Angel Fire Fire Department Chief Kevin Henson

On Feb. 11, the Village of Angel Fire held its first Point of Distribution (POD) for the COVID-19 vaccine.

“The event was an overwhelming success,” said a post on the Angel Fire Fire Department Facebook page.

The New Mexico Department of Health sent out appointments and confirmation codes to 300 eligible — Phase 1A and Phase 1B — individuals who had pre-registered through cvvaccine/nmhealth.org. All 300 showed up for their appointments and received their initial vaccine.

“This is really the result of all of the effort of [Former Fire Chief] Chief Murtagh, before he retired, and Chief Kevin Henson, who just recently took over,” said Angel Fire Mayor Jo Mixon. “Really the EMS and Fire Department worked so hard to get this done.”

Chief Henson had his hands full when he stepped into the top spot, but he kept up former Chief Murtagh’s efforts to get a POD in Angel Fire, and it paid off.

“We spent several months trying to get the POD started,” said Henson. “There are state vaccine marshals, and there are DOH representatives, and then there are Colfax County managers. We tried all of those avenues. I think it just took a while to get to us.”

Henson said that the first POD would determine the fate of future potential PODs. With the success of the recent event, future vaccine PODs are already being scheduled, though exact dates have yet to be set.

“Yesterday’s event will mark the first of many vaccination clinics planned to be held in our community,” said the AFFD post. “The danger of COVID is quite real, and will be with us for some time. Accordingly, we are making both short-term and long-term plans to continue to provide education, assist with the NM DOH registration process, along with the scheduling and promotion of more vaccination clinics in the coming months.”

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