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New Mexican’s eligible for COVID-19 vaccine concerned they are being skipped

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Many New Mexican’s who’ve registered to get the COVID-19 vaccine are still waiting to schedule their first appointment, many of who are in that 1A and partial 1B category.More than 437,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been given to New Mexicans.”So when you think about the number of people who are in that phase 1A and the first two subgroups of 1B, it’s about 800,000,” said New Mexico Department of Health Secretary Dr. Tracie Collins.But there is still a long list of people waiting to make their first appointment.”If we’re receiving about 70,000 does a week, we have to think that’s going to take several weeks out to get through those groups,” Collins said.Like New Mexican Barbara Bates and her partner.”If we don’t get in to get that initial injection, we would suffer the full effects of the variant and for someone like me, like my partner, like the people I know, if we don’t have this, it’s like lights out,” Bates said.The NMDOH estimates there are about 800,000 people currently eligible for vaccination in New Mexico under the current 1A and 1B tier. Bates and many others fit into that category but are still waiting.”My partner has hypertension and I have a few cardiac conditions, I have hypertension, I have asthma,” Bates said.According to a new Kaiser health news analysis, Black American’s are currently receiving COIVD-19 vaccinations at dramatically lower rates than white Americans. Collins said that is something the department is considering.”We’re also looking at social vulnerability and looking at what areas are hardest hit and where are the areas most vulnerable to COVID,” Bates said. “And within those most vulnerable, we are taking into account race and ethnicity.”Groups eligible for vaccination include hospital staff, medical first responders, people living in and working at long-term care facilities, people 75 and older and people 16 and older with a pre-existing health condition.

Many New Mexican’s who’ve registered to get the COVID-19 vaccine are still waiting to schedule their first appointment, many of who are in that 1A and partial 1B category.

More than 437,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been given to New Mexicans.

“So when you think about the number of people who are in that phase 1A and the first two subgroups of 1B, it’s about 800,000,” said New Mexico Department of Health Secretary Dr. Tracie Collins.

But there is still a long list of people waiting to make their first appointment.

“If we’re receiving about 70,000 does a week, we have to think that’s going to take several weeks out to get through those groups,” Collins said.

Like New Mexican Barbara Bates and her partner.

“If we don’t get in to get that initial injection, we would suffer the full effects of the variant and for someone like me, like my partner, like the people I know, if we don’t have this, it’s like lights out,” Bates said.

The NMDOH estimates there are about 800,000 people currently eligible for vaccination in New Mexico under the current 1A and 1B tier. Bates and many others fit into that category but are still waiting.

“My partner has hypertension and I have a few cardiac conditions, I have hypertension, I have asthma,” Bates said.

According to a new Kaiser health news analysis, Black American’s are currently receiving COIVD-19 vaccinations at dramatically lower rates than white Americans. Collins said that is something the department is considering.

“We’re also looking at social vulnerability and looking at what areas are hardest hit and where are the areas most vulnerable to COVID,” Bates said. “And within those most vulnerable, we are taking into account race and ethnicity.”

Groups eligible for vaccination include hospital staff, medical first responders, people living in and working at long-term care facilities, people 75 and older and people 16 and older with a pre-existing health condition.

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