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New Mexicans getting COVID-19 booster shots

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The number of New Mexico adults getting their first or second doses of COVID-19 vaccine increased only slightly from last week, but those getting a booster shot increased by almost 36%, according to data from the New Mexico Department of Health.

Almost 11% of those 18 or older in New Mexico — 176,954 people — have received a booster shot, according to the NMDOH vaccine dashboard. That’s an increase of 46,640 people from Oct. 25. A booster shot can be given six months after an individual completes the initial Moderna or Pfizer vaccinations or two months after the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Adults completing an initial vaccination rose by only 0.5% in the state to 1,179,639, or 72.6% of the adult population. Those who have at least one dose rose by 0.7% to 1,339,396, or 82.4% of the adult population.

In Chaves County, 23,972 adults, or 50.5%, have completed an initial vaccine series, an increase of 0.6% from last week. Those who have at least one dose in Chaves County increased by 0.5% to 26,870, or 56.6% of adults.

Of 12 to 17 year olds, 104,458, or 62.6%, have at least one dose and 90,771, or 54.4%, have completed the Pfizer series of doses.

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County-level data on 12 to 17 year olds and booster shots are not posted on the dashboard.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expected to announce this week whether or not it approves the Pfizer vaccine for children age 5 to 11. New Mexico parents can now create a child’s profile at www.vaccinenm.org and link it to their own to fill complete guardian consent forms or schedule an appointment for their child.

In the daily case update, NMDOH reported 2,630 new cases of COVID-19 Saturday, Sunday and Monday, the highest three-day total since a surge of cases started over the summer.

Monday’s total was almost 300 cases more than the Oct. 25 report, the surge’s previous high three-day total.

Chaves County’s 68 cases was the highest among southeast New Mexico counties, but was not among the county’s highest three-day totals.

Eddy County had 40 cases for the three days. Curry County reported 37 cases, Lincoln County had 36, Roosevelt County had 31, Quay County had 11 and De Baca County had four.

Bernalillo County had 658 cases, San Juan County had 404, Doña Ana County had 329, Otero County had 153, Sandoval County had 143 and McKinley County had 135. Thirty-one counties and three correctional facilities reported new cases over the three days.

The total number of cases in the state since March 2020 is 277,835, including 12,856 in Chaves County.

Twelve deaths were reported, including a Chaves County woman in her 70s. She had been hospitalized, according to the NMDOH update. She is the 204th local death related to COVID-19.

Doña Ana, San Juan and Valencia counties each reported two deaths. Bernalillo, Lincoln, McKinley, Otero and Roosevelt counties each reported one.

The total number of deaths in the state related to COVID-19 is 5,061.

As of Monday, 368 people were hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19.

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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