EL PASO, Texas — Five nurses at University Medical Center were the first to receive the highly anticipated COVID-19 vaccine after the first shipment arrived.
UMC is the first hospital in the region to receive the vaccine shipment, receiving a total of 2,925. Four other area hospitals are expecting 975 doses each later this week.
Healthcare workers are the first to receive the vaccine as part of the state’s rollout plan. While it is not available to the general public at this time, health officials believe it could be ready in the Spring of 2021.
Nurses and El Paso County leaders encourage the public to continue following safety guidelines in place and said the vaccine is just another layer of protection, not a reason to drop precaution.
Source: Border Report