Thursday morning, the City of El Paso Department of Public Health is calling on the community to fill out an online survey to determine the community’s overall willingness to get the awaited COVID-19 vaccine.
“We continue to see the spread of COVID-19 in our community and for this reason receiving a COVID-19 vaccine will be a crucial component in combatting the disease and ending the pandemic,” said Public Health Director Angela Mora.
“The City has been working with the State to enroll local eligible healthcare, and other providers to dispense the vaccine to community members; but we would also like to hear from residents about their willingness or reluctance to get the COVID-19 vaccine.”
The survey, which is in both English and Spanish, can be found at EPStrong.org under the Vaccination tab.
The survey asks the community members about how willing they are to get the vaccine; or if they are reluctant, why they are reluctant to vaccinate. Additionally, the survey asks the community additional questions to include questions about their concerns regarding COVID-19, health protocols and flu immunization.
Officials advised the vaccine will be received in three (3) phases. Supplies will be limited during the first phase and will be distributed through the federal government in coordination with the states; and therefore it is critical that Texas healthcare, and other providers register through the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), to become vaccine dispensing organizations.
Vaccines will not be available to providers without registering with the DSHS. Health officials urge local healthcare providers, clinics, healthcare facilities and pharmacies, to enroll and become COVID-19 vaccine providers in order to provide vaccines to the most vulnerable populations. To-date more than 120 El Paso providers have enrolled with DSHS.
The detailed COVID-19 Vaccination Program, to include the COVID-19 registration information, is listed online at EPStrong.org under the Vaccination link.
The State of Texas will employ a tiered system for vaccine administration, per federal guidelines, to manage the initially vaccine supplies. The CDC continues to update states and stakeholders about its requirements for the anticipated vaccine distribution.
The situation continues to evolve as COVID-19 vaccine trials for safety and efficacy with double- and single-dose continue. DSHS will provide registrants with updated information on an ongoing basis as will the City as it learns more about the process.
For more COVID-19 information about the community’s vaccine plan as well as testing, data and prevention, visit www.epstrong.org.