$10M in winnings, free N.M. travel packages, fishing licenses, state parks passes, other prizes available to residents getting COVID-19 shots.
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, the New Mexico Department of Health and the New Mexico Lottery on Tuesday announced New Mexico’s Vax 2 the Max Sweepstakes, a statewide vaccination incentive program that will make available $10 million in total prize money to New Mexicans who receive their COVID-19 vaccinations, among other prizes and awards throughout the summer.
New Mexicans can register and schedule their COVID-19 vaccinations at vaccinenm.org.
To be eligible for the cash sweepstakes, New Mexicans who receive or have already received their COVID-19 vaccinations must opt in to register and verify their personal and vaccination information at vax2themaxnm.org.
More than 55 percent of eligible New Mexicans have completed their vaccination series, according to the Department of Health. The state is hoping to reach 60 percent this month, after which point the state will graduate out of the color-coded county-by-county risk framework, and continue to increase toward at least 70 percent as a near-term goal.
Grant applications available for communities
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico (BCBSNM) is accepting applications from 501(c)(3) organizations for its COVID-19 Community Collaborative Grant Fund from June 7 through June 21. BCBSNM created the COVID-19 Community Collaborative Grant Fund to address the immediate needs of New Mexicans impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The COVID-19 Community Collaborative Grant Fund will release 10 rapid-response grants of $10,000 each to 501(c)(3) organizations focused on access to health care, behavioral health, housing and shelter, child and senior care, and COVID-19 health literacy and vaccine outreach. The application is brief and intended to distribute funds quickly to organizations throughout the state responding to the COVID-19 health crisis.
Rapid Response notifications winding down
For over a year, the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) and other state agencies conducted tens of thousands of rapid responses around the state to protect New Mexicans in workplaces, schools, medical facilities, daycare centers and residences. Since October, the Rapid Response COVID-19 Watchlist and other rapid response data has been posted to the NMED website.
With over 55 percent of eligible New Mexicans completing their vaccine series and the number of rapid responses steadily declining since peaking in December, the state will begin updating online rapid response data on weekdays only. The Watchlist, closure list and rapid response data will continue to be updated Monday through Friday here.