ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – First Lady Dr. Jill Biden made a stop in Albuquerque on Wednesday, April 21. She met up with Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham and visited the First Choice Community Healthcare facility in the South Valley.
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The facility is a nonprofit federally qualified health center that has been administering COVID-19 vaccinations. A White House spokesperson said she wanted to highlight the critical work of COVID-19 vaccination centers and the administration’s efforts to ensure that all Americans can get vaccinated.
Dr. Biden shared words of encouragement with the patients getting vaccinated at the center and thanked them for coming. Gov. Lujan Grisham passed out stickers to those who had received their first dose and thanked them for keeping the community safe. “Let’s keep working together,” said Biden.
During the visit, Dr. Will Kaufman, Medical Director of First Choice Community Healthcare also talked about the organization’s efforts to vaccinate the community. “We really are so grateful to the patients and to our teams. It’s been a long year, and people are tired but people are hopeful,” Dr. Kaufman said.
The organization has been doing outreach to encourage community members to register for vaccinations. Gov. Lujan Grisham said the medical center was an excellent example of why New Mexico is getting many communities vaccinated. “They are a lynchpin in our equity planning. It’s one of the reasons why New Mexico is leading in diversity and equity investments, which ensure all minority communities are getting vaccinated. It’s leadership like you’re seeing right here at this clinic,” Lujan Grisham said.
Among those getting vaccinated was Atrisco Heritage senior Jocelyn Galvez, who got vaccinated alongside her mother. She said when she initially registered, she had no idea Dr. Biden would be visiting that day but was glad to have the chance at such a memorable first-dose administration. “I felt really acknowledged, especially because in New Mexico we hardly ever get noticed, so for the First Lady to walk into the clinic that I was getting my vaccine was intense but acknowledging,” Galvez said.
The 18-year-old said she was proud of new Mexicans for trying to keep its residents safe. “It just shows how passionate we are to help others and care about the people around us and even for ourselves too,” Galvez said.
After her visit to Albuquerque, the First Lady headed to Window Rock, Arizona to meet the First Lady of the Navajo Nation. The nation’s Second Gentleman visited the state a few weeks ago. While here, SGOTUS Doug Emhoff talked about how the American Rescue Plan will benefit New Mexico. He also toured a COVID-19 vaccination site at the Santo Domingo Health Center in the Kewa Pueblo.
Updates from @AnnaPadillaNews
2:46pm – First Lady Dr. Biden and Gov. Lujan Grisham visit has ended.
2:39pm – “Let’s keep working together.” First Lady Jill Biden
2:32pm – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and First Lady Jill Biden thanking vaccine recipients for getting vaccinated.
2:26pm – Dr. Biden assuring a patient waiting to receive their vaccine that it doesn’t hurt @krqe
1:59pm – At the First Choice Community Healthcare center in the South Valley, waiting for @FLOTUS to arrive and tour the facility.