El Paso set to receive 10,000 COVID-19 vaccines next week

El Paso News

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — El Paso City and County officials announced that a total of 10,000 Moderna COVID-19 vaccines are set to be delivered to El Paso next week.

El Paso Fire Chief Mario D’Agostino said El Paso has been selected by the State as a test community to participate in mass vaccinations.

D’Agostino said the City is receiving 5,000 Moderna vaccines and County hospital University Medical Center will also receive an additional 5,000, for a total of 10,000 doses.

However the 10,000 vaccines isn’t near the more than 80,000 individuals registered and waiting for a vaccine.

“It’s dependent on the supply we will vaccine those that are pre-registered when they pre-register they have to understand we are focusing on 1A and 1B classifications,” D’Agostino said.

Those in the 1A and 1B groups are healthcare workers working closely with COVID-19 patients and people 65 or older and people 16 and older with at least one chronic condition.

This is for new individuals seeking to get the first dose of the vaccine, as El Paso Department of Public Health Director Angela Mora said the required second doses are already allocated for those individuals who received their first dose.

Mora added the Department of Public Health was already calling those individuals who attended the vaccination event at the zoo on December 24 to set up their second shot.

“As we speak we are calling them, we haven’t reached 100 percent of the individuals but we are calling them,” Mora said.

Chief D’Agostino said if the pilot mega-testing program goes well, the City can possibly receive more mass doses in the future. He said the reason El Paso was selected is because its done well at quickly administering the vaccines from when they’re delivered.

As for the 80,000 plus people waiting on a call for the vaccine, Chief D’Agostino said the City was working on developing a system to reach out to individuals with emails and updates on their queue in line, but he says for now, he encourages the community to remain patient.

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