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State aims for easier vaccine scheduling for seniors

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The New Mexico Department of Health announced Thursday that residents age 60 or older can schedule their own appointments for COVID-19 vaccinations without first being offered one.

To do so, seniors can log on to www.vaccineNM.org with their confirmation number and date of birth, choose a location, then select from available appointments, according to a press release from NMDOH. Those 60 and older no longer need an event code to schedule an appointment.

If a desired appointment is not available, the health department said users should check again later, as providers continually update their appointment schedules. For technical assistance in scheduling an appointment, users can call 1-800-432-2080.

According to the NMDOH vaccine dashboard, 63% of New Mexicans age 60 to 74 have received at least one dose and 40% are fully vaccinated. Of those 75 and older, 73% have received at least one dose and 63% are fully vaccinated.

In county-level data available on the dashboard, those 60 and older are in Phase 1C along with frontline essential workers. Among that group in Chaves County, 73% have received at least one dose and 20% are fully vaccinated.

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Those 75 and older comprise Phase 1B. In Chaves County, 84% of that group has received at least one dose and 72% are fully vaccinated.

Overall statewide, 50% of the population age 16 or older has received one dose and 33% are fully vaccinated.

Chaves County, along with much of southeast New Mexico, is behind the statewide percentages. Only 32% of Chaves County residents have received at least one dose and 23% are fully vaccinated, according to the dashboard.

The neighboring counties of Eddy, Lea and Otero are at nearly the same percentages, while Roosevelt is at 26% for those with at least one dose and 18% fully vaccinated.

De Baca County is slightly better, at 39% and 32%, while Lincoln County is at 47% and 37%.

In its daily case update, the Department of Health announced 11 deaths related to COVID-19, including a Chaves County man in his 70s. He was hospitalized and had underlying health conditions.

Three deaths were reported in Doña Ana County. The rest were in Eddy, Lea, Lincoln, McKinley, Otero, San Juan and Sierra counties.

The total number of deaths in New Mexico is now 3,974 including 166 in Chaves County.

Twenty-three counties and one correctional facility reported 266 new cases in Thursday’s update. Two cases were reported in Chaves County. Bernalillo County had the highest at 94, followed by 42 in Doña Ana County and 26 in San Juan County.

The total number of cases in the state is 193,247, 90% of which are considered recovered. In Chaves County, 96% of the 8,765 cases are considered recovered.

As of Thursday, 87 people are hospitalized for COVID-19 in New Mexico.

Chaves County is in the low-risk Turquoise Level of the state’s Red to Green COVID-19 risk assessment system. From March 23 to April 5, the county averaged 5.3 new cases per day per 100,000 people and had a test positivity rate of 2.33%.

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

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