ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – With COVID-19 cases up and a lot of unknowns, there’s a big push for people to get vaccinated or get their booster. It appears people are answering that call. 1,200 people showed up at a mass vaccination clinic at the National Hispanic Cultural Center on Friday. Bernalillo County officials decided a mass vaccination clinic was the best way to get the shot to as many people as possible in a short amount of time.
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“It probably took us less than a week to fill all 1,000 slots so that’s what the demand is out there, that’s what the need is out there. so, when we opened up our site on Monday we filled up very quickly,” said Bernalillo County Emergency Management Director, Richard Clark.
The clinic welcomed walk-ups for either people looking for their booster dose or first or second dose. The clinic wasn’t supposed to start until 9 a.m. however, clinic doors opened early because hundreds of people were lined up by 8 a.m. Those eligible to get their vaccines included people 12 years of age or older. There was also a line of cars waiting to get shots for people with disabilities. The wait time was up to 40 minutes.
“We are highly impressed with the organization and the operations of it all super smooth and very organized and we can’t say enough good things about how they are handling this amount of people that is incredible,” said Grace Sanchez who received her booster dose.
Most people standing in line say they were getting their boosters. Twenty-four percent of eligible New Mexicans 18 years or older received booster shots. Bernalillo County says they have no other plans for a mass vaccination clinic but if the state wants to help organize another one at the Hispanic Cultural Center they would gladly help run it.