One of the complaints about the city’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout, and there have been many, is that those who don’t have internet access or find the sign-up process too difficult to navigate are essentially being shut out of the opportunity to receive the shot even though they are in one of the prioritized groups.

Never mind websites that crash, and busy signals when attempting to sign up by phone or being put on hold when they do get through for what some say can be hours at a time.

The City of El Paso is now offering another option that I’m sure will also lead to frustration: walk-in registrations for COVID-19 vaccine at the newly opened Stanton COVID Clinic is now an option if you qualify under the current Phase 1A or 1B.

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After you sign up, you’ll have to stand by for the Department of Public Health to contact you once it’s your turn like the tens of thousands who continue to wait for that call.

Phase 1A and 1B consists of the following eligible populations: first responders, health care workers, residents and staff of long-term care facilities, people 65 years of age and older, and people age 16 or older with a chronic medical condition that puts them at risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

Chronic medical conditions – often referred to as “underlying conditions” -- include diabetes, heart disease, COPD, obesity, cancer and kidney disease.

LOOK: Answers to 30 common COVID-19 vaccine questions

While much is still unknown about the coronavirus and the future, what is known is that the currently available vaccines have gone through all three trial phases and are safe and effective. It will be necessary for as many Americans as possible to be vaccinated in order to finally return to some level of pre-pandemic normalcy, and hopefully these 30 answers provided here will help readers get vaccinated as soon they are able.

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