Vaccine line already forming

Staff Writer

As of Thursday morning more than 20,000 people had already signed up to get vaccinated against COVID-19 in the Rio Grande Valley and the line was getting longer.

On Wednesday The UTRGV School of Medicine and its care team, UT Health RGV, distributed all 900 doses of the Moderna vaccine it received Monday from the Texas Department of State Health Services. UT Health RGV distributed 400 doses in Mercedes, 250 in Harlingen and 250 in Brownsville, and was awaiting shipment of more vaccine from DSHS.

In the meantime the agency was encouraging people who are eligible to receive the vaccine to register by completing an online form found on the UT Health RGV COVID-19 webpage.

The registration form reserves a person’s place in line and allows the UT Health RGV to schedule an appointment for them to receive the vaccine. Patrick Gonzalez, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley associate vice president and spokesman, urged people to be patient.

“We’re in the first distribution phase right now. As of last night 20,000 had registered and more were coming in all the time,” Gonzalez said Thursday morning.