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In push to meet vaccine goal, NM offers cash incentive

Copyright © 2021 Albuquerque Journal

New Mexico is offering $100 to anyone who gets vaccinated in the next few days, as officials make a last-minute push to reach a vaccination goal.

The New Mexico Department of Health on Sunday announced a $100 incentive for residents who complete their vaccination series, or receive the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccination Monday through Thursday.

“New Mexico is so close to hitting our June 17 goal: 60% of New Mexicans 16 and over who have completed their vaccination series. We are excited to offer this additional incentive to get us over the finish line – and to reopen our state by July 1,” said DOH Cabinet Secretary Dr. Tracie Collins.

The Health Department intends to lift capacity restrictions on New Mexico businesses once 60% of the state’s adults are fully vaccinated.

The state vaccine dashboard on Sunday showed that 57.9% of people 16 years and older in the state had completed their vaccine regimen, and 67% had received at least one shot.

Children under 18 who are getting vaccinated must have a parent or guardian present to qualify for the $100.

The incentive will be paid for using money the state received from the American Rescue Plan, said Matt Bieber, a health department spokesman.

The vaccine is free and is available for people without insurance. People can register for a shot at

Those who have already been vaccinated won’t be eligible for the $100. But they can sign up for a vaccine sweepstakes contest. The state is giving away $10 million in cash and other prizes to people who have been vaccinated.

The drawings start June 18.

New Mexicans who wish to participate in the sweepstakes can sign up at New Mexicans with questions can dial 855-600-3453.

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