UTEP Continues COVID-19 Vaccination Program
Last Updated on January 28, 2021 at 12:00 AM
Originally published January 28, 2021
By UC Staff
EL PASO, Texas – The University of Texas at El Paso is continuing to administer doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine this week to current students, faculty and staff. The vaccine has been allocated to UTEP by the State of Texas.
UTEP is administering the vaccines Thursday and Friday, Jan. 28-29, 2021, in the University’s new Interdisciplinary Research Building.
Last week UTEP was able to provide 1,148 doses of the vaccine.
“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.”
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 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the State of Texas.