Updated: December 22, 2020 10:18 PM
Created: December 22, 2020 06:09 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.- Dr. David Scrase, cabinet secretary of the New Mexico Human Services Department, believes the COVID-19 vaccine will allow life to return to normal by August or September 2021.
So far, Scrase said about 14,000 New Mexicans have received their first of two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
He added that the state should start to see the impact of the vaccine once about 10% of the population has been vaccinated. That's about 210,000 people.
The state launched a website Tuesday for people to register or pre-register for a vaccine.
If a person is eligible to receive the vaccine, the website will tell them how to schedule an appointment for a vaccination.
People who pre-register will get a text when they are eligible to be vaccinated.
New Mexico hospitals are not working in "crisis" care mode, which forces doctors to make tough decisions and ration care.
The state reported Thursday that COVID-19 hospitalizations were down to 810 people, which is about 100 fewer than the past few weeks.
However, Dr. David Scrase, cabinet secretary of the New Mexico Human Services Department, said he wants to see more improvement.
"I would like to see ICUs less than 100%, down below 290, I would like to see hospitals with at least ten percent of general beds open, 60 or 70," he said. "I would like to hear stories about staff finally getting a vacation or getting to take that time off they've been asking for. Don't stop supporting our healthcare workers, they're still doing an amazing job, it's still not an easy job, still real tough."
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