Aging and the Federal Pharmacy Partners Complete COVID Vaccine Clinics for all of New Mexico’s Long Term Care Facilities
NEW MEXICO(April 5, 2021)– Today New Mexico’s Aging and Long-Term Services Department announced that all nursing homes and assisted living facilities in the state had three vaccination clinics with the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. Acceptance rates in the resident populations have been high, an encourage stat for the State as they continue to evaluate visitation and testing guidance.
“I’m so proud of our state, our Long Term Care residents and staff, and my team for implementing this immensely challenging effort over the past three months. These high acceptance rates continue to help us lower the number of COVID cases in our facilities, decrease hospitalizations and deaths, and have allowed us to expand visitation options,” said ALTSD Cabinet Secretary Katrina Hotrum-Lopez.
ALTSD has appreciated the partnership of the New Mexico Health Care Association / the New Mexico Center for Assisted Living, especially during the pandemic. They have played an important role in helping to get vital information out to the Long Term Care community.
“While we are not out of the woods yet, Gov. Lujan-Grisham and her administration have done a fantastic job of prioritizing long-term care staff and residents, resulting in a downward trend in cases and increased rate of vaccine acceptance within LTC facilities,” said Vicente Vargas, Executive Director at NMHCA/NMCAL. “However, we still have a long road ahead of us and must continue to work together to protect our most vulnerable population.”
In total, 13,932 LTC staff and residents have been fully vaccinated through the Federal Pharmacy Partnership. Future residents and/or staff needing to be vaccinated will work with local pharmacies and providers to get their COVID vaccine.
PICTURE: Figure 1: Nursing Homes- 77% of residents and 59% of staff are fully vaccinated. Assisted Living Facilities- 63% of staff and 85% of residents are fully vaccinated.