Due to a shipping delay, officials with the University of Texas at El Paso announced that they have been forced to postpone at least one day of their scheduled COVID-19 vaccination clinic.
According to the university, they were told they would receive 975 COVID-19 vaccines on Tuesday, however the Texas Department of State Health Services notified the University of Texas at El Paso that vaccines would not be delivered today.
“We do not know where the shipment is, but we have been told it is still scheduled to be allocated to UTEP,” university officials shared via a Tuesday afternoon news release. “As a result, we are canceling our vaccination clinic on Wednesday, January 20th.”
Officials stated that, if they do receive the vaccine Wednesday, they will continue with vaccination as scheduled Thursday, January 21.
All individuals who had appointments on January 20 will be rescheduled to a later date, which could be as early as Friday, depending on when the University receives its shipment of vaccines.
“We are eagerly awaiting the arrival of vaccine,” said Heather Wilson, President of the University. “When we receive the vaccine, we will immediately notify those who expected to be vaccinated this week so that they can be scheduled to get a shot.”
Officials add that, because of its School of Pharmacy, School of Nursing and College of Health Sciences, UTEP has qualified people and the right equipment to be able to vaccinate.
Those scheduled for the vaccine were the highest risk UTEP students, faculty and staff.