University Medical Center of El Paso announced that it will be closing the COVID-19 vaccination center at the El Paso County Coliseum permanently on July 4th. If you still need a first and/or second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, officials say you can still go to get one at the El Paso Convention Center. Vaccines at the Convention Center are administered Monday through Friday from noon to 7 p.m. and on Saturday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.

We are still not close to herd immunity in El Paso and that is the only way, according to health officials, that the city can safely return completely to pre-pandemic normal. Everything is open and because Texas Governor Greg Abbott has lifted the mask mandate the only time you really need to wear a mask is if an entity, either public or private, requires you to. There are still a number of places in El Paso that require a mask whenever you go into their location but there are just as many that don't require a mask on patrons to enter their location.

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People 12 years old and older can get vaccinated. You can read more about what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has to say about the vaccine in young children by clicking here. It is expected that children even younger than that will be given the green light to be vaccinated soon. The vaccine manufacturers are working on studies right now to get them vaccinated ahead of the upcoming school year.

I've gone to the County Coliseum and the Convention Center for vaccines with various people and they work pretty quickly. In four different trips I've never had to wait with someone to get their vaccine for longer than a few minutes so if you want to get vaccinated, this weekend is the perfect time to do it.

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