‘COVID Stops Here’: List will showcase businesses with high vaccination rates

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The New Mexico Chamber of Commerce is launching a new campaign that recognizes workplaces that have reached a 70% to 100% vaccination rate among employees.

The surge of COVID-19 cases is forcing state officials to reimplement some COVID-safe measures, like the indoor mask mandate and expanding vaccination requirements.

NMCC President and CEO Rob Black said some business are following suit.

“The only way we’re going to deal with that is if we get people vaccinated. So we’re working with our members, the business community, to reinforce the importance of keeping your employees safe and keeping your customers safe,” Black said.

In addition to encouraging vaccinations, the NMCC is starting a new campaign called ‘COVID Stops Here.’

The chamber will be highlighting any business that reaches those impressive vaccination milestones.

“Their customers are going to want to know that, right? It’s going to make them more comfortable shopping in those places, eating in those places,” Black said. "So I think it’s an effort to really do the one thing we know can get us through this pandemic as quickly as possible and that’s get as many people vaccinated as possible.”

Black said while they are encouraging vaccinations, they do not support more mandates placed on businesses.

“We prefer that business lead,” Black said. “We’re not a big fan of mandates on business. Whether it’s, you look at some states like, in Texas and Oklahoma and Florida, where legislative leaders or governors are trying to restrict business ability to keep a safe workplace. Fortunately, we’re not dealing with that here, but we also don’t want other government mandates on top of business.”

The list is not out just yet. But this week the NMCC will be releasing names of those businesses that fit into those new vaccination categories.