Mon. Aug 2nd, 2021

NEW MEXICO REACHES 59% VACCINATION RATE

As of Thursday, 59% of New Mexicans are fully vaccinated. State officials set the goal to reach 60% fully vaccinated by midnight Friday morning. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said the state will fully reopen two weeks after reaching the 60% milestone. In an effort to reach the goal by July, the state has offered numerous incentives to get people vaccinated.

The incentives are reportedly leading to a surge in vaccinations. More than five times as many people have gotten their Johnson and Johnson single-dose vaccines than before those incentives took effect, according to KOB News.

Dr. David Scrase, cabinet secretary for the Human Services Department, said health officials will meet on Friday to determine what path to take even if the 60% goal isn’t met by Thursday evening. “After we get the Thursday data in, and take a look at where we’re at, and I’m confident that we’ll end up with doing the right thing for the people of New Mexico.”

Additionally, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s administration has revised the state’s COVID-safe practices for youth sports. Effective immediately, fully vaccinated players will not have to wear face coverings on the field of play. A person is considered fully vaccinated when they reach two weeks after their second dose of Pfizer or Moderna, or two weeks after a dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.