There was a lot of good news on the COVID-19 pandemic front this week. No, not our numbers here in El Paso. Those are still skyrocketing and they don't appear to be slowing down anytime soon. The good news was on the coronavirus vaccine front. Two companies, Moderna and Pfizer, announced that they had vaccines almost ready to be distributed to the public. The question is, would you be willing to get the vaccine?

The vaccine isn't going to be mandated and there is a lot of talk on social media that people are worried about taking the first round of vaccine because they don't want to be guinea pigs, so to that end, the City of El Paso Department of Public Health wants to know what you think. They are conducting an online survey to take the temperature, no pun intended, of El Pasoans about their willingness to get the COVID-19 vaccine. The survey is available in English and Spanish and it asks if you want the vaccine or if you are worried about getting it. It also asks what you think about health protocols and flu immunization.

When the vaccine becomes available locally it will be given in three phases and will be distributed through the federal government to the individual states. If an entity wants to be a provider, they have to register to do that through the Texas Department of State Health Services or they won't be a registered distributor.

Moving forward, that will be important to know because there are bound to be scammers out there saying they have the vaccine but unless they are registered, they won't. City officials say more than 120 El Paso providers have already enrolled with DSHS to distribute the vaccine.

Click here to take the survey. It is important that officials know who would be willing to take the vaccine so we get numbers as to how many vaccines the area would potentially use.

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