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Vaccination percentage grows to 57.9% in NM

In this May 21 photo, Dr. Mary Van Sickle delivers a dose of a COVID-19 vaccine during a drive-thru clinic at the Santa Fe Fairgrounds. New Mexico health officials launched an incentive-based campaign to boost slowing vaccination rates among state residents. (Eddie Moore/Albuquerque Journal)

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SANTA FE – The share of fully vaccinated adults in New Mexico inched up to 57.9% on Monday as the state began its final push to a goal of 60%.

The state is 34,738 vaccinations short of its goal.

The Department of Health is offering $100 to anyone who either gets the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine by Thursday or the second of the two shots required for the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines.

Federal stimulus funding is covering the cost.

The vaccine is free, no insurance is required and registration is available at

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s administration plans to lift business capacity restrictions about two weeks after 60% of the state’s population is fully vaccinated.

The target applies to residents 16 and older.

The percentage of fully vaccinated residents climbed 0.3 percentage points, from 57.6% on Friday to 57.9% on Monday.

In its daily update Monday, the Department of Health reported:

• 230 new COVID-19 cases in the state for the three-day period ending Monday, including 57 cases in Bernalillo County.

• Five more coronavirus-related deaths, pushing the statewide total to 4,302. Four of the five deaths reported Monday happened within the last 30 days, including two women and a man from Bernalillo County, all in their 70s.

• 89 patients hospitalized for COVID-19 in New Mexico, a 15% decline since the beginning of the month.

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