The New Mexico Department of Health reported 3 additional coronavirus related deaths in a report that combines Saturday’s, Sunday and Monday’s numbers. The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 4,027. New Mexico has reported a total of 196,844 cases.
Booking an appointment for a coronavirus vaccine has never been easier in New Mexico. The Department of Health opened up self-scheduling for everyone 16 and older, with a big push to get young students vaccinated. With three vaccines on the market now, the Department of Health says vaccine supply has officially exceeded demand in the state.
State health officials are hopeful more young people will sign up to get a shot. Young, healthy New Mexico were some of the last to become eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine. Katelyn Ehrlich, a high school senior, said that they work in a locally owned restaurant here, and are planning on going out of state for college, so I just wanted to get my vaccine.
Bieber said as of Monday, April 26, 17,693 teens ages 16 and 17 are registered for a coronavirus vaccine statewide. Out of that registered group, 50% has at least one shot. Bieber also added that the more we can do while school’s in session to reach, communicate with, answer questions from, and then vaccinate 16 and 17-year-olds, the better.
The New Mexico Health Officials didn’t have an exact number of how many 16 and 17-year-olds there are in New Mexico, or what the vaccine acceptance rate for that age group is looking like so far. Polling data from the Kaiser Family Foundation shows 34% of people 18-29 said they’ll get vaccinated as soon as possible, while 25% fell into the ‘wait and see’ category.