Eddy County COVID-19 vaccination rates increasing

COVID-19 vaccination rates in Eddy County increased during August, according to the New Mexico Department of Health (DOH).

DOH data from Aug. 2 indicated 48 percent of Eddy County’s population had at least one shot and nearly 41.6 percent were fully vaccinated.

As of Thursday, 53 percent of Eddy County residents received at least one dose and 43.8 percent were fully vaccinated, DOH figures stated.

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“Eddy County residents are rising to the occasion and starting to move in the right direction by getting vaccinated,” said David Morgan, DOH spokesperson.

“Whether it’s because of the cash incentive, concerns about the delta variant or a little bit of both, this is great news and we are grateful to Eddy County residents,” Morgan said.

Carlsbad residents wait in line Aug. 27, 2021 at the Walter Gerrells Exhibition Center to receive their  COVID-19 vaccinations.

Residents lined up to get their shots at vaccination clinics Thursday in Artesia and Friday in Carlsbad.

A man who did not want to be identified at the Carlsbad clinic received his first dose Friday.

He wanted to be safe around two relatives who received organ transplants.

Carlsbad Mayor Dale Janway, writing Thursday, said 175 people had made appointments for COVID-19 vaccinations in Carlsbad.