Colfax County vaccine report: 45 percent reached

New Mexico has highest percentage of vaccine received

by Sharon Niederman
COLFAX — According to Colfax County Emergency Services Manager Tom Vigil, “Forty-five percent of the county is in some stage of receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.”

With Friday clinics at Miners Colfax Medical Center reaching 600-700 people and this week’s completion of round two distribution of the vaccine at Colfax County senior centers in Raton, Cimarron, Springer and Mora, Vigil estimates the county will be capable of moving on from Phase 1A, 1B and 1C to Phase 2 in March or April.  Those phases include: people working in health care center and workers in congregate settings; and, all individuals 75 years or older or individuals 16 or older with medical conditions. Phase 1C includes all people 60 or older.

However, he cautions, he does not have a clear path to Phase 2, as “there are a number of discussions taking place. One possibility is that Colfax County will have to wait for the rest of the state to catch up before we can proceed.”

Phase Two will open the vaccination process to “everyone else,” Vigil says. However, he cautions, no one can just “walk in.” “You must be registered on the Department of Health website,” he emphasizes. That website is:

Vigil adds that throughout the county the “vast majority” of teachers, approximately 80 percent, have been vaccinated.
In addition, Vigil says, “All in all, this has been a good process. Folks are patient and we have had very few complications, either logistical or with side effects.”

As of Feb. 22, New Mexico has administered the highest percentage of COVID-19 vaccines it has received in the US, according to the CDC’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution and administration data tracker.