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J&J’S “ONE AND DONE” VACCINE: 17,200 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine arrived in New Mexico this week. Locally, CHRISTUS St. Vincent received 1,500 doses and La Familia got 200. It’s a start. Both medical institutions are conducting outreach to get those shots in the arms of 75+ residents and those with chronic underlying conditions. The new single-dose vaccine helps ease the shortage in Santa Fe, and the convenience factor is a bonus. That said, Dr. Wendy Johnson of La Familia Medical Center cautions against vaccine-shopping: “Take whatever vaccine you're offered. Don’t be picky!”
WHAT’S FAIR IS FAIR: There is concern locally about the equitability of vaccine distribution. Native Americans and the 75+ Anglo populations are getting vaccinated at a higher rate than African American and Hispanic populations. This disparity is an unintentional consequence of well-meaning policies, but it still means that many of those who need it most are not getting their shots. Mayor Webber is raising these concerns with the Department of Health and advocating for more outreach to the hard-hit 87507 and 87505 zip codes. Not only is this an urgent public health necessity, but many of our essential workers and members of the hospitality workforce live in those areas. Santa Fe’s economic recovery will depend on the health and well-being of those residents.
NO QUESTIONS ASKED: 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, so spread the word for everyone to register to get vaccinated and show up for the appointment when the time comes.
GETTING TO GREEN: There’s a good chance that Santa Fe County will enter the Green zone when the Department of Health updates its ratings next Wednesday. Watch this space for what that will mean for re-openings and relaxing of restrictions. In the meantime, do what needs to be done to make it happen: mask up, keep your distance, don’t hang out with big groups of friends or even family, and keep those hands clean. If we want to get to Turquoise and enjoy a fun and prosperous summer full of concerts, the opera, art markets, and fiestas, we can’t afford to let our guards down now.
WHEN IS AN ALLERGY NOT AN ALLERGY? Those sniffly-sneezy-clogged up symptoms are coming around again, but allergy-sufferers should not assume they’re just the usual seasonal attack--it could be you-know-what. "Get tested to make sure," says Dr. Wendy Johnson. It can’t hurt, and it sure can help. Treatment of early-stage COVID is way preferable to critical care treatment, and testing negative helps with the county's risk rating. It’s a no-lose deal.
STOP COVID WITH NOVID: Using the NOVID app could be incredibly helpful as residents start to move about the city, and institutions like schools begin to reopen. NOVID uses Bluetooth technology and serves as a radar-like early warning system for proximity to COVID infections. It’s anonymous and self-reporting, so privacy is not a concern. The more people that use it, the more effective it will be in helping to continually bend the curve in the right direction. Learn more about it here, download the app, and enter the code SANTAFE.
NEED HELP? GET HELP:
- Anyone who’s 75+ and having trouble registering online for the vaccine, or is concerned that they have registered but haven’t gotten an appointment, please call the DOH hotline at 1-855-600-3453 to see if they can offer direct assistance.
- 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/CONNECT for direction to resources that help during these tough economic times.
- If you have a primary health provider, whether a doctor or nurse practitioner, check in with them to see if they have advice or assistance about vaccinations.
- If you are a regular patient at one of our major hospitals, whether it be LaFamilia, CHRISTUS, or Presbyterian, they can offer assistance.
- 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 more helpful resources:
- org: Spanish-language materials and organizations aiding efforts in the fight against COVID
- Order your free test from vaulthealth.com and get it delivered to your home.
Register to get vaccinated: cvvaccine.nmhealth.org