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April 14, 2021
Leading the Nation in Vaccination


April 14, 2021

Safe. Open. Together

#AllTogetherSantaFe #SantaFePromise

LEADING THE NATION IN VACCINATION: Vigilance, cooperation, and collaboration have helped make our state an example for the rest of the nation. Politico praised the state’s vaccination distribution on Monday: “New Mexico in recent days became the state first to provide at least one dose to half of its adult population, and a nation-leading 38 percent of adults are fully vaccinated. It’s also among the top-performing states on equity: Over 26 percent of Blacks, 32 percent of Hispanics and 41 percent of Asians received at least one shot, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation review of the 41 states publicly reporting ethnic and racial data.

‘They are an exemplar,’ said Georges Benjamin, the executive director of the American Public Health Association. ‘Their model works.’” Read the article here.

WE’RE NUMBER ONE, IN WASHINGTON: The recognition reaches beyond favorable press and into high levels of national policy making. The Department of Health reports that tomorrow morning (Thursday, April 15), at 8:00 a.m. Mountain Time, New Mexico Secretary of Health Dr. Tracie Collins will testify before a U.S. Senate Committee hearing entitled “Shot of Truth: Communicating Trusted Vaccine Information.” It can be viewed here. Dr. Collins will discuss New Mexico’s efforts to disseminate accurate, timely information about vaccine safety to rural areas and communities of color -- as well as to encourage more New Mexicans to get vaccinated.

REGISTRATION ENSURES VACCINATION: Even though distribution of Johnson & Johnson vaccine is paused for now, there’s still plenty of vaccine coming. Currently, 68% of Santa Fe County residents are registered. If you need to register, or know anyone who needs help doing so, please go to Kids should be registered, too, in case the age of eligibility is lowered from 16.

VAX HESITANT?: If you have any questions about the efficacy, safety, or general questions about the COVID-19 vaccines, please talk to your doctor and visit

DRIVE-IN SHOTS, REGISTRATION REQUIRED: After a successful initial drive-in event last Friday at the Midtown campus, CHRISTUS St. Vincent plans on vaccinating some 2,000 people a day at a series of 11 similar events taking place through May, starting tomorrow. To get an event code invitation, you need to be registered with the DOH ( The City is supporting the operations and providing the venue. Brian Williams, Acting Emergency Management Director, and Sam Burnett, Midtown property manager, help to coordinate logistics on the site, and the Police and Fire Departments also pitch in, directing traffic and provided medical backup.

WALK-IN SHOTS BY APPOINTMENT, NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED: CHRISTUS is also doing walk-in vaccinations in clinics at the hospital. Anyone 40+ can call (505) 913-3080 to schedule an appointment, even if they haven’t registered with the DOH.

SENIORITY: Anyone 65+ can self-schedule their vaccination appointments on the DOH website.

OPERATION FACEMASK: The City of Santa Fe is now distributing free masks at libraries, recreation centers, and tourism offices. These are reusable/washable cotton masks that come in packs of five; one pack is provided per individual or two packs per household, while supplies last. The Emergency Proclamation that Mayor Webber signed is a powerful reminder that the City is still under a health emergency. Among many other requirements, wearing a mask when out in public is still the law: “Unless a healthcare provider instructs otherwise or the State exempts a person from wearing a facial covering, all individuals shall wear a mask or facial covering in public settings except when eating or drinking.” This applies to everyone--even those who have been vaccinated.

SANCTUARY CITY: Undocumented residents of Santa Fe may understandably be wary about registering for and receiving vaccines--but there’s nothing to worry about. There is no requirement at any stage of the process to declare immigration status. In a pandemic, what’s good for one of us is good for all of us.


  • If you are in need of resources, whether it’s food, or help due to unemployment, or dealing with a housing crisis, go to gov/CONNECTfor direction to resources that help during these tough economic times.
  • You can apply for rental assistance at Apply online, or call 1-833-485-1334 to speak to a representative.
  • COVID-fatigue is real. If you or a loved one is suffering with mental and/or behavioral health issues, please call 1-855-NMCRISIS hotline, reach out to your health care provider, and talk to a family member or friend immediately. 

BEFORE YOU GO: Here are reminders of some helpful resources:

  • org: Spanish-language materials and organizations aiding efforts in the fight against COVID

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