SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Surgeon Common Vivek Murthy met with New Mexico officers and spoke at an awards ceremony honoring well being care staff.
Murthy thanked nurses, medical doctors, and a laboratory supervisor for his or her work preventing the pandemic, however warned that the duty of caring for the sick and inoculating the hesitant shouldn’t be over.
“We’re so extremely grateful,” Murthy informed well being care staff. “However we’d like your assist in the weeks and months forward.”
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham thanked eight well being care staff on the occasion, issuing them particular person gubernatorial proclamations on the second ground of the New Mexico Historical past Museum.
State well being officers reported a further demise Tuesday, and 116 extra COVID-19 instances.
Nearly 65% of the state’s adults are absolutely vaccinated, greater than the national average of around 48%. However come counties have vaccination charges as little as 30%. And solely round 45% of eligible individuals ages 12-17 have gotten their pictures.
“We nonetheless have in New Mexico, and extra so in lots of different components of our nation, pockets the place our brothers and sisters aren’t vaccinated,” Murthy stated.
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