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Vaccination rates still slow to rise in Quay County

Quay County’s vaccination rates barely budged last week, rising 0.3% to 35.6% of its residents fully vaccinated.

A total of 40% of county residents have received one shot.

The Quay County Family Health Center in Tucumcari administered 20 shots of the Moderna vaccine last week.

Trigg Memorial Hospital in Tucumcari did not administer any shots last week due to an ordering issue.

The Quay County Public Health Office vaccinated just six people during its weekly event at the Tucumcari Convention Center. The office will continue indefinitely to hold vaccination events there each Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the state’s full vaccination rate, continued to inch upward to 55.3% by the end of Friday. State health officials have said once the state’s full vaccination rate reaches 60%, it will lift its red-to-turquoise health restrictions.

Despite children age 12 and up are eligible for the Pfizer vaccine and more flexible storage options for it, Trigg administrator Vickie Gutierrez said there has been “minimal interest among young people in our community” for that vaccine.

“We do not have plans to offer Pfizer at this time since it requires a minimum order larger than the local demand,” she wrote in an email.

Gutierrez said she also was mystified why Quay County is lagging in vaccination rates.

“There is a great deal of availability in our community; I’m really not sure why Quay County is behind the state’s pace,” she wrote. “We continue to be available to answer any questions from community members who are still looking for more information about vaccines.”

All New Mexicans age 12 and older are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine and may schedule their vaccine appointment at or by calling 1-855-600-3453.

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