UMC opens vaccine registration on Tuesday

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Additional vaccine registrations will open Thursday

FILE – In this Monday, Jan. 4, 2021 file photo, frozen vials of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine are taken out to thaw, at the MontLegia CHC hospital in Liege, Belgium. The European Commission has secured an agreement with Pfizer-BioNTech for an extra 4 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to tackle a surge of coronavirus clusters that have prompted border restrictions. The doses are expected to be delivered before the end of March. The EU’s executive arm is worried by the worsening situation in several areas, mainly due to the spread of new variants. It also does not want virus clusters to prompt more border restrictions. The EU has cited Tyrol in Austria, Nice and Moselle in France, Bolzano in Italy and some parts of Bavaria and Saxony in Germany as places where COVID-19 hospitalizations have been on the rise. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco, File)

Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to reflect that the City of El Paso is not involved in the registration process.

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — University Medical Center is opening online registration at 6 p.m. on Tuesday for 4,000 first doses of the Pfizer vaccine.

People qualified for current vaccination under Texas Department of State Health Services vaccination include groups 1A, 1B, school and childcare personnel and people 50 years and older.

People can register at

As a reminder, these are the qualified groups:

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

Group/Category 1C:
People 50 to 64 years of age

 School and Childcare Personnel
 The following education and childcare personnel are now eligible to be vaccinated in Texas:

  • Those who work in pre-primary, primary, and secondary schools;
  • Head Start and Early Head Start programs (including teachers, staff, and bus drivers); and
  • Those who work as (or for) licensed childcare providers, including center-based and family care providers.

UMC will close the system as soon as the 4,000 vaccination appointments are exhausted.

At 9 a.m. Thursday, UMC will also open its telephone registration at (915) 200-2700 for those without internet access or seniors. There will be 725 appointments available.

UMC will also open its registration portal at 6 p.m. Thursday for school and childcare personnel and those 65 and older. There will be 1,000 appointments available online.

Both the online and phone registration will close when available appointments have been exhausted.

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