City County Health Officials indicated that they were able to provide the COVID-19 vaccine to approximately 1,300 people on Sunday and expect to continue vaccinating large numbers for the foreseeable future.

While it’s a start, the reality of the situation is that the demand for the vaccine exceeds the supply by a considerable amount.  This is still the case even after El Paso was chosen as a test site for a mega vaccination campaign and provided with an additional 10,000 doses of the vaccine.

As of today, there are over 80,000 people that have registered to receive the vaccine through epstrong.org.  The city is currently in the midst of trying to get those who qualify under Phase 1 and Groups A and B taken care of.  Group A would consist of frontline healthcare workers and first responders while Group B consists of people 65 years or older or people 16 years or older with a chronic health condition.

Those people who also attempted to register for the vaccine through University Medical Center of El Paso after they were selected as the County organization to be given 5,000 doses of the vaccine soon found out that registration had to be closed after a few hours once all appointments for their allotment were filled.

Patience and caution is key at the moment.  E-mails sent by the El Paso Department of Public Health to those who have pre-registered for the vaccine are reminding people to regularly check their emails and to pay particular attention to Spam and Junk folders in case any communication gets accidentally sent there.  In addition, those who have pre-registered should answer their phone as they will also be calling people as doses and appointments become available.

For more information on El Paso’s vaccination efforts and progress, keep checking epstrong.org

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