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Vaccination rates increasing for ages 12-17 in New Mexico

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More than half of eligible young New Mexicans have now received at least one dose of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine and almost 40% have completed the vaccine series, the New Mexico Department of Health said Thursday.

Of those age 12 to 17 in the state, 85,041, or 51%, have gotten at least one shot, according to the NMDOH vaccine dashboard. Just over 66,000 or 39.6% have received both shots. The state’s data does not show vaccination rates for that age group at the county level.

That announcement comes during a wave of new infections connected to the delta variant, which is two to four times more contagious than other strains, the health department said in a press release.

“There is no question: vaccination is the best tool we have to protect ourselves and our loved ones from COVID-19,” DOH Deputy Secretary Dr. Laura Parajon said in the press release. “We’re so pleased at the increasing vaccine rate among young people, and we encourage parents to schedule appointments at their primary care provider, ask questions, and schedule vaccinations for their children.”

Among those age 18 and older statewide, 73.6% have received at least one dose of vaccine and 65.2% have completed a series of shots. In Chaves County, as of data updated Monday, 48.1% have received at least one dose and 42.9% have completed a vaccine series.

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In its daily case update, the Department of Health reported 671 new COVID-19 cases Thursday, including 36 in Chaves County.

Bernalillo County reported 147 new cases, Doña Ana had 65, Eddy County 61, San Juan County had 53, Curry and Santa Fe counties each had 33, Lea County had 29, Sandoval County had 28, Lincoln County 26, Otero County 23 and Hidalgo County had 20. Seventeen other counties and the Otero County Federal Processing Center and the Otero County Processing Center also reported new cases.

The total number of cases in the state since March 2020 is 213,247 including 9,342 in Chaves County.

Three deaths were reported Thursday — a man in his 30s from Eddy County, a man in his 30s from Grant County and a man in his 60s from San Juan County. All had been hospitalized and had underlying health conditions.

The total number of deaths in New Mexico is 4,419 including 173 in Chaves County.

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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