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Poll: Third of NM residents don’t want vaccination

The University of New Mexico has helped lead a national study of hesitancy surrounding COVID-19 vaccines, which found it prevalent in its own state.

The school announced Wednesday researchers with the UNM Center for Social Policy joined a coalition of groups to conduct the American COVID-19 Vaccine Poll.

The poll encompassed 13,000 people from various racial and ethnic communities. Among them were more than 2,000 New Mexico residents from underserved Latino, Native American, African immigrant and Black communities.

According to the survey, roughly a third or 32% of New Mexico residents who haven’t been vaccinated don’t intend to do so. Furthermore, 15% of New Mexicans who got a first shot don’t plan on getting the second one. Roughly 44% said they would get the vaccine if it was employer-mandated.

The survey also found some evidence the state’s $100 incentive program increased vaccination rates, especially among young adults in urban areas.

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation helped fund expanding the survey in New Mexico.

The share of New Mexicans 16 and older who have completed their vaccine shots climbed to 60.2% on Wednesday, clearing a longtime goal set by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham.

About 68.7% have received at least one dose. Of residents 12 to 15 years old, about 18.5% have completed their shots.

The Department of Health also reported 76 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday and two more deaths, both of whom were adults in their 70s. The statewide virus-related death toll is now 4,332.

Dan McKay of the Journal Capitol Bureau contributed to this report.

 

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