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State edges closer to vaccination goal


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Overall, just over 57% of the state population has completed a COVID-19 vaccination series, edging closer to the goal of 60% fully vaccinated and the lifting of restrictions.

That percentage amounts to 959,708 people age 16 or older who have completed a series of one of the three available COVID-19 vaccines, according to the New Mexico Department of Health’s vaccine dashboard.

The state will reach its goal two weeks after 1,008,363 people have completed the series, based on the 1,680,605 people the New Mexico Department of Health says are eligible for the vaccine.

Under guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control, it takes two weeks from a second shot of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines, or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, for a person to be considered fully vaccinated.

Just over 66% of New Mexicans, or 1.1 million, have had at least one vaccine dose.

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The number of youth in New Mexico getting the vaccine continues to increase. More than 5,700 of those age 12 to 15, or 5.1%, have completed the series of Pfizer vaccine, which is the only one cleared for that age group. More than 25,000 have received at least one dose, or 22.5%.

In Chaves County, 36.3% of residents age 16 or older have completed a vaccine series while 41.5% have received at least one dose.

In the daily case update for Wednesday, NMDOH reported 94 new cases of COVID-19 statewide. That includes four cases in Chaves County, 29 in Bernalillo County and 11 in Santa Fe County. Seventeen counties each reported fewer than 10 new cases each.

The total number of cases in the state is now 203,823 including 9,039 in Chaves County.

Five deaths related to COVID-19 were reported Wednesday. Two were men from Santa Fe County, one in his 50s and one in his 70s. Another man in his 50s from San Juan County died. All three had been hospitalized and had underlying health conditions.

A man in his 90s from Bernalillo County and a woman in her 40s from Rio Arriba County died. Both had underlying health conditions.

The total number of deaths in the state is 4,292 including 169 in Chaves County.

As of Wednesday, 100 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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