EL PASO, Texas – Hundreds of thousands of you reading this are now eligible to receive the Covid-19 vaccine.
The Texas Department of State Health Services announced that all adults are eligible for the vaccine starting Monday. This article explains everything you need to know.
WHO IS EXACTLY ELIGIBLE?
State health officials said all adults included people 16 and older, with or without chronic illnesses. But that doesn’t mean everyone can get one of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved vaccines – at least for now.
People 18 years of age and older can receive Moderna, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines. These are the only three available in the United States to date.
But the state explained that people aged 16 or 17 should only receive the Pfizer vaccine. This is because it is the only one approved by the FDA for these ages. Moderna and Johnson & Johnson have limited their trials to people 18 and older. Pfizer has tested the vaccine in people under the age of 18.
These companies are currently conducting trials with younger people. If the tests show positive results, each vaccine can be used in younger age groups in the future, if approved by the FDA.
HOW CAN I PRE-REGISTER THE VACCINE IN EL PASO?
You can do this online at epcovidvaccine.com (click the yellow button at the top that says PRE-REGISTER HERE). The website also provides a lot of information about the vaccine.
You can pre-register by phone at 915-212-6843. The hotline is open Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is also a good number to call if you have questions about anything related to vaccination, pre-registration or your Appointment.
You can also pre-register in person at the City’s Covid Clinic at 220 South Stanton Street in downtown El Paso. It is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Saturday. The staff are there to help you and answer your questions.
The city of El Paso and the University Medical Center (UMC) are already working together to vaccinate people who have signed up on epcovidvaccine.com.
I pre-registered, NOW WHAT?
You have to be patient. You will be contacted to schedule your vaccination appointment. They will contact you by phone, SMS and email. It may take a while, as there are hundreds of thousands of people on the waiting list. The sooner you pre-register, the sooner you will receive your vaccine.
IS THERE A FASTER WAY TO GET THE VACCINE?
Yes, but it may not be easy and it will take patience and persistence. El Paso University Medical Center (UMC) is expected to hold vaccination events in the future. These are first come, first served events. You must wait for the hospital to announce when this is happening.
When UMC opens recording, it starts at a specific day and time. It is online at umcelpaso.org and / or by phone at 915-200-2700.
UMC plans to organize vaccination events to target specific members of the population, such as the elderly or a certain area of the community.
El Paso officials have also hosted an event where they administer vaccines on a first come, first served basis. It was at a specific time and place. But keep in mind that the demand was high. People showed up hours earlier and there were long lines.
A good way to find out when these vaccination events are taking place is to download the KVIA News app (available on the App Store and Google Play). We will send alerts to your phone as soon as we learn of a vaccination event.
ABC-7 still covers vaccine-related stories. You should also watch our news reports to stay informed.
WHAT ABOUT PHARMACIES, DO THEY ALSO OFFER VACCINES?
Yes, some are. The two main ones are CVC pharmacies and Walmarts pharmacies in El Paso. Both require an appointment.
You can schedule one at CVS.com and walmart.com/covidvaccine. However, it is possible that no appointment is available when you check out. This is again because of the high demand. We recommend that you visit their websites every day to see if there are any available.
ARE THERE NO OTHER VACCINE PROVIDERS IN EL PASO?
Yes, click here to see a map that shows them all. The map shows which other pharmacies, clinics and organizations in El Paso have received vaccines and how many they have. Click on each point to display information about each location. We recommend that you call them to find out if they offer the vaccine to the public.
WHAT IF I AM A SENIOR CITIZEN? WILL I NO LONGER BE A PRIORITY?
The city of El Paso has already confirmed that it will continue to prioritize the most vulnerable population. A certain number of doses will be reserved for those most at risk of serious illness, hospitalization and death, ie the elderly. And as we said before, UMC also plans to organize vaccination events to target vulnerable populations.
STILL HAVE A QUESTION OR THINK SOMETHING IS MISSING ON THIS ARTICLE?
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