NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – The state has announced it will pay New Mexicans to get their vaccine between Monday and Thursday in order to reach its goal of reopening the state. On Sunday, the Department of Health announced it will give out $100 for completing their vaccination series or by getting a single shot Johnson & Johnson vaccination this Monday, June 14 through Thursday, June 17.
“We’re pulling out the stops. Obviously, offering a hundred bucks we are pretty confident it’s going to boost our numbers. It’s really hard to predict how much,” says Matthew Bieber from the New Mexico Department of Health.
To qualify for the $100, residents must bring the following to their vaccine appointments:
- Proof of residence for example an ID card, pay stub, or utility bill
- Those receiving a second Pfizer or Moderna shot must provide a CDC vaccine card or other proof of vaccination that they have received a primary shot. Vaccination records are available at vaxviewnm.org.
- Residents can either receive the $100 on-site or at their home address.
- Recipients of the $100 are solely responsible for any taxes.
- Those eligible to be vaccinated who are under 18 must have a parent or guardian present to qualify for the $100.
Saturday, the state said about 41,000 more New Mexicans need to be fully vaccinated by June 17. That’s how we’d get 60% of New Mexico vaccinated so the state can reopen by July 1. “We’ll open up the economy, we’ll graduate from the Red, Green, Turquoise system,” adds Bieber.
The state is currently administering an average of about 19,000 second doses per week, and about 2,000 of the J&J shot. This new cash incentive comes in addition to the Vax 2 the Max sweepstakes that open to all New Mexicans who have completed their vaccination series.
Health officials say there’s enough vaccine supply to reach its goal. A list of locations offering the $100 is available online.
For more information about the $100 incentive, visit vaccinenm.org. New Mexicans with questions can call 1-855-600-3453.