EL PASO, Texas – University Medical Center’s West Clinic on Wednesday became the first El Paso facility to administer the Kovid-19 vaccination to high-risk members of the general public.
6600 N. of Clinic El Paso. Desert was providing vaccinations to people 75 and older at 5 pm in Boulevard.
UMC officials along with El Paso County Judge Ricardo Samaniego confirmed to ABC-7 that vaccinations, which had not been previously announced, were taking place.
Earlier on Wednesday, the El Paso Department of Public Health announced that it would soon begin the Kovid-19 vaccination for El Pasoans who are 65 and older, and those with at least 16 with some chronic medical conditions Of the year.
The plan is in line with the guidance of the Texas State Department of State Health Services, which was unveiled earlier this week, aimed at “protecting the most vulnerable cases.”
Angela Bora, director of the El Paso Department of Health, said, “Because Phase 1B provides the vaccine to high-risk individuals regardless of their work area or condition, it will provide protection of Kovid-19 to many important populations.”
The vaccine, which first arrived in El Paso on 14 December, was administered until Wednesday only for front-line care workers.
In a statement, El Paso health officials said it would “begin receiving the vaccine within the next few weeks, the first Kovid-19 priority group,” but no further details have been provided on the availability deadline.
The next stage of the vaccine includes, but is not limited to, underlying health conditions:
- chronic kidney disease
- Prolonged lung obstruction
- Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease or cardiomyopathy
- Solid organ transplant
- Obesity and severe obesity
- sickle cell disease
- Type 2 diabetes mellitus
Officials indicated that they would advise El Pasoans once the vaccine was available for the next stage and provide timely information on how to schedule vaccination appointments on epsrong.org.