New Mexico at the Top of the U.S. Vaccine Rollouts
April 09, 2021
A new article by The Ridgefield Press titled "New Mexico Leads Vaccine Rollout with 50% Getting 1st Shot
" recounted the vaccination efforts and plans as described by New Mexico officials, starting with the reports shared by State Health Secretary Dr. Tracie Collins. According to Collins, 50% of the residents 16 and older have gotten the first shot of the COVID-19 vaccine, and 31% of the state's residents are fully vaccinated. These numbers effectively put New Mexico at the lead of the country's vaccine rollout.
After months of combined efforts, the New Mexico National Guard has completed more than 1,230 missions all over the state, including more than 35,000 vaccinations, the consolidation of over 200 drive-thru testing sites, and a myriad of additional services.
New Mexico authorities will continue prioritizing people 75 and older and senior citizens with chronic conditions. Other plans include the implementation of at least a dozen new vaccination clinics and additional services targeted towards homebound residents. These efforts will be aided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency's funds, which add nearly $7 million to the $21 million previously allocated by the state Department of Health.
According to U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, the funds included in the federal government's latest pandemic relief package are expected to improve vaccination efforts on a nationwide scale. The grants include $20 billion and an additional $50 billion for testing, genomic sequencing of variants, and contact tracing.
Health officials emphasized the importance of maintaining public health guidelines and stated that the current color-coded risk system would likely stay in place until late May or early June.
You can read the complete article here: New Mexico Leads Vaccine Rollout with 50% Getting 1st Shot