The fact that Bernalillo County is now in the yellow thanks to its improving positivity rate should help us all feel a little more hopeful. Now, we have to keep the heat on. Keep wearing a face mask, keep washing your hands, stay home as much as you can – and sign up to receive the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as it’s available to you.
New Mexico has already administered more than 356,000 doses of the vaccine, which is in the form of two shots over several weeks, statewide. That’s a higher rate than nearly every state, and we want to keep pushing out the vaccine to as many people as possible so our economy and our communities can recover faster.
The state Department of Health has outlined the phased rollout: phase 1A prioritizes healthcare workers and long-term care residents and staff, and Phase 1B, the current phase, focuses on New Mexicans aged 75+ and those with certain chronic conditions. Subsequent phases will vaccinate essential workers and the general public.
Even if you don’t fall into Phase 1A or 1B, you should register as soon as you can. Vaccines aren’t first come, first served, but you must be in the system for DOH to contact you and set up an appointment for you to receive the vaccine.