Almost as soon as the 6 o’clock hour chimed, University Medical Center’s online registration for the first doses of the Pfizer Covid-19 Vaccine filled up.
As with UMC’s previous timed appointment events, the spots were taken quickly, leading many to take their complaints of re-directs or unavailable websites to their social media pages.
On UMC’s Facebook page, those trying to set their appointments shared similar stories, saying that the spots were gone in minutes.
The next scheduled appointment event is this Thursday, for senior El Pasoans, 75 and older.
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Tuesday afternoon, University Medical Center of El Paso officials announced that the hospital would be opening registration on its website at 6 p.m. today to accommodate 5,000 first doses of the Pfizer vaccine.
“UMC anticipates all 5,000 vaccination appointments will be exhausted within minutes, closing the registration system immediately upon reaching 5,000 registrants; however, El Pasoans will again see more opportunities to register for vaccinations through UMC very soon,” UMC officials added.
People qualified for current vaccination under Texas Department of State Health Services vaccination groups 1A and 1B can do so online, as soon as the system opens 6 p.m. Tuesday, February 23.
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People 65 years of age and older and those 16 years of age and older with at least one chronic medical condition
UMC also announced it will open its special Super Seniors registration portal (for those 75 and older) and telephone (for those 75 and older) at open 9 a.m. Thursday, February 25.
There will be 2,500 appointments for Super Seniors available online, and there will be 1,000 Super Senior appointments available via special telephone appointment line at 200-2700. Both the online and phone registration will close when available appointments have been exhausted.
“Regarding pending shipment of the Moderna 2nd doses, UMC has received its anticipated shipment of vaccine,” officials added. “UMC will be reaching out to confirm appointments for Moderna 2nd dose recipients. All Pfizer 2nd doses will continue as scheduled.”
Finally, UMC’s community clinics will continue to administer vaccines to Super Seniors and Category 1b patients 65 and older existing in the UMC patient database as well as to underserved areas throughout El Paso County.