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Nearly 45% of New Mexico residents fully vaccinated

Diane Johnson. a registered nurse, prepares syringes with the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine during a walk-up shot clinic at the Cesár Chávez Community Center in this April 30 file photo. New Mexico’s vaccine administration rate is among the nation’s highest. (Roberto E. Rosales/Journal)

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SANTA FE – The number of New Mexicans fully vaccinated against COVID-19 has risen in recent days, as the state continues to outpace the national vaccination rate.

As of Monday, 44.5% of eligible New Mexicans – those ages 16 and older – were fully vaccinated, while 58.5% of state residents had received at least one dose, according to state Department of Health data.

That’s up from the national average of 31.8% fully vaccinated individuals, and 44.4% of people having gotten at least one shot, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In all, more than 1.7 million vaccine doses have now been administered in New Mexico, although state health officials have acknowledged waning demand for the vaccine that has caused the state to order less than its full federal allotment of doses in recent weeks.

Elderly state residents, who were eligible to get the vaccine earlier than younger New Mexicans, have the highest vaccination rate, with 63.6% of people 65 and older fully vaccinated, according to DOH data.

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham recently vowed New Mexico would fully reopen – with masks still required indoors – once it reaches a 60% full vaccination. She said that target is expected to be reached by June 30.

Meanwhile, state health officials on Monday reported six additional deaths due to COVID-19 over a three-day period, bringing the state’s death toll from the pandemic to 4,073.

The state has reported 198,372 confirmed cases since March 2020, and roughly 90% of the individuals testing positive have made full recoveries, according to state data.

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