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The University of Texas at El Paso provided an update Thursday, noting that the college is continuing to administer doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine this week to current students, faculty and staff.
“Here at UTEP, we continue to vaccinate our students, faculty and staff who are at high risk,” UTEP President Heather Wilson said. “We’re following the priority guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state health authorities, and we know the vaccine is still in short supply, so we’re making sure we request only what we need for our people in the high-risk groups.”
UTEP is administering the vaccines, allocated to UTEP by the State of Texas, on Thursday and Friday, January 28-29, 2021, in the University’s new Interdisciplinary Research Building.
Last week UTEP was able to provide 1,148 doses of the vaccine.
University officials add that the vaccines are being administered to faculty, staff and current students who work in a healthcare setting or are in close contact with people who may have COVID-19, including the staff and volunteers with the University’s COVID-19 testing and vaccinations programs, people over age 65, and adults with health conditions that put them at higher risk for complications related to COVID-19.
Students and faculty from the School of Pharmacy and the School of Nursing and College of Health Sciences are administering the vaccines to members of the UTEP community.
Faculty, staff and current students who pre-registered are being contacted by UTEP and scheduled for their vaccination. There will be no walk-in vaccinations at UTEP.
As the availability of vaccines permits, University officials will continue to schedule sessions of the vaccination clinic. All of the nearly 27,000 UTEP students, faculty and staff members have an opportunity to sign up and receive the vaccine based on the risk criteria set by the CDC and the State of Texas.