Frustrated El Pasoans venting online say it's easier to get concert tickets than trying to get the COVID-19 vaccine after online registration closes in less than three minutes.

On Tuesday, February 23, around midafternoon University Medical Center of El Paso (UMC) announced that they would be opening online registrations for 5000 single doses of the COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine at 6 p.m. sharp.

Soon as 6 p.m. hit, thousands of El Pasoans logged into in the hope of securing an appointment for the Pfizer vaccine. Much to their surprise, it took less than 3 minutes to fill up every single spot for the 5000 vaccines.


As comments started to pour in on our KISS-FM Facebook Page, El Pasoans chimed in, saying that it was easier to get tickets to see Rage Against the Machine than to get an appointment for the vaccine.

Others explained how they were on their phones, desktops, and laptops and still had no luck securing a spot while other El Pasoans got through.


With many El Pasoans anxious to get the first dose of the vaccine, it’s no wonder that all 5,000 vaccination appointments were exhausted within seconds.  Although UMC closed the vaccine registration after reaching capacity, the hospital says it will allow other opportunities to register for vaccinations in the coming weeks.

And there’s more hope on the horizon because the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just approved the one dose Johnson and Johnson (J&J) COVID-19 vaccine. The J&J single-shot vaccine is now the third approved that prevents severe COVID next to Pfizer and Moderna in the U.S.

So while it’s frustrating that the rollout and availability of the vaccine are moving at a glacial pace, it’s good to know that El Pasoans are eager to get their vaccines so we can once and for all contain this deadly disease from spreading further.

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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.