With the intention to meet the 60% vaccination objective, New Mexico is seeing a “outstanding turnout”

The governor hoped to achieve the goal by the end of June 17th. That would take two weeks for the vaccines to take full effect before the state reopens fully on July 1.

Healthcare professionals had to fire 16,039 shots Thursday to hit the 60% target. The state had issued no more than 12,000 vaccines in a day in the past week.

The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) hopes the goal will be achieved.

“We saw a remarkable turnout, a remarkable number of people making appointments, coming for the walk-up appointments, unplanned,” said Matt Bieber, spokesman for NMDOH. “We’ll take them all. It was really nice.”

If the state hasn’t officially hit the 60 percent target by the end of June 17, the governor can still allow the state to reopen fully on July 1.

“We know that there are, for example, excellent vaccines from federal suppliers that would push us to the limit of error, so to speak,” said Nora Meyers Sackett, press spokeswoman for Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham.

Meyers Sackett added that the state felt good “to be able to set the date (for) July 1st or, in the worst case, only very shortly thereafter”.

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