New Mexico Democrat Gov Grisham says fully vaccinated 'means three vaccines,' in COVID booster push

Officials said Lujan Grisham made the argument to make boosters accessible to all adults because state considered "high risk"

Updated: November 18, 2021 - 9:35am

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New Mexico Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham says being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 means having gotten three shots and she's pushing for all adults in her state who are eligible to get their boosters.

"We are analyzing what we can do to create those incentives – and potentially mandates – for making sure that people are fully vaccinated, which means three vaccines," the governor said Wednesday, according to the Associated Press.

Grisham has blamed the unvaccinated for the ongoing pandemic but recently acknowledged that vaccinated people can also contract and spread the virus and that those who become infected have only mild symptoms that don't require hospitalization.

Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. David Scrase said discussions are underway about changing the definition of what it means to be fully vaccinated and that he expects a new public health order to be rolled out in the coming weeks.

Officials said Lujan Grisham made the decision this week to make boosters accessible to all adults because the state is considered "high risk" given the rates of spread being reported statewide, the wire service also reports.