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Ill’s Biden visits US Southwest amid vaccine drive

ALBUQUERQUE, NM (AP) – First Lady Il Biden kicked off a three-day visit to the southwestern United States on Wednesday with a tour of the New Mexico Vaccine Clinic, where early efforts to register people for the shooting helped boost the state. as a national leader in vaccine distribution.

The tour includes stops in Albuquerque and later in the nation of Navovo as the United States prepares to meet President Biden’s goal of administering 200 million doses of coronavirus in his first 100 days in office. The president outlined his administration’s latest plans to push more Americans to shoot as demand declines.

In New Mexico, nearly 40 percent of 16-year-olds are fully vaccinated. Although eligibility was expanded earlier this month as part of the Biden administration’s promotion, young people are now in the spotlight ahead of the summer holidays.

Public health officials are also collecting credible votes in local communities to respond to pessimism about vaccine efficacy and safety. The First Lady gave words of encouragement to three people who were waiting for a shot at the Albuquerque Clinic.

“I fired, it does not hurt,” he said at the clinic, which the governor described as a key part of his efforts to serve minority communities.

Viviana Galves, who works at the clinic, told Biden that she initially hesitated to get a shot because she was injecting steroids into her spine, worried about the effect. After further research, he decided to go ahead and get vaccinated.

“What should we lose?” We do not want to lose other lives, we do not want to lose our family members, our friends. “It just needs to be achieved,” Galves said. The mother and daughter received their shots.

The staff at the Albuquerque Clinic worked overtime over the weekend to vaccinate more people.

“It has been a long time. “People are tired but hopeful,” said Will Kaufman, medical director at First Choice Community Health.

Biden was accompanied by New Mexico Governor Michel Luzhan Grisham, whose leadership worked to ensure that the footage was distributed in low-income rural areas through collaboration with mobile clinics and community health organizations.

At the Mora District Vaccine Clinic on Tuesday, health workers և volunteer medical staff registered a list of registered patients և offered Moderna vaccine shots to unregistered companions և a few passers-by. At the end of the day, emergency technicians went out on the dirt road to shoot the elderly residents in a scattered area with only 4,500 residents, 80% of whom were Latin. Mora is one of the poorest counties in the nation.

The clinic’s chief pharmacist, Uri Basan, said the local vaccination effort was shifting to eligible high school students before they were sent on holiday, summer jobs to college.

Melvin Maestas, 44, overheard the clinic and arrived with his 81-year-old father, who suffers from dementia. They both received doses.

“It simply came to our notice then. “I’m worried that it will start to rise again,” Maestas said.

As his first lady to travel southwest, he will meet with Navajo President Jonathan Nezzi և First Lady Fefelia Nez on Thursday in Window Rock, Arizona, before giving a talk on the radio. He is scheduled to attend an audition with Navajo students on Friday before touring the Native American vaccine site.

Following Biden’s visit to the states bordering Mexico, New Mexico health officials said that forced immigration and customs clearance required to stay away from vaccine sites, that the state only shared information with unusual federal immigration officials.

Biden, the governor, ended their quick visit to the Albuquerque clinic by handing out buttons and labels.

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