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State opens vaccine self-scheduling to all 16 and older


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Starting Monday, all New Mexicans age 16 and older will be able to schedule their own appointments for COVID-19 vaccines through the state’s registration system and students age 16 or older will receive priority in making appointments for the week of May 3 to 8, according to a press release from the New Mexico Department of Health.

“With public schools back in session and summer just around the corner, we want students to know that getting vaccinated against COVID-19 protects them and their families — and will help us all get back to doing the things we miss,” Dr. Tracie Collins, Department of Health secretary, said in the press release.

“Vaccinating against this virus protects students’ health and the health of the school community,” Public Education Secretary Ryan Stewart said. “Additionally, once students are fully vaccinated, they won’t have to quarantine if they’re identified as close contacts of someone with COVID-19. That could help reduce school closures in the future.”

Those under age 18 will require parental consent to schedule an appointment. The Pfizer vaccine is the only one available for 16- and 17-year-olds.

More than 966,000 New Mexicans age 16 or older, or 58%, have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, and 40% are fully vaccinated, according to the NMDOH vaccine dashboard. In Chaves County, 36% of residents age 16 or older have at least one dose, and 28% are fully vaccinated.

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In its daily case update, the health department announced 228 cases in 23 counties including 12 in Chaves County. Bernalillo County reported 83 new cases, San Juan County reported 33, Doña Ana County 19, Sandoval County 12 and Santa Fe County 10.

The total number of cases in the state is now 195,990 including 8,853 in Chaves County.

Three deaths related to COVID-19 were reported Thursday — a man in his 30s and a man in his 60s from Bernalillo County, and a man in his 90s from Doña Ana County.

The total number of deaths in New Mexico is 4,023 including 167 in Chaves County.

As of Thursday, 120 people were hospitalized in the state for COVID-19.

Chaves County is in the Yellow Level of the state’s COVID-19 risk assessment system. From March 6 to 19, the county had an average of 10.5 new cases per day per 100,000 people and a test positivity rate of 3.66%.

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

To keep up with local coverage of the coronavirus, go to rdrnews.com/category/news/covid-19-situation/.

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