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Half of eligible New Mexicans now fully vaccinated

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The New Mexico Department of Health announced Thursday that half of New Mexicans age 16 or older are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced last month the state would fully reopen from health order restrictions when 60% of the eligible population becomes fully vaccinated. That is projected to happen at the end of June.

“More than half of eligible New Mexicans are now fully vaccinated, far above the national average of 35%. We’re well on our way to 60% fully vaccinated — and a long-awaited reopening,” DOH Cabinet Secretary Dr. Tracie Collins said in a press release Thursday.

Although children as young as 12 are now able to receive the Pfizer vaccine, the state will continue to consider residents 16 and older as eligible in measuring its progress in reaching that goal, health officials have said. Parents of those 12 and older can register their children for a vaccination appointment at vaccineNM.org, however.

The NMDOH vaccine dashboard showed Thursday afternoon that 51% of those eligible, or 857,798 New Mexicans, are fully vaccinated. Just over 1 million, or 62.3%, have had at least one dose.

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Chaves County, along with other southeast New Mexico counties, lags behind the state numbers. Just over 32%, or 16,052 of those 16 and older in Chaves County, are fully vaccinated, while 38.3%, or 19,010, have received at least one dose, according to the dashboard Thursday afternoon.

In its daily case update, the health department reported 202 new cases of COVID-19 in 22 counties and one correctional institute.

Chaves County reported six new cases. Bernalillo County had 73, followed by San Juan County with 32. Torrance County reported 18 and Valencia County had 12. Curry and Santa Fe counties each had 10. The other counties and the Guadalupe County Correctional Facility each reported fewer than 10 new cases.

The total number of cases in the state is now 200,432 including 8,967 in Chaves County.

Two deaths related to COVID-19 were reported Thursday — a man in his 50s from Bernalillo County and a man in his 60s from Santa Fe County. Both had been hospitalized and had underlying health conditions.

The total number of deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19 is 4,112 including 171 in Chaves County.

As of Thursday, 196 people were hospitalized for COVID-19 in the state.

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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