“Even if you’re vaccinated, if you’re in a sea of unvaccinated people who have COVID, COVID is only twice as transmissible or contagious as the original COVID,” said Dr. Laura Parajon, the assistant secretary of the New Mexico Department of Health.
From February to November, more than 80% of COVID-19 cases in New Mexico come from unvaccinated people.
dr. Parajon said there are three things driving the current rise in cases:
- Declining immunity of those who were vaccinated for the first time
- People who are not wary, gather inside in large groups
- People who refuse to be vaccinated
“I think at this point it’s up to us as a community, how we protect each other, how we move forward to really beat this,” said Dr. Parajon.
Adding to the frustration, the two counties in New Mexico with the highest number of cases per capita are San Juan County and Grant County. But even they are over 70% fully vaccinated for adults.