NMDOH Deputy Secretary Dr. Laura Parajon
SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) announced today that more than 50 percent of 12-17 year olds in the state have received at least a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, and nearly 40 percent have completed their vaccination series.
The announcement comes amid a wave of new infections connected to the Delta variant, which is 2-4 times more contagious than previous strains. In the last two weeks, cases across the country are up 131 percent, and deaths are up 65 percent.
“There is no question: vaccination is the best tool we have to protect ourselves and our loved ones from COVID-19,” DOH Deputy Secretary Dr. Laura Parajon said. “We’re so pleased at the increasing vaccine rate among young people, and we encourage parents to schedule appointments at their primary care provider, ask questions, and schedule vaccinations for their children.”
Getting vaccinated is key to protecting the vulnerable, including people who are immunocompromised and children 11 years and younger who are not yet eligible for vaccine.
The state also has recently launched a second round of the $100 COVID-19 vaccine incentive program: Stay Ahead New Mexico. For the remainder of August, all New Mexicans 12+ are eligible for a $100 incentive for getting a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. To be eligible, New Mexicans will have to receive a vaccine between August 2 and the end of the month, and will have to opt in with an email, phone number, or home address at https://vaccineNM.org/stay-ahead.
New Mexicans are encouraged to schedule vaccine appointments at https://vaccineNM.org – and to maintain COVID-safe practices such as mask-wearing, hand-washing, and physical distancing. More information is available at https://cv.nmhealth.org/.