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May 17, 2021
SANTA FE COVID-19 UPDATE

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The New Mexico Department of Health (DOH) announced today that New Mexico has reached a key milestone: 50% of eligible New Mexicans are fully vaccinated for COVID-19, and more than 61 percent of eligible New Mexicans have received at least one dose. “More than half of eligible New Mexicans are now fully vaccinated, far above the national average of 35 percent. We’re well on our way to 60 percent fully vaccinated -- and a long-awaited reopening,” said DOH Cabinet Secretary Dr. Tracie Collins. 

SANTA FE STRONG: The state's record of success in vaccine distribution is the result of well-coordinated leadership, mobilization, and collaboration. For example: Today was the final drive-through mass vaccination event at the Midtown site. Brian Williams, the City’s Interim Director of Emergency Management and Safety, worked with Christus on logistics, with support by the Public Works Department and members of the Police and Fire Departments. He reports that a total of 9,705 doses were delivered over six events. Kudos all around!

FDA APPROVES PFIZER FOR YOUTH 12-15: New Mexico will soon begin vaccinating 12-15-year-olds -- which is a welcome next step, as there’s been a statewide uptick in cases among young people 5-17, and summer's coming. Parents are encouraged to register their children for vaccination and choose their day and time, by scheduling online at VaccineNM.org.  

EASY ACCESS, LOTS OF SHOTS: Recall that it wasn’t long ago that people were anxiously traveling to neighboring states to get vaccinated. Now there’s no scarcity of vaccine or ways to get it. In addition to frequent events, individuals can search for vaccination availability based on location, vaccine manufacturer, and type of vaccine (primary or booster dose) by using the public calendar on the DOH registration portal. Chances are that a nearby pharmacy is on the list.

NEED TO KNOW:

  • Vaccinations for New Mexicans under age 18 require parental consent, and Pfizer is the only vaccine available for anyone under 18.
  • Vaccinations are free -- there is no cost to you or your family.
  • Vaccine registration is private. The Department of Health requires no proof of residency, immigration status, insurance information, or social security information of individuals seeking vaccination.

 

ORGANIZATIONS, BUSINESSES CAN HOST VACCINATION EVENTS: The DOH launched a new webform at getvaxnm.com, which the public can use to request on-site vaccination events. Businesses, nonprofits, religious congregations, community centers, and other organizations can use the form to request a vaccination event serving at least 25 people. Read the announcement here and in Spanish: El Estado Anuncia Eventos de Vacunacion COVID-19 para Organizaciones (nmhealth.org).

SATURDAY MORNING: DOH is planning to provide Pfizer vaccinations this Saturday, May 16, and on June 6 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at Santa Maria de la Paz, located across Richards Ave. from SFCC. This event is open to the whole community. Those who are interested can register online at cvvaccine.nmhealth.org and select Santa Maria de la Paz as the location for their appointment. Anyone who needs assistance with registering will be able to do so on site and get the vaccine.

MAKE MENTAL HEALTH A PRIORITY: May is Mental Health Awareness Month -- and there are resources and support available for those who need it. New Mexico state agencies have come together to plan a wide array of resources, events, and trainings to promote behavioral health for the entire state. New Mexicans are invited to pledge to reach out, listen, and offer hope to children, youth, elders, mothers, and end the stigma around mental health. Take the pledge here: doseofwellness.com

HELPFUL HOTLINES: The New Mexico Crisis and Access Line is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year: 1-855-NMCRISIS (662-7474). The NMCAL also created an app, NMConnect, to engage people with immediate access to mental health professionals and resources. Santa Fe County Veterans can also seek help by calling (505) 988-6562.

COVID VACCINE IS A SAFE “GAME CHANGER”: In a recent WebberCast  Dr. Wendy Johnson of La Familia stated again that these are by far the safest vaccines ever developed. “There have been 1.1 billion doses given out so far in the world … and have been monitored so closely with very few adverse events. So at this point, we can’t really say they are experimental.” If you have doubts about taking the vaccine, please listen to the professional advice Dr. Johnson shared recently on the Mayor’s WebberCast. A CDC video detailing safety information about vaccines can be seen here

NEED HELP? GET HELP:

  • Anyone who needs help with up to 15 months worth of rent or utilities because of the pandemic can tap the state’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP). Apply at RentHelpNM.org.
  • Anyone in need of resources, whether it’s food, or help due to unemployment, or dealing with a housing crisis, contact CONNECT for direction to resources that help during these tough economic times. Call (505) 995-9525 or go to gov/CONNECT.

BEFORE YOU GO: Here are helpful resources and reminders:

  • SYMPTOMS? EXPOSURE?: Get a free test delivered to your door
  • GOV/NOTIFICATIONS: Make sure you’re signed up for news, announcements, and alerts, and encourage your community to do so, too.
  • Vaccinations for New Mexicans under age 18 require parental consent, and Pfizer is the only vaccine available for anyone under 18.
  • Vaccinations are free -- there is no cost to you or your family.
  • Vaccine registration is private. The Department of Health requires no proof of residency, immigration status, insurance information, or social security information of individuals seeking vaccination.

ORGANIZATIONS, BUSINESSES CAN HOST VACCINATION EVENTS: The DOH launched a new webform at getvaxnm.com, which the public can use to request on-site vaccination events. Businesses, nonprofits, religious congregations, community centers, and other organizations can use the form to request a vaccination event serving at least 25 people. Read the announcement here and in Spanish: El Estado Anuncia Eventos de Vacunacion COVID-19 para Organizaciones (nmhealth.org)

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