Christina Rodriguez, Kai Porter
Updated: December 14, 2020 06:17 PM
Created: December 14, 2020 10:04 AM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The first doses of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine arrived in New Mexico Monday, and were given to health care workers.
One shipment was received at Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe. The other was sent to an undisclosed location, according to the governor's office.
Christus St. Vincent was one of the 145 hospitals across the country to receive vaccines Monday. It received 975 doses.
Staff in the hospital’s COVID-19 unit and emergency room got the first doses.
"These people have risked their lives for several months now, caring for patients and risking your families lives and so now at least I have an added sense of security with the COVID-19 vaccine," said Dr. David Gonzales, chief medical officer at Christus St. Vincent. "So, we’re anticipating a very big participation for our staff.“
Once vaccines are available to the public, Gonzales said it will the more people that get it, the better off the state will be.
“I encourage all of the public to get vaccinated," he said. "The success of this vaccine will be directly proportional to the number of people that get it."
As more vaccine shipments come to New Mexico, state officials will update who will receive them next. The next shipment is also expected to go to health care workers, and residents and staff at long-term care facilities.
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