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City Partnership with Lovelace to Deliver Vaccines to Community’s Most Vulnerable Seniors

Mayor Keller, City and Community Leaders detail PACE Clinic Vaccination Program, give updates on public health, and enforcement

Feb. 2, 2021

Mayor Tim Keller and Dr. Vesta Sandoval of Lovelace Health Systems held a briefing today to discuss their joint efforts to deliver vaccines to some of Albuquerque’s most vulnerable seniors. The Mayor also gave a detailed update on the City’s vaccination efforts, public health status, and enforcement efforts.

The Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) provides comprehensive long-term services and support that help seniors receive care at home, in the community, or at the PACE center, rather than in a nursing home. Over the last week, Lovelace and the City teamed up to provide 200 vaccines to PACE patients at one of the City’s Points of Dispensing (PODs).

“We are proud to partner with the City of Albuquerque to help vaccinate some of the most vulnerable members of our community against COVID-19,” said Dr. Vesta Sandoval, Chief Medical Officer for Lovelace Health System. “Our healthcare providers jumped at the chance to volunteer their time to help protect PACE patients.”

For more information on PACE, visit the PACE website.

Mayor Keller also gave an update on the latest public health situation for the Metro Area, including the approach to “Yellow” status under the NMDOH tier system. Like most of New Mexico, the Metro Area remains “Red” but the City is preparing to adjust departments and public services when the time comes.

The City continued urging Albuquerque residents to get registered for the vaccine at vaccinenm.org and, when offered, to take the shot. The City’s Department of Senior Affairs is offering help to seniors who have not yet registered in navigating the site and getting signed up. Seniors are encouraged to call 3-1-1 for assistance.

Councilor Lan Sena joined the briefing today to urge communities of color and immigrants not to hesitate when considering getting vaccinated. She and Mayor Keller assured the public that immigration status information would neither be collected nor disclosed to any authorities.

Mayor Keller said, “Immigrants are a key thread in Albuquerque’s fabric, and are often part of communities hit hardest by the pandemic. We have been assured that immigrants do not have to prove their status, or worry it will be impacted by getting the vaccine. Public health officials urge everyone to take the shot for themselves and their communities.”

Councilor Sena said, “It's important to keep our community safe as we have all been doing our part by washing our hands, keeping 6ft apart, and wearing our masks. Now, hope has arrived to get our community out of the pandemic through our vaccines. I can attest to its safety since getting vaccinated recently while having a preexisting condition, such as cancer. It is essential that we continue to do our part and sign up to get vaccinated.”

Download slides from today’s presentations.