Beginning Thursday, officials with Emergence Health Network (EHN), together with Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, will administer COVID-19 vaccines to several EHN clients who might not otherwise have access to the vaccine.
According to officials, adults with disabilities are more likely to have underlying medical conditions that could put them at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19.
“We are excited about this partnership because in the end, it’s our EHN clients with intellectual/developmental disabilities who will benefit. Access to health care is often a challenge for this population, but the donation will ensure they are protected as well,” said Kristi Daugherty, Emergence Health Network CEO.
Three thousand doses of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine arrived at the Texas Tech Physicians of El Paso Alberta, Kenworthy and Transmountain clinics on Wednesday, December 23.
Since then, TTUHSC El Paso has been working with community partners to determine how El Paso can best be served with this recent round of vaccines.
“The important work Emergence Health Network does in our community is invaluable, and we’re happy to extend a helping hand to ensure their clients are kept safe from serious illness due to COVID-19,” said TTUHSC El Paso President Richard Lange, M.D., M.B.A.
“As always, TTUHSC El Paso’s priority is to improve the health and lives of Borderland residents, and we’ll continue working with local organizations to assist with gaps in access to COVID-19 vaccinations.”
As the largest mental health provider in El Paso County, Emergence currently has 19 service locations where they assist a wide array of our population to include adults, children, veterans, the homeless and justice-involved individuals.
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