UMC records for 5,000 vaccines filled in 3 minutes

UPGRADE: All last University Medical Center vaccination appointments were booked within three minutes of starting online registration at 6pm Tuesday.

There are currently no more spots available until the “super-senior” registration on Thursday morning. See the original report below for more details.

ORIGINAL REPORT: El Paso, Texas – The University Medical Center said Tuesday that it has received 5,000 more first doses of the coronavirus vaccine that it is ready to distribute.

Registration will open at 6 p.m. Tuesday at for those in state vaccination categories 1A and 1B, which include healthcare workers, first responders, anyone 65 or older, or others with certain health conditions underlying.

A UMC spokesperson said it is anticipated, as in previous registration events, that the 5,000 vaccination appointments will be completed in minutes.

The UMC website will only accept registrations until all open appointments are scheduled. After that point, the site will close access.

Additionally, UMC will hold a special appointment registration Thursday at 9 am “super seniors” – those 75 years of age and older.

At that time, “super seniors” can register online at or by calling 915-200-2700. Both the phone number and website will be closed after available appointments are taken on Thursday.

There will be 2,500 appointments available online for “super seniors” online and 1,000 available by phone, officials said.

UMC also said it has received a shipment of second doses of Moderna vaccine and will contact to confirm appointments for recipients of the second dose. The hospital said that all second doses of Pfizer will continue to be administered as scheduled.

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