41% of Otero County Residents Vaccinated, Vaccine Update and Where to Get Shots...

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99% of current COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths occur in unvaccinated people per most recent data released by New Mexico public health officials and confirmed by CDC tracking data/

Otero County is significantly below the national average and the state mandates safe zone for vaccination rates. Due to the low vaccination rates of only 41% of the population Otero County is listed as a moderate risk zone for travelers and local by the New Mexico Department of Public Health and tracking data by the CDC. Neighboring Lincoln County is leading us with a 49% vaccination rate and is consider a low risk zone.

Job security, employment security, public safety and the ability to attract tourist dollars is reliant upon a safe and secure community that does not put the visiting public at risk. We risk mandates of business closures if the virus spreads in the local community or it is identified as a hot spot. Care for yourself and care for your community and get vaccinated.

VACCINATION SITES

Albertsons :

Moderna, Monday-Thursday every week

Walgreens:

Moderna, (575)434-4116

Wal-Mart:

Moderna, daily (575)434-5345

PMS:

Moderna, call for scheduling

· Alamogordo (575)439-2960

· Tularosa (575)585-1280

· Sacramento (575)682-2542

GCRMC:

Pfizer, Thursdays & Fridays from 8am-4:30pm

Otero Public Health:

Pfizer, Thursdays & Fridays

Ben Archer:

For patients, call for scheduling

To register online go to: https://vaccinenm.org/

or if a senior and needing assistance call The Aging & Disability Resource Center at :  1-800-432-2080

A growing body of evidence indicates that FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective at preventing hospitalization and death. Yet, COVID-19 vaccines aren’t 100% effective, and a small percentage of people who are fully vaccinated may still get COVID-19. These cases of infection among vaccinated people are known as vaccine breakthrough cases.

As of 30 April 2021, the CDC received 10,262 reports of vaccine breakthrough infections, one-third of them asymptomatic[4]. On 1 May 2021, the CDC stopped monitoring asymptomatic and mild cases in fully vaccinated individuals to focus only on hospitalized and fatal cases. As of 28 June 2021, 4,427 patients with COVID-19 vaccine breakthrough infections were hospitalized, and 879 died. As the CDC website explains, these reports included all patients who tested positive for COVID-19, even if their hospitalization or death was unrelated to COVID-19.

Due to these and other data limitations, the CDC doesn’t officially estimate the percentage of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths occurring in fully vaccinated people. Still, the director of the U.S. CDC, Rochelle Walensky, said at a 1 July 2021 White House briefing that preliminary data from January to June 2021 suggested that about 99.5% of COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. occurred in unvaccinated people.

An Associated Press analysis of data from the CDC arrived at a similar conclusion. In May 2021, fully vaccinated people accounted for fewer than 1,200 (1.1%) hospitalizations and 150 (0.8%) deaths of the more than 100,000 total hospitalizations and 18,000 COVID-19 deaths reported in the U.S. This means that a high proportion of COVID-19 deaths might be preventable by vaccination, as the tweet implied.

In addition to preventing severe disease and death, the results from a June 2021 CDC study published in the New England Journal of Medicine indicated that full vaccination with mRNA COVID-19 vaccines might also reduce the risk of infection by 91%[5]. Finally, FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccines also reduce the risk of infection with all known variants of the virus, according to a 2 July 2021 weekly review from the CDC’s COVID Data Tracker.

Similar studies in other countries also found that most COVID-19 deaths occurred in unvaccinated individuals, and COVID-19 vaccines could prevent them.

For example, one study including surveillance data from the first four months of the vaccination campaign in Israel showed that two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech mRNA COVID-19 were more than 91% effective at preventing infection, and more than 96% at preventing hospitalization, and death[6].

Likewise, a 25 June 2021 preliminary study from the U.K.’s Public Health England in 3,975 essential workers found that fully vaccinated people were about 90% protected against infection. Partially vaccinated people were still 78% less likely to become infected than unvaccinated people. Full COVID-19 vaccination was also 96% effective at preventing hospitalization with the Delta variant of the virus, first identified in India.

In summary, the claim that most COVID-19 deaths occurred among unvaccinated individuals is accurate, according to available evidence. No vaccine is 100% effective, and therefore a small number of hospitalizations and deaths are expected among fully vaccinated individuals. However, recent data from the U.S. and other countries suggest that COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective and might prevent most COVID-19 severe cases and deaths in the U.S.

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