This is our shot!

Vaccination is the best form of protection against an infectious disease. A vaccine activates a person's immune system by creating antibodies that will help the body fight the virus and prevent disease if later exposed to the virus.

The City of El Paso is one of several healthcare providers able to dispense the vaccine. The City is now able to register and vaccinate on the same day at any City vaccination site, no appointment needed!

Please review the FAQs below. If you have an issue with registering or booking your vaccine please submit an issue or call 915-21-COVID (915-212-6843).

Step 1

All residents 12 and older are now eligible:

Currently the City of El Paso is providing vaccines to individuals 12 years of age and older.

At this time, youth 12 to 17 seeking to be vaccinated must visit the El Paso Convention Center with their parent or guardian. Addresses and hours of operation are listed below.

Step 2

Visit our walk-up site OR schedule an appointment:

The City of El Paso does not require you to schedule an appointment to get your vaccine when visiting the Downtown Vaccine Hub at the El Paso Convention Center. The City also offers vaccines at our COVID-19 Clinics. No appointments are needed to get a vaccine at the clinics. Addresses and hours of operation are listed below.

Vaccines are also available to the public without an appointment at one of the various pop-up sites through the City, which can be found on this calendar.

You can also still register and schedule your appointment online by clicking on the link below!

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Step 3

Be sure to get your second dose!

If you received the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine be sure to note that you will need two COVID-19 vaccine doses to fully prepare your body to fight any potential COVID-19 infection.

When a vaccine requires two shots, the first shot helps your body recognize the virus and gets your immune system ready, while the second shot strengthens that immune response.

The Moderna vaccine dosing schedule recommends the second shot be given 28 days after the first shot, while the Pfizer vaccine dosing schedule recommends the second shot be given 21 days after the first shot.

If you don’t get the second shot on time, it’s recommended you get it as soon as possible. Even if you get the second shot late, you won’t have to repeat the first one.

Step 4

Third COVID-19 Vaccine Dose

The third COVID-19 vaccine dose is available for moderately to severely immunocompromised individuals. A third dose will only be administered 28 days after receiving the second dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. This includes people who have:

This includes people who have:

  • Been receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood
  • Received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
  • Received a stem cell transplant within the last 2 years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
  • Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
  • Advanced or untreated HIV infection
  • Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress your immune response

People should talk to their healthcare provider about their medical condition, and whether getting an additional dose is appropriate for them.

CDC does not recommend additional doses of the vaccine (third shot) for any other population at this time.

CDC recommends that people with moderately to severely compromised immune systems receive an additional dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at least 28 days after a second dose of Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

Please Note:
Health officials note that this third dose is NOT a booster. The third dose follows 28 days after an initial vaccine series is administered to people who may not have a strong enough immune response after receiving the initial vaccine series. A booster dose is a supplemental dose given to individuals whose immune response has weakened over time and administered eight (8) months after an initial vaccine series is administered.

The City of El Paso is preparing to administer the booster shots in late September once federal and state guidelines are provided.

Step 5

After getting vaccinated:

Immunity is not achieved immediately after vaccination and the vaccine won't be available to everyone at the same time, so please continue following all health and safety protocols to protect yourself and those around you.

>Wash your hands

Wash your hands often with warm and soapy water for at least 20 seconds.

Keep a safe space

Keep a safe space of 6 feet between you and others.

Wear a face mask

Wear a face mask when going out in public.

Stay home if sick

Stay home if you are feeling sick and get tested.

COVID-19 Vaccination Sites

The City of El Paso is one of various healthcare providers approved by the State to dispense the COVID-19 vaccine. You can register and schedule an appointment for the COVID-19 vaccine with the City of El Paso or show up at any of the City's vaccination sites without an appointment.

Below find a list of various COVID-19 vaccine providers and sites.

The City of El Paso is also collaborating with University Medical Center (UMC) to vaccinate the community. Individuals who have registered with the City might also be contacted by UMC staff who will ask additional questions to complete the registration process with the County of El Paso.

If you have questions about the City's COVID Vaccination sites or services call (915) 212-6843.

El Paso Convention Center
(12 and older, APPOINTMENT
NEEDED for third dose)

1 Civic Center Plaza
No appointment is needed if receiving a first or second dose.
Noon to 6 p.m.
Monday through Friday
8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday

COVID-19 Clinics
(12 and older, APPOINTMENT
NEEDED for third dose)

All clinics are open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to Noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
No appointment is needed if receiving a first or second dose; however, residents must register and schedule an appointment to get a third dose of the vaccine at any of the following locations:

  • 220 S. Stanton (corner of First and Stanton)
  • 9341 Alameda
  • 7380 Remcon
  • 9566 Railroad

City of El Paso Vaccine Mega Site
(12 and older, APPOINTMENT NEEDED)

301 George Perry
Mega site is open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to Noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

City Pop-up Events
(18 and older,
NO APPOINTMENT NEEDED)

Please see calendar below »

Albertsons

Registration and scheduling is online here »
Or call (915) 857-2474

CVS Pharmacy

Registration and scheduling is online here »

Immunize El Paso

Registration and scheduling is online here »
Or call (915) 857-2474

Life Ambulance

Registration and scheduling is online here »

Walgreens

Appointments open every Friday at 10 a.m. for the following week.
Registration and scheduling is online. Persons must create an account with Walgreens to make an appointment.

See Registration Website »

Walmart

Registration and scheduling is online here »

Below is a calendar of upcoming COVID-19 Registration and/or Vaccine Pop-up Events in El Paso:

Community Vaccine Survey

If you have not received the vaccine yet or if you are still on the fence about getting the vaccine, we'd like to know your thoughts! Tell us about how willing or hesitant you are to get the vaccine and why:

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Frequently Asked Questions

Please review the questions below if you have an issue with registering or booking your vaccine please submit an issue or call 915-21-COVID (915-212-6843).

Can kids get vaccinated?

The Federal Drug Administration has authorized the emergency use of the Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine for people 12 years of age and older. Only the Pfizer vaccine is available for teenagers as young as 12 years of age. Pfizer’s initial trials showed that it was safe and effective. More studies are being carried out on children as young as 12 years of age by Moderna and Johnson & Johnson

Which vaccines are we getting and how many doses do I need to take?

The City of El Paso has received the Moderna vaccine and the Johnson and Johnson vaccine; however, other local providers are receiving the Pfizer vaccine.

As of April 13, 2021 the City of El Paso has stopped administering the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine following recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Texas Department of State Health Services. The City of El Paso will provide updates as they become available.

The Johnson and Johnson vaccine is a single-dose vaccine. The Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines require two doses to provide full effectiveness. The first dose will help your body process, recognize, and then remember the virus, in other words, the body starts the training required to produce antibodies (defense) which are needed to fight the virus if you are exposed. The second dose will help strengthen your immune response and develop more antibodies to fight the virus. The first dose gives partial protection against the virus while the second dose gives additional protection and helps the body be ready and avoid infection.

I received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, should I be concerned?

No. For those that have received the Johnson and Johnson vaccine, there is no reason to be alarmed.

However, people who have received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine who develop severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain or shortness of breath within three weeks after vaccination should contact their healthcare provider. Health care providers are asked to report adverse events to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System at https://vaers.hhs.gov/reportevent.html.

The City of El Paso will provide updates as they become available.

I registered but have not been contacted to schedule an appointment, what should I do?

If you have an issue with registering or booking your vaccine please submit an issue or call 915-21-COVID (915-212-6843).

Please note, the City of El Paso does not require you to schedule an appointment to get your vaccine at any of the City's vaccination sites. A list of the City's vaccination sites and Vaccine Pop-up Events are found below.

Does the vaccine contain a live virus?

None of the COVID-19 vaccines currently approved or in use in the United States, contain the live virus that causes COVID-19, that makes the vaccine safe to be given to people with underlying medical conditions.

What phase is the City of El Paso in and who qualifies?

Currently the City of El Paso is providing vaccines to all members of the public 12 and older.

How do I confirm that I have registered?

When registering you should receive a confirmation email. Please be sure to check your Spam and/or Junk folders. If you have received emails from the City providing vaccine updates that means you are registered, if you have not received any emails please call (915) 212-6843.

If I receive my first dose of vaccine can I be infected with COVID-19?

YES. You still can be infected by someone who has COVID-19, your body needs time to produce antibodies and you are not fully protected against COVID-19 after only 1 dose of the vaccine. Therefore, we still recommend everyone to continue be vigilant and careful, wearing their mask, observing social distancing, and practicing good hygiene.

If I feel sick do I need to go and get tested for COVID even if I receive my vaccine?

Yes. If you feel sick, develop cough, lose sense of smell or taste, fever, sore throat, nasal congestion. These symptoms are not caused by the vaccine and you need to get tested. Reactions to the vaccine typically happen after 1-2 days after receiving the vaccine. If more days have passed, it is likely NOT the effects of the vaccine and you might be getting sick.

If I receive my vaccine and get tested, will my test will be positive?

NO. If you test positive that means that you are infected with the COVID-19 virus and need to isolate. The vaccine does not make the test positive since the vaccine does not contain the live virus.

When do I take my second dose and what vaccine should I receive for my second dose? Can I get my second dose from another vaccine provider?

If you received the Johnson and Johnson vaccine, you do NOT need a second dose, as the Johnson and Johnson vaccine is a single-dose vaccine.

If you received the Pfizer vaccine, the second dose can be taken 21 days after receiving your first shot.

If you received the Moderna vaccine, your second dose is due between 28 and 42 days after receiving your first shot.

You should receive the same brand vaccine for your second dose. This vaccine is not interchangeable, and it is recommended to receive both doses from the same manufacturer.

Additionally, it is recommended to get the second dose from the same provider that provided the 1st dose. The provider will identify the location where to obtain the 2nd dose. If your first provider was the City, we will advise you of your second dose appointment via email, text or phone.

Can I receive my COVID-19 vaccine along with other vaccines I need?

NO. It is recommended that you not receive any vaccines 14 days prior and that the COVID-19 vaccine be administered by itself. This is to monitor side effects without having the possibility that the other vaccines may cause a reaction. Also, it will help better monitor the side effects of the COVID vaccine.

Where can I get vaccinated?

The City of El Paso is one of several local healthcare providers registered and able to administer the COVID-19 vaccine. Below please find a list of vaccine sites offered by the City and several community partners.

The City of El Paso does not require you to schedule an appointment to get your vaccine at any of the City's vaccination sites. A list of the City's vaccination sites and Vaccine Pop-up Events are found below.

The City of El Paso does not require you to schedule an appointment to get your vaccine when visiting the El Paso Convention Center,1 Civic Center Plaza.

The City of El Paso is also collaborating with University Medical Center (UMC) to vaccine the community. Individuals who have registered with the City might also be contacted by UMC staff who will ask additional questions to complete the registration process with the County of El Paso.

Also call your primary care provider and ask if they registered to receive and administer the vaccine.

What are the side effects?

Typical side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine may include swelling or pain at the site of injection, tiredness, fever or headache, as well as muscular or joint pain. These signs and symptoms are mild to moderate particular after the first dose. The incidence of fever has so far been found to be higher after receiving the second dose. People that have been previously infected may experience more intense signs and symptoms but that is expected and not a reason to be alarmed. It is not considered an allergic reaction and those signs and symptom will resolve within 2-3 days.

Severe allergic reactions are rare but can happen. According to the World Health Organization, serious side effects from the COVID-19 vaccine rarely occur but may happen if you have had a severe allergic reaction to any other vaccine, to the first COVID-19 vaccine or to any components of the vaccine, for that reason talk to your primary care provider because that might be a contraindication to receive the vaccine.

Can I receive the vaccine if I have allergies to foods or to animals?

Yes, it is safe you can receive your COVID vaccine, please consult with your primary care provider if you have history of severe allergies that required hospitalization. We require people to wait for at least 15 minutes after the administration of the vaccine to watch for any immediate reactions, but if you report allergies, we will ask you to wait for at least 30 minutes.

Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe?

Yes. The technology used on this vaccine has been in the make for many years now and has been tried in thousands of individuals before approval and authorization was requested. The FDA is required to make decisions that are guided by science and data regarding authorization or approval of COVID-19 vaccines and any other vaccine, biological or medication. Up to now, after the vaccine was given authorization, thousands of doses have been administered and so far, there has not been any indication of any other side effects attributed to the vaccine and continues to be considered safe. We are encouraging everyone who receive the vaccine to register with CDC at V-safe to report how they feel after the vaccine and to monitor for any side effects. That will give valuable information to the CDC and the manufacturers in regards to the side effects people experience after vaccination.

Is the COVID-19 vaccine free?

Yes. The vaccine is given to people free of charge since the vaccine was purchased with U.S. taxpayer dollars. However, some private vaccination providers are allowed to charge administration or other administrative fees for giving the shot. Vaccination providers can get this fee reimbursed by the patient's public or private insurance company or, for uninsured patients, by the Health Resources and Services Administration's Provider Relief Fund.

I tested positive for COVID-19, do I still need to get the vaccine?

Yes. You may receive the vaccine particularly if you belong to any of the initial priority groups; however, it is recommended that you receive the vaccine 90 days after you were infected, giving the opportunity to receive the vaccine to those at-risk that have not been infected allowing them protection conferred by the vaccine.

Can I still take my medications before and after I receive my COVID vaccine?

Yes. It is safe to continue taking your regular medications before and after the COVID vaccine, there will be no reactions or interactions between the vaccine and your medications. Please do not stop you regular medications.

Can I receive the COVID vaccine if I live with someone that has a very low immune system (such as someone receiving chemotherapy)

Yes, it is safe to receive your COVID vaccine and you will not cause any harm to any love one with very low immune system. Since it is not a live virus vaccine you will not infect others. It is recommended that you receive the vaccine to decrease the possibility of infecting your loved one with COVID-19.

My company/office would like to help with vaccines?

If your company/office wishes to administer vaccines and have (or contract) a medical director, you may enroll as a COVID-19 vaccine provider with the Department of State Health Services (DSHS). DSHS will approve your application and ship vaccines as they are allocated. If you wish to volunteer in the City vaccine administration efforts, please call (915) 212-6843. You may also register through the Medical Reserve Corps website at https://westtexasmrc.org/about-us/ for other response volunteer opportunities.

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Free Vaccination Rides

Get FREE or reduced rate rides to and from vaccination sites with the services below.

Uber - APP

Can get ride to and from vaccine site, find vaccine site near them, set up appointment at Walgreens, and donate rides via the Vaccine Access Fund.

How it works

  1. Open the Uber app and tap ‘Vaccine’.
  2. Schedule Ride OR Make Vaccine Appointment
  3. Enter the zip code of your appointment to find the location you are going to or coming from.
  4. Select your provider location and your ride option, free up to $25 each way. Your drivers will be paid in full, but if you want to give some extra thanks to your drivers, please remember to leave a tip!

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Lyft - Online

Can get a free or discounted ride to and from a vaccine site and fund rides.

Valid 5/24-7/4. Max discount of $15 per ride.

Steps to get a ride

  1. Go to lyft.com/vaccine-access
  2. Click Get a ride
  3. Follow prompts
  4. Enter email address
  5. Answer questions
  6. Get code to redeem ride in app

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Project Amistad – Call

Can get a free ride to vaccination site.

Terms

Steps to get a ride

  1. Get appointment or register for a walk-up site.
  2. Call 915-212-6843 24 hours prior to appointment to book a ride.

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Sun Metro – Select vaccination locations only

Free rides to vaccination sites at the County Coliseum, the Convention Center, and West Side Vaccination Site.

Terms

Call 915-21-COVID with questions.