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Free COVID vaccine clinic in Albuquerque today

By: - November 4, 2022 4:35 am

Tanya Lattin, commander at the Corrales Fire Department, gives an N.M. resident his first dose of the vaccine in August 2021. (Photo by Shelby Wyatt / Source NM)

Update: The vaccine clinic at Chamiza Elementary School has been “postponed due to a significant amount of students out sick.” You can find a calendar of other vaccination events in New Mexico here.

As the world enters its third pandemic winter with an expected surge in cases, hospitalizations and deaths, there are still free COVID vaccination clinics in New Mexico.

The Chamiza Parent Teacher Association is holding a COVID vaccine clinic Friday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Chamiza Elementary School at 5401 Homestead Circle NW in Albuquerque.

The event is meant “to help Albuquerque residents stay ahead of a potential winter COVID surge,” according to a news release. It is being organized as part of the federal Health and Human Services Department’s “We Can Do This” campaign.

You can find a calendar of other vaccination events in New Mexico here. Be sure to check the box labeled “accepts walk ins” in order to find an event that doesn’t require an appointment.

As of Nov. 2, 74.1% of New Mexicans have completed their primary series of vaccinations, but only 53.4% of those who got their primary series have gotten a booster shot, according to the CDC.

So far, 67.1% of Harding County residents have gotten their primary series and a booster, while only 37.2% of Curry County residents have done so.

In Bernalillo County, where Friday’s vaccine clinic will be held, 57% of residents have gotten their primary series and a booster.

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Austin Fisher
Austin Fisher

Austin Fisher is a journalist based in Santa Fe. He has worked for newspapers in New Mexico and his home state of Kansas, including the Topeka Capital-Journal, the Garden City Telegram, the Rio Grande SUN and the Santa Fe Reporter. Since starting a full-time career in reporting in 2015, he’s aimed to use journalism to lift up voices that typically go unheard in public debates around economic inequality, policing and environmental racism.

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