texas-covid-vaccine A member of the US Air Force directs patients after they received a COVID-19 vaccination at a Federal Emergency Management Agency vaccination supersite at NRG Park, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021, in Houston.
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From CVS to WellMed, more healthcare institutions and pharmacies have begun to distribute COVID-19 vaccines.

In the aftermath of the snowstorm crisis in Texas, the COVID-19 vaccine distribution came to a halt. Now vaccine distribution is resuming for Texans. While the vaccine supply is still low, more healthcare institutions and pharmacies are distributing the COVID-19 vaccine this week. 

Texas is currently vaccinating Phase 1A, which includes front-line healthcare workers and residents at long-term care facilities, and Phase 1B, people 65 and up or people 16 and older with a health condition that increases the risk of severe COVID‑19 illness. Click here for more information on the distribution schedule. 

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Here’s more information on where you can sign up for the COVID-19 vaccine. 

San Antonio

“For a COVID vaccine, folks can call tomorrow morning starting at 8 am to make appointments,” Rep. Joaquín Castro (D-Texas) tweeted on Feb. 23. “Call 833-968-1745. Health care workers and anyone over the age of 65 or 16 and older with chronic conditions are eligible to receive a COVID vaccine at this time.”

On Feb. 24, WellMed, a physician-led healthcare delivery system in San Antonio, opened up a vaccine registration hotline, and even Latino state politicians were encouraging residents to sign up. 

El Paso

On Feb. 23, the University Medical Center of El Paso opened up its registration as well. People can register at UMCelpaso.org

“UMC anticipates all 5,000 vaccination appointments will be exhausted within minutes, closing the registration system immediately upon reaching 5,000 registrants; however, El Pasoans will again see more opportunities to register for vaccinations through UMC very soon,” UMC officials said in a statement.

At least one Walmart in El Paso, so far, is also offering the COVID-19 vaccine via a drive-thru clinic near the Cielo Vista Mall on 7101 Gateway Boulevard West. 

Rep. Verónica Escobar (D-Texas) is fighting to ensure residents in El Paso get vaccinated now as Latinos in the US are one of the least vaccinated populations. 

“The pandemic has hit communities like El Paso the hardest, and unfortunately, the barriers to getting our community vaccinated are immense,” Rep. Escobar tweeted today. “We must pass the American Rescue Plan to ensure the equitable distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine. #VaccineEquity.”

President Joe Biden is attempting to ramp up the vaccine distribution to all, but he warned it would take some time. 

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“The honest truth is this, things will get worse before they get better,” Biden said, according to The New York Times. “And the policy changes we are going to be making, they’re going to take time to show up in the Covid statistics.”

Houston

More CVS chains will also be offering the vaccine. As of now, 47 more select CVS Pharmacies in Texas, including 15 in the Houston area, will be open for online registrations starting now. They will begin administrating the shots today. To register, click here or call 1-800-746-7287.