Native pharmacist helps vaccinate New Mexico
ALBUQUERQUE, NM (KRQE) – The state is nearing its vaccination goal. You are now thanking an Albuquerque man for helping them get gunshots. He is credited with vaccinating 40,000 new Mexicans since January. There were many heroes during the pandemic. Uri Bassan, a pharmacist with the Albertsons in the South Valley, has done everything possible to protect the New Mexicans from COVID-19.
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“To be able to bring them this joy, not only to vaccinate them, but to be able to keep them safe, was an incredible feeling and to be able to bring this joy to so many people in New Mexico is a great feeling . Said Bassan.
Born and raised in Albuquerque, Bassan said there is no better feeling than protecting his community. The University of New Mexico graduate said that being a pharmacist, he was one of the first in the state to get vaccinated in December. After he was vaccinated, he immediately wanted to make sure that there were others too. Primarily senior citizens, rural communities, and people with disabilities in the state. The state’s Department of Aging and Long-Term Care learned of his mission, which then began a partnership between the two.
Bassan has been to more than 100 different cities across the state this year and has hosted pop-up vaccine clinics at various schools and senior centers. It would make me smile because I was serving a mission, you know, I said we are like the mail, neither rain nor sleet nor snow would stop us from doing our mission, ”said Bassan.
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He is grateful that he has 30 more volunteers from the Medical Reserve Corps group to help him administer the vaccine nationwide.
What’s next, Bassan said Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., they are planning a vaccine clinic at the Berna Facio Professional Development Center for 1,000 Albuquerque Public School students ages 12 to 16. He said this will be her second dose of the Pfizer vaccine. So they’ll be giving $ 100 to each student with the state’s new vaccination incentive that totaled $ 100,000.
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Bassan said they will accept walk-ins of all ages at their clinic on Thursday and will have Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines available.