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Posted: May 12, 2021

APS Plays a Big Role in Getting ABQ Vaccinated!

More than 28,000 COVID-19 shots were administered at APS schools and facilities.

Of the more than 32,000 COVID-19 vaccines given to Albuquerque residents through the city's Office of Emergency Management, nearly 88 percent -- about 28,000 -- were administered at APS schools and facilities. 

APS and the city have been working closely for months to get vaccines in the arms of residents, with planning beginning as early as last summer.   

The director of the city's Office of Emergency Management and the section chief of Emergency Management Center Planning praised the district for its enthusiastic help, specifically calling out Chief Operations Officer Dr. Gabriella Blakey and Executive Director of Maintenance and Operations John Dufay.

"They met us at each site we requested; they provided floor plans for our (vaccine points of dissemination) designer; they offered suggestions to improve the flow of pedestrian and vehicular traffic; they increased the ventilation in certain hallways to reduce risk; they enlisted the assistance of the administration, the maintenance staff, and the security staff at each location we used," the city representatives wrote in a memo to city and community leaders. 

APS staff members also were praised for their assistance at each site. The memo said that visitors remarked on how professional, supportive and helpful APS staff and volunteers were.

Among those who were vaccinated at APS locations were many of its own employees and students. As of mid-May: 

  • More than 90 percent of APS employees are fully vaccinated (all staff who wanted the vaccine got the vaccine!)
  • More than 6,100 16-17-year-olds have received their first shot in Bernalillo County.
  • More than 1,000 16-17-year-olds are fully vaccinated.
  • Nearly 7,800 16-17-year-olds have registered to receive the vaccine.
  • Nearly 4,700 12-15-year-olds are registered to get the vaccine. The CDC is expected to approve the vaccine for children ages 12-15 as early as Wednesday, May 12. APS is encouraging students to sign up so that as soon as the vaccine is available they can receive it. 

In addition to working closely with the city, APS has partnered with the state, including Indian Health Services which is hosting vaccine clinics specifically targeting the Native American population. Thousands of vaccines have been administered at these clinics, which continue to be held at Jefferson Middle School. 

"A special thanks to the APS nurses, police officers, custodians, school staff, Maintenance and Operations workers, and everyone else who has stepped up to help our community fight the virus," said Dr. Blakey. "We came together with our partners in the city and state to save lives and keep New Mexicans healthy."