UT Health RGV has reopened its online COVID-19 vaccine registration form to the public, to the first 10,000 registrants who qualify under the recently expanded Phase 1A and 1B guidelines, which now includes educators.

After 10,000 submissions are recorded, UT Health RGV will temporarily close the platform in order to process and administer vaccines to the newly registered group. It will reopen registration when the list of 10,000 has been completed.

The school says it is giving on average 2,000 first dose vaccines weekly.

Here are the links to register:

>> English: uthealthrgv.org/vaccine
>> Spanish: uthealthrgv.org/vacuna

Are you eligible?

There is no citizenship or residency requirement, and registrants are not required to show a Social Security number.

The federal government recently expanded Phase 1b eligibility determinations to include the following education and childcare personnel:

Those who work in pre-primary, primary, and secondary schools, Head Start and Early Head Start programs. This includes teachers, staff, and bus drivers. Those who work as or for licensed childcare providers, including center-based and family care providers are also eligible.

Those who fall into Phase 1a are frontline healthcare workers and residents at long-term care facilities.

In addition to education and childcare personnel, those who fall into Phase 1b are people 65 and older, or 16 and older with a health condition that increases the risk of severe COVID‑19 illness, including but not limited to:

>> Cancer
>> Obesity (BMI 30+)
>> Type 2 diabetes
>> Chronic kidney disease
>> COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
>> Down Syndrome
>> Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies
>> Organ transplantation
>> Pregnancy
>> Sickle cell disease