Vaccinating El Pasoans


Photo courtesy of Iliana Moreno

Loretto parent Armida Moreno receives her Pfizer vaccine. She was vaccinated by Providence hospitals, provided to health care workers.

Iliana Moreno, Co-Editor-in-Chief

As the new vaccines for COVID-19 begin to roll out for millions of Americans, El Pasoans await their turn.

The Texas State government has received 2.1 million doses of the vaccine, but has yet to distribute all of the, according to the ABC13.

The Texas health department has announced 28 “vaccination hubs” where counties will receive vaccinations and keep receiving them depending on the estimates of how many people they can vaccinate per week, according to the Texas Tribune.

With over 100,000 El Pasoans pre-registered for the Moderna vaccine, they find themselves waiting hours in long lines after the city only received more than 32,000 vaccination doses, according to City Manager Tommy Gonzalez.

Gonzalez said, “But it’s [vaccines] not going to be mass distributed until the summer” according to the El Paso Times.

As of January 10, 2021, El Paso has received an additional 10,000 vaccines allocated to both University Medical Center and the city of El Paso.

University Medical Center moved their vaccination site to the El Paso Coliseum, after it ran its previous vaccination site at its hospital in south-central El Paso.

According to KFOX14, representative Ryan Mielke with University Medical Center said, “1,300 people were vaccinated on the first day of relocating to the coliseum.”

The only groups currently qualified to become vaccinated at the moment are those a part of 1A and 1B, which includes all first responders and healthcare workers, people over the age of 65, and people 16 and over with a chronic medical condition.

Senior Marian Gomez received her vaccine from the city.

Gomez said, “It felt great to get vaccinated…my biggest worry was getting one of my family members sick. I felt like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders.”

As El Pasoans begin to get vaccinated against COVID-19, local and state health officials will work to roll out major vaccination distribution centers to ensure the vaccination of every willing citizen.