Senior citizens, educators, school, and childcare staff, are all encouraged to register online today as UMC accommodates another round of 5,000 first doses of the Pfizer vaccine.

University Medical Center of El Paso (UMC) is once again opening online registrations this evening at 6 p.m., accommodating 5,000 first doses of the Pfizer vaccine to senior citizens, educators, school, and childcare staff.

El Pasoans eagerly awaiting to get the first dose of the novel coronavirus vaccination can try to registration today via the UMC website beginning at 6 p.m. this evening, Tuesday, March 9, 2021.

University Medical Center of El Paso encourages anyone who qualifies for current vaccination under Texas Department of State Health Services vaccination groups such as 1A and 1B, including, Educators, School and Childcare staff, to register online UMCelpaso.org.

Vaccination groups 1A and 1B, Educators, School and Childcare Staff, will qualify to sign up includes:

  • Group/Category 1A - First responders and healthcare personnel who are essential to keeping the healthcare system intact
  • Group/Category 1B - People 65 years of age and older and those 16 years of age and older with at least one chronic medical condition
  • Any educator, school personnel, or childcare staff also qualifies.

With many El Pasoans wanting to get the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine, expect that all 5,000 vaccinations appointments will fill immediately.  UMC will close the vaccine registration after reaching the 5,000 registrants; however, the hospital says it will make other opportunities to register for vaccinations in the coming weeks.

For Seniors 65 +:

UMC also announced that it would open its special Super Seniors registration portal (for residents 65 and older) and contact them via phone at 9 a.m. on Thursday, March 11, and close immediately when available appointments have been exhausted.

There will be 1,000 appointments for Super Seniors available online, and there will be 1,000 Super Senior appointments available through a select phone appointment line at 915-200-2700.

For more COVID-19 information, visit epstrong.org.

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