This story is a staff report from The Paper.


New Mexico’s Department of Health isn’t wasting any time planning to incorporate the new one-and-done COVID-19 vaccine from Johnson & Johnson approved for use this weekend.

According to reporting by the Santa Fe Reporter, DOH is preparing to receive 17,700 doses of the new vaccine Tuesday. Those are in addition to another 77,000 doses already planned for the state this week.

New Mexico leads the country in the number of shots allocated that make it into arms. A week ago, New Mexico passed an important milestone when it delivered its 500,000th dose.

As of March 1, the state was close to vaccinating 20% of residents, including more than half of seniors over 75.

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