NMSU distributes 500 COVID-19 vaccines in drive-through distribution event


LAS CRUCES, New Mexico (KTSM) — On Friday, hundreds of more Las Cruces community members were added in the count of receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.

New Mexico State University hosted its second New Mexico Department of Health vaccination event early Friday.

The event distributed around 500 vaccines to community members that were registered and eligible.

Vaccines were distributed in a drive-through event which provided more safety for everyone waiting in line for their turn.

“It’s safer. Following our COVID safe practices, everyone that’s here remains inside a vehicle so that they’re not out in the elements with these workers who are obviously frontline workers. Most have had their vaccinations already,” John Webster, NMSU COVID-19 Project Manager told KTSM 9 News.

The event was powered by volunteers.

“This could not happen without them,” Webster said, “We cannot tell our volunteers any more how much we appreciate what they’re doing for us and for the community of Las Cruces and Dona Ana County, along with NMSU. We’re happy to be here, and happy that so many people volunteered for this.”

For those unsure about getting the vaccine, a Las Cruces registered nurse who received it Friday gave words of encouragement, “You don’t need to be afraid. Please understand that fear is in your head, but a vaccine can protect your body against the virus in your body. That virus can kill you,” Wreatha Carnar said.

Webster said the University hopes to plan more distribution events like these every Friday in the foreseeable future.

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