Why the long lines for COVID-19 vaccines in El Paso?


EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — El Paso leaders on Tuesday addressed the long lines some people are facing to get their COVID-19 vaccines.

Most of the congestion is centered around the vaccine distribution site on George Perry Blvd., near the El Paso International Airport.

Some KTSM viewers have reported waiting hours to receive their shots.

At a news conference, city officials said the issue is that many people are arriving way ahead of their scheduled appointment times, causing backup.

“If somebody shows up on time and there are several hundred people who jumped the queue, their wait times are being delayed,” said El Paso Fire Department Chief Mario D’Agostino.

“That’s what we’re seeing a lot of,” he added.

The chief said people are also bringing along others who are not yet eligible for a vaccine and are not yet registered.

“Once you get an appointment, you’re on a list,” D’Agostino said. “We’re going to verify everyone who pulls up to ensure that they’re on that list.”

“We have a lot of cars showing up with multiple people; some aren’t on the list,” he said.

As of Tuesday, 35,466 people in El Paso have received at least one vaccine dose, according to state data.

City officials said roughly 100,000 people have registered for their dosages.

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

KTSM Video Center

City of El Paso seeks federal assistance as it prepares for possible 'migrant surge' amid pandemic

Bills one win away from Super Bowl as 'Pancho Power' lives on

El Paso immigration advocates say complications remain for migrants waiting in Juarez despite end to 'Remain in Mexico'

El Pasoan running for mayor of New York City

DEA Tip of the Week: Signs your teen smokes marijuana

Woman in viral video yelling profanities about 'Mexicans' speaks out

More El Paso News
Advertise with KTSM 9 Link