, San Juan and Santa Fe counties each had one.

The total number of deaths in the state is 3,580 including 146 in Chaves County.

As of Thursday, 284 people were hospitalized in the state for COVID-19.

City/RISD reporter Juno Ogle can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or reporter04@rdrnews.com.

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