NM to open fully by July 1 if vax rate reached

All of the 33 counties in New Mexico have reached the turquoise phase in the state's reopening plan. The state will fully reopen on July 1.

State officials are hoping that a financial incentive will help New Mexico reach the 60 percent vaccination goal by July 1. The New Mexico Department of Health announced Sunday (June 13) they will be offering $100 to those who receive either their booster shot (from Pfizer or Moderna) or the single dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine between the dates of Monday, June 14 and Thursday June 17.

The hope is that enough New Mexicans will be vaccinated by June 17 in order to reach the July 1 reopening date announced this weekend. “New Mexico is so close to hitting our June 17th goal: 60% of New Mexicans 16 and over who have completed their vaccination series. We are excited to offer this additional incentive to get us over the finish line - and to reopen our state by July 1,” said DOH Cabinet Secretary Dr. Tracie Collins in a press release.

In order to be eligible for the $100 incentive, residents must bring proof of residency (i.e. electric bill, lease, etc.), and those receiving their booster shots must have their CDC vaccine card. Those under 18 must be with a parent or guardian. The money will be either mailed to home addresses or handed out on-site.

All New Mexicans who receive at least one shot are also eligible to enter the “Vax 2 the Max Sweepstakes," in which a total of $10 million dollars in awards will be given to lucky residents.

For additional questions or more information, call 1-855-600-3453.

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