New Mexico is utilizing money incentives to fulfill its vaccination aim

State health officials are trying to achieve a goal of getting 60% of New Mexico residents ages 16 and older to be fully vaccinated this week. Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham has vowed to end the state’s color-coded risk system two weeks after reaching the vaccination target, which means businesses could reopen in full.

The campaign included emails from various government agencies asking people to take their pictures. New Mexico Senate Chairwoman Mimi Stewart, a Democrat from Albuquerque, sent out her own emails stating, “It’s vaccination time!” Stewart’s emails also included suggestions for social media posts and the E -Mail language that could be shared with friends and family.

Counties across New Mexico also have options for additional funding as they increase their vaccination counts. A governor’s office spokesman said counties that increase vaccination rates by 10% Thursday at midnight will receive $ 1 million to be used for infrastructure and other projects.

Republican lawmakers have long criticized the state’s reopening regime as being out of date. The Democratic governor has also been hailed by business owners for her handling of the pandemic and by parents for what many have described as a lost year of learning after schools were forced to go virtual and for their children’s inability to attend extracurricular last year Participate in activities, heated activities.

The latest incentive is in addition to the state’s “Vax 2 the Max” program, where vaccinated residents can win prizes from a pool totaling $ 10 million. The rewards include a grand prize of $ 5 million.

New Mexico will hold its first drawing on Friday for four prizes of $ 250,000 each.

According to Lujan Grisham, the lottery program will be funded from federal funds for pandemic aid.

Vaccination rates have slowed in the past few weeks. The latest data from the state put vaccinations at around 58%.

The sweepstakes kept the numbers from going down any further, but the increase was small. According to the state, the seven-day average of new vaccination registrations for the first week of the competition was 1,437 per day – just 85 more per day than the previous week.

The Ministry of Health confirmed on Monday that there is more vaccine supply than demand.

Department spokesman David Morgan said in an email to The Associated Press that New Mexico is trying to adapt in a number of ways, including ordering only a minimal number of cans.

There is a large amount of stock in freezers across the state, but Morgan hasn’t said how many cans will be stored or how long it will take to expire.

“We’re working as hard as we can to get cans in arms across the state,” he said, referring to the monetary incentives.

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