EL PASO, Texas – The University Medical Center said on Friday it had received just 5,000 new doses of the modern coronavirus vaccine that it planned to soon distribute to a new mega-site being installed at the El Paso County Coliseum.
UMC spokesman Ryan Mielke said, “We received 5,000 doses, they have arrived. We will start registration again.”
Registration opened at noon on Friday at UMCelpaso.org for those in the state’s immunization categories 1A and 1B, including health workers, first-responders, 65 and older or some other underlying health conditions.
But Mielke said that all online appointments were filled within 12 minutes and website registration was now closed. He said there would be no walk-up vaccination at the Coliseum.
The new dose replaces 5,000 that UMC had given earlier this week in tents set up at the hospital.
El Paso County Judge Ricardo Samaniago, speaking at a press conference Thursday evening, first mentioned the plan for the coliseum distribution when additional vaccines were supplied.
“This transition will be very important. The message the Mayor (Oscar Lesser) and I have given is that the faster we are able to move things, and the better and efficient we are – the more likely we are to Going to get more vaccines, ”Samaniego told reporters.
5,000 added doses of UMC come on the heels of 5,000 dose shipments received Thursday by the LMC Health Department. Like the UMC, the city of El Paso ended its 5,000 vaccinations this week with delivery to a mega-site near the airport.
“We are recognized as one of the best counties here in Texas that is moving forward in the delivery that is necessary,” Samanyego said. “We are hoping that things are going to move fast.”